FileZilla Now Served with Adware

FileZilla Now Served with Adware

Dennis Snider

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Most people try to avoid allowing any operators to install adware on their computers, feeling, and rightly, that it will not only slow their machines down but quite possibly open up security weaknesses that could be exploited by malicious actors. However, many manufacturers of open source software seem to feel that they are entitled to install adware as a payment for supplying free software. One example of this is the manufacturers of the FTP program FileZilla, which has recently been discovered to be installing adware for its users, and not entirely openly.

FileZilla is an FTP program that many people use for working on websites; it’s basic but works well and is free for uploading your webpages. However, without warning, people installing new versions of FileZilla for Windows are told that “This installer may include bundled offers”, something which in practice means the installer may well put ads on your system. Of course, you have a choice not to accept and look elsewhere, but how many of us actually go carefully through all the terms and conditions before clicking the button that says that we read them? It may be that your antivirus software will warn you about the adware, but it’s not guaranteed.

To be fair to FileZilla, they do you offer installers that do not contain adware, but they are certainly not the default option, and users should be aware of this if they don’t want to end up with more than they bargained for when installing the program.