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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware 188

Posted by samzenpus
from the needs-a-cleaning dept.
Deathspawner writes Windows 8 brought a lot to the table, with one of its most major features being its app store. However, it's not a feature that Microsoft seems too intent on keeping clean. As it is today, the store is completely littered with misleading apps and outright scamware. The unfortunate thing is that to find any of it, all you have to do is simply open the store and peruse the main sections. Not so surprisingly, no Microsoft software seems to be affected by this, but many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost, or will lead the user to download a third-party installer. It's only a matter of time before malware sneaks its way in, if it's not there already.
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

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  • Clickbait (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 18, 2014 @03:08PM (#47697523)

    This is a pretty bad example of clickbait. The linked bog basically says "There is junkware. Microsoft's Trademarks are protected but others, like iTunes and Firefox, get scammed by repackagers, same as any search engine.

  • So in Google Play (Score:5, Informative)

    by CptChipJew (301983) <michaelmiller@gm a i l . com> on Monday August 18, 2014 @03:25PM (#47697673) Homepage Journal
    But you don't see the Android marketshare suffering do you?
  • by Himmy32 (650060) on Monday August 18, 2014 @03:52PM (#47697897)
    If I remember correctly, the issue with VLC on the Apple store was that the GPL allows charging for the software but does not allow charging for the license. Since Apple doesn't charge for the software but instead charges for a license to the software on behalf of a third party. So you can put free GPL on the Apple store but not pay for, even though GPL allows for it.

    I actually had to read about the Wii store issue. The issue there seems to be that a subcontractor used both ScummVM and Nintendo's SDK. Nintendo explictly prohibits use of open source software together with their Wii SDK. Again nothing have to do with keys. Use of the Wii SDK forbids Open Source, so it doesn't what the terms of the GPL are, no GPL at all on the Wii Store.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 18, 2014 @04:02PM (#47697979)

    Could someone bus the table, please? I got work to do.

    That is the whole problem. Windows 8 is not designed to produce anything, only consume stuff produced by others. Probably another reason it has never caught on with businesses, you can't actually do anything useful or productive with it.

  • by John Nemesh (3244653) on Monday August 18, 2014 @04:23PM (#47698143)
    The biggest scam was getting the suckers to buy into this failed ecosystem in the first place!
  • by Dishevel (1105119) on Monday August 18, 2014 @05:03PM (#47698387)
    I knew I hated hipsters. Everyone knows that you need Notepad++.
  • by exomondo (1725132) on Monday August 18, 2014 @06:46PM (#47699093)

    Take the absolute lowest Intel and AMD quads, the Atom and Jaguar respectively, and put it against the most expensive top 'o the line ARM quad and what happens? the ARM gets a curbstomping

    Wrong [phoronix.com], you can see the Atom chips getting smashed by the Exynos 5 chip.

    And here [phoronix.com] in monte carlo and FFT benchmarks.

    And here [phoronix.com] in h.264 encoding, zip compression and PHP compilation benchmarks.

    Also here [notebookcheck.net] it's more of a mixed bag but the Atom gets thoroughly beaten and the Tegra4 and Jaguar trade the lead.

    I understand running a business that depends on PCs is where your obvious bias comes from but the facts don't lie, this isn't to say that ARM is better than x86 but in some cases it is and it most certainly isn't the "curbstomping" you claim it to be.

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