6 Replies Latest reply on May 4, 2012 9:13 AM by sculpturedolls

    Insert Software Dreamweaver 8 Disc and Adware Warning Pops Up

    sculpturedolls

      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

        • 1. Re: Insert Software Dreamweaver 8 Disc and Adware Warning Pops Up
          Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          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  Why would you want outdated software?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,

           

           

           

          Nancy O.

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          • 2. Re: Insert Software Dreamweaver 8 Disc and Adware Warning Pops Up
            sculpturedolls Level 1

            Nancy,

             

            Thanks for your feedback. Now I know that it should not cause an "AV warning" as you put it. 

             

            This was the ebay guys response: 

            Yes this was purchased directly from adobe. I bought 4. Never used 2. Sold you and someone else brand new unopened dream weaver product and have received positive feedback from them within the last week. The other 2 programs have also worked flawlessly at my business.

            The auto run problem with adware sounds like something is downloaded on your computer that disrupts downloading software.

             

            I would never buy software that was out of the package but it was a factory sealed Dreamweaver 8 so I assumed it had to be okay.  All looks brand new on it to, the shrink wrap, everything.

             

            My reason for purchasing it is that I've been using it all these years and upgraded to new computer.  The learning curve for CS5 sounded more than I had time for at the moment.  I had read that certain parts of websites created in Dreamweaver 8 might have to be redone or tweeked in CS5.  Just using the old Dreamweaver sounded like relief to me at the moment and then upgrade when I have time.

             

            But I would like to know about "a lot has changed in web standards."  Are my websites not loading or working in some browsers correctly because of using the older Dreamweaver software? Haven't noticed anything not working when I go to my websites on my new Windows 7 computer. 

             

            I appreciate your advice.  Does the line the guy gave me above sound remotely like it could be true? 

             

            Sincerely,

             

            Tamara

            • 3. Re: Insert Software Dreamweaver 8 Disc and Adware Warning Pops Up
              sculpturedolls Level 1

              I intended to upload Dreamweaver 8 into my XP mode virtual box on my new Windows 7 professional computer.  Thought that should work fine for the time being and upgrade later.  Not a good idea though?  Still have those questions as posted above about "web standards."  I will take the time for the learning curve if my websites aren't going to be working well shortly for some reason due to web changes.

               

              Thanks again for your expertise.

               

              ~Tamara

              • 5. Re: Insert Software Dreamweaver 8 Disc and Adware Warning Pops Up
                Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                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

                 

                 

                 

                Nancy O.

                Alt-Web Design & Publishing

                Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

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                • 6. Re: Insert Software Dreamweaver 8 Disc and Adware Warning Pops Up
                  sculpturedolls Level 1

                  Thank you both very much for responding. 

                   

                  Sudarshan-  I read your links and they are very helpful.  I may let the ebay guy know that I will report this to the pirated site you gave if he doesn't return my money.

                   

                  Thought to test out whether my computer (new so I doubt it) has something wrong with the autorun system and won't allow downloads like the Ebay guy suggested, I'll put the disk in my husband's computer and see if a AV warning pops up too. Is it okay to simply insert a disk (even if it has adware) as long as I don't download it, right?  Each time I inserted it in my computer an AV warning came up and then my computer had to fix itself, make the repair, and restart and then it did a system scan that came up clean with no viruses etc. 

                   

                  Nancy-  Think I'll go that direction and purchase the new one when it comes out, first do the trial as you suggest.  I sure hope I don't have to do a lot of updates though.   I did use tables on my websites but they are collapsable or move based on the size of screen.  So they work well on my smartphone so far. :-)  Don't think I have any flash at all on my site. 

                   

                  Appreicate you taking the time to list the changes for me. 

                   

                  I'll post an update of what happens when I insert the disk in my husband's computer but first wait and see if that's an okay thing to do.

                   

                  Thank you,

                   

                  ~Tamara