View Full Version : found site about irfanview !!??

31.08.2007, 09:56 AM
Hello, this is normal that this site exist : http://www.irfanview-pro.com

this is the first site that appears on google when we search for irfanview !

31.08.2007, 01:53 PM

i would say it´s a kind of phishing site; and it could be illlegal make money with Software Bundles, because IrfanView is Freeware and you will have server as fast as on the irfanview-pro.com homepage.

Never download software from that kind of websites, use offical sources to download IrfanView (mirrors).

Thanks for reporting, i will contact the hoster of irfanview-pro.com to ban that site ...


31.08.2007, 02:06 PM

i wrote a mail to their webhoster, go-daddy.com. In the web i found a lots of other suspicious sites from IBSOFTWARE CYPRUS.


01.09.2007, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the tip. I will warn the visitors of my website for this.

01.09.2007, 12:17 AM

they registered site like:

acrobat-ib.com or generally <well-know-product>-<string>.com

Another examples:



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Slimy SOB's have a slew of sites selling access to freeware and goodies like "gov-search.org" trying to milk suckers for fees to search for personal information.

Spread the word about this kind of rip-off any way you can. Drop a post in other forums, add something to your blog or website. We can fight back by making people aware, by giving Google some good advice for them to find along with the bad. Filthy scams will keep popping up like any disease, but more information against them can help lessen their effectiveness.

01.09.2007, 04:43 AM
I will drop posts indeed. But I don't understand why this isn't seen as unlawful behaviour. If I copy an audio album and sell it so asking money for it, so making profit, without Approval of the author, I'm in jail.
Whether the original has a price, or is for free, doesn't matter.

11.09.2007, 01:42 AM
found this ad link via the XnView site


it refers to IrfanView2007 and IrfanView2008

sounds like bad people are afoot

11.09.2007, 02:12 AM
Thanks for the tip.
I think admins running the XnView site should be taking measures against this, but well..
I'm afraid this is the price for the growing popularity of Irfan View.
Especially when it's free. Then there are alway sad nitwits trying to make a pathetic buck.
(If a gov could sell it to the public with some twisted talk, they would raise a tax for breathing air or enjoy sunlight)
The only thing we can do is warn people.

25.09.2007, 09:44 AM
Hello, this is normal that this site exist : http://www.irfanview-pro.com

this is the first site that appears on google when we search for irfanview !
McAfee SiteAdvisor
is an extension of Firefox, giving warning about such sites.
Once you have installed the extension, if you do a Google search, you see small icons which display the information for many of the results. It says something like OK, or doubtful, or dangerous.

Here it says "be careful, negative behavior reported", and you can have more details by following a link.

18.10.2007, 10:04 PM
Just was DLing the latest version of Irfanview to my office PC and saw the TuCows shows a GOOGLE AD for ""Irfanview 2008." Somebody is trying something fishy. I teach a class on digital photography AND one on finding freeware. I always suggest the REAL Irfanview site. John

19.10.2007, 05:11 AM
Somebody should bletch very loudly at Google too, for taking money to promote slime.

Bhikkhu Pesala
19.10.2007, 08:18 AM
Opera warns that one should not submit any sensitive information to this site.

20.10.2007, 04:41 AM
Contact Google! (https://adwords.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=61214&topic=10614)

I did:

Sites that sell a "membership" privilege to download otherwise freely available software are nothing but a filthy scam. Google is just as guilty of the ripoffs as the actual perpetrators. You are aiding and abetting criminals.

19.10.2008, 05:24 PM
Found some other sites which want to make money from IrfanView:
Owner of both those sites is:
Blue Byte FZE
Postfach 62 53,
49095 Osnabrück
E-Mail: support@mega-downloads.net
Faxnummer: 0049180 501 215 24

Maybe you can do something about that...

19.10.2008, 06:42 PM
Well, I sent a note:

You are asking for money for the privilege of downloading free software that is available at no cost elsewhere, and for "support" that is also given freely in online forums devoted to the various programs. It is perfectly all right to ask for help in maintaining a useful website, but not to pretend that you offer a necessary service when it is obvious that you do not. Your site may become famous in those forums I mentioned, and such fame will do you no good.

I apologize for not being able to make the accusation in German.

10.11.2008, 02:31 PM
I just found two more:


It was an odd chance, I was trying to get here and my link didn't work (D4mned if I know what happened) so I had to fool around some.

03.12.2008, 04:14 AM
First, apologies for my recent lapse of social interaction -- and its continuation -- I need to withdraw for a while sometimes...

I just wanted to report an observation. Google seems to have cleaned up a lot lately, it is getting hard to find a scam site at all (there are still hidden pitfalls, of course -- no way out of that). But MSN and Yahoo are pulling in tons of them, with paid links right on top. So, anyone who badmouths Google and thinks Yahoo is somehow morally better is going to get an earfull from me.


Some are clones, even have identical button graphics

24.08.2020, 03:11 PM
Thanks for your warning and the various advices! Shouldn't google usually give warnings about insecure sites?