RealPlayer 10 said it had to connect to Internet to download sw to play a .3gp file I had launched, so I allowed that with CFP (220.127.116.114). After the update process ended, Defense+ started a sequence of popups saying that the RealPlayer updater was accessing the memory of this and that applications installed in my PC. This went on for minutes, showing tenths of apps being accessed. I’m not sure I had all those apps open, I think it accessed even apps that weren’t opened, just installed (I’m not 100% sure about that, however they were a lot, several tenths). Is this normal ??
Thanks for the link isaac, I knew by rumors that RealPlayer is badware, for that reason I had walled it up with CFP, then I just allowed the updater to run in that single occasion and boy, it seems it didn’t waste that opportunity 88) …
BTW the thing that most surprised me was the scan it seems to have done on so many applications… I tend to think that it’s none of its business, but apparently I’m wrong :THNK
I had the KLite codec pack installed, nonetheless RealPlayer said it had to connect to the Internet to play that .3gp file.
I installed Real Alternative, I have a few small problems but the biggest is the one I posted on their forum: [QUOTE]I used to have Real Player 10 as the default for mms streams. Then I uninstalled it and installed Real Alternative. When I click in Firefox on a link which is a mms stream, I see that the default app for that is still set to Real Player, which isn’t on the system anymore.
So, how do I set MPC to be the default player for mms streams ? I looked in all the menus but I couldn’t understand how to do that.
I’m not getting any replies, so if someone here can give me some opinions about that problem I’d appreciate a lot, because if I can’t solve it I’ll have to reinstall Real Player, which I’d rather gladly avoid…
I don’t think Real Player is alone in this, lot’s of programs like to access the internet all the time (not good in my opinion - but I guess it’s all down to how much you trust them).
Adobe reader (for pdf files) is another one that likes to do this.
Replaced it with Foxit now, much better and quicker than the bloated Adobe.
Of course Windows Media Player also likes to do this.
They all try and put start-up programs on your computer and search for updates every time you reboot.
A program such as Winpatrol is handy for getting rid of the start-up entries; it will enable you to disable them (rather than remove them) and you can always enable them again if it causes a problem to your system.
Who knows how much Spyware is associated with these type of programs; anyone’s guess!
OK, don’t ask me why I thought Real Alternative can play MMS streams ;D ; it might be because in the options window there is an item about streaming. But it’s for rtsp:// protocol (Real-Time Streaming Protocol).
Nothing actually suggests that mms:// protocol is supported, and I don’t see any menu item to open a stream.
So I won’t reinstall Real Player, I’ll keep Real Alternative (MPC) only for Real Media related file formats and I’ll use something else (I guess VLC) for MMS streams.