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Insert Software Dreamweaver 8 Disc and Adware Warning Pops Up

May 3, 2012 3:28 PM

Hi All,

 

When installing Dreamweaver 8 onto my computer (either in XP mode virtual box or Windows 7 professional), a pop up reads :  a virus or unwanted program adware/adware.gen was found in the e:\autorun.exe

 

This warning happens immediately as soon as I insert the disc into my laptop.  Is this normal or is this bad software?

 

I purchased this from someone on Ebay.  This Dreamweaver 8 was said to be new and with a  factory sealed package.  It all was packaged up with plastic and seemed brand new as stated.

 

Am I supposed to temporarily disable my Avira Antivirus program while I do the install or do you think this program is somehow been hacked and then packaged up?

 

Sorry to bother you all on a simple question like this but I don't know if I should tell the Ebay guy it's malicious software or not.

 

Thanks for you help on this,

 

~Tamara

 
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    May 3, 2012 4:14 PM   in reply to sculpturedolls

    I purchased this from someone on Ebay. 

    That's like buying software at a swap meet or flea market.  No telling where it came from...

    Is this normal or is this bad software?

    Legitimate software should never send up AV warnings.

     

    This Dreamweaver 8 was said to be new and with a  factory sealed package. 

    New?  DW8 (the last product developed by Macromedia) was released in 2005.  It is no longer supported.

     

    Adobe acquired the company the same year and has released 4 product versions since then. The newest product, CS6, is due out next week.   A lot has changed in web standards since 2005.  Why would you want outdated software?

    Should [ I ] tell the Ebay guy it's malicious software or not?

    I wouldn't install it.  You should demand a full refund.  But don't hold your breath waiting for one.

     

    Chalk this up to experience.  Next time, purchase your software from a licensed vendor like Adobe.com or Amazon.com.  Never buy cheap software on eBay.  It's way too risky.

     

     

     

    Good luck,

     

     

     

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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    May 3, 2012 11:30 PM   in reply to sculpturedolls

    You MUST read these links:

     

    http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/antipiracy/ - Adobe can help you get your money back if you report it from here

     

    http://prodesigntools.com/dont-buy-adobe-software-on-ebay-craigslist-o r-amazon-marketplace.html

     
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    May 4, 2012 8:01 AM   in reply to sculpturedolls

    Tamara,

    It's fair to say DW 8 was a very good product in its day.  But everything has changed since it was released in 2005.

    • HTML 4 went to XHTML 1 and now HTML 5
    • Table based layouts are no longer considered "best practice."
    • Content (HTML) is separated from Styles (CSS).
    • CSS level 1 went to CSS level 2 and now we are embracing all that CSS level 3 has to offer. 
    • Flash is pretty much dead on the web. It is being replaced with jQuery, CSS3 & HTML5 .
    • Increasingly, people are accessing the web from Smartphones, Tablets and other Touch Screen devices. How does your site hold up with these technologies?

     

    Unless you work exclusively in Code View, using outdated software isn't going to help you or your site to stay current.

     

    I think you should wait for CS6 to come out next week and download a free trial.  You might be pleasantly surprised by all it can do.

     

    CS6 Sneak Peek

    http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html

     

     

     

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    May 4, 2012 10:54 AM   in reply to sculpturedolls

    Hi

     

    First. Don't contact the seller, but ebay/paypal, (you did pay via paypal?), if you inform the seller then there is always the chance that he will close his paypal account, and if he does that is it, your money is gone.

     

    Even buying something via Amazons marketplace can have similar problems. I purchased a sealed/new Windows 7 Ultimate full version via its marketplace, that turned out to be pirated, so don't feel too bad, you are not alone.

     

    PZ

     
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    May 6, 2012 2:26 PM   in reply to sculpturedolls

    First go to PayPal.  Then report to eBay.  Don't bother contacting seller or his "satisfied" customers.  Just leave negative feedback.

    http://www.askdavetaylor.com/ripped_off_on_ebay_any_recourse.html

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    May 9, 2012 10:49 AM   in reply to sculpturedolls

    Not to demoralize your thought process in any way - but here's the way I look at it. He may be saying what he's saying to you simply because otherwise, it's not just you who's going to sue him - it's eBay, PayPal & Adobe that will. And he'll get into a soup that he will never be able to get out of!

     

    Whatever said, happy that you're getting a full refund!

     

    Lesson to be learnt: NEVER buy softwares from eBay or any online portal unless they're trusted resellers/ partners/ distributors of the company that makes them. Or, simply, the best bet is to buy them directly from the company that makes them!

     

    Cheers,

    ST

     
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    May 9, 2012 1:13 PM   in reply to sculpturedolls

    I second Sudarshan's remarks and I'm happy to hear you're getting a refund.

     

    Start with the free tutorials on Adobe Developer's Center - Getting Started tutorials

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/?view=gettingstartedF

     

    If you need in depth training, look at:

     

    Lynda.com

    http://www.lynda.com/

     

    Video2Brain

    http://www.video2brain.com/en/

     

    Remember, any disk you put into your computer is a potential threat.  That goes for programs, tutorials, freeware, etc...

     

     

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