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    Codecs...

    ...we're rolling out new PC's (slowly but surely) and in the midst of
    putting together our image. Of course, we're stuck with Windows
    Media Player for multimedia content and we're trying to determine
    what codecs to install with the image. I understand WMP 11 automatically
    will download codecs, but I'm a VLC user and WMP 9 when I'm stuck
    with that so my experience with WMP is limited anymore. And it looks
    like we're going with WMP 10 for the image.

    I know from some experiments with spyware and viruses some codecs
    seem to come packaged with spyware, and I'm typically suspect of most
    of them.

    Any recommendations?
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    Hi,

    I am using WMP11 on this box. I have not detected any spyware using:

    AVG Antispyware
    AVG AV
    PC-Cillin
    Spybot S&D
    AdAware

    Nor have I seen any signs of it.
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    Sorry for any misunderstanding. I didn't mean to imply that WMP itself
    contains spyware. I know better than than. But being an MS app, it's
    going to pose risks.

    I have seen, especially with pr0n, some proprietary-type codecs installing
    from .exe's when the movie starts, and infecting the machine. I wonder
    if some videos are even using DRM itself, like Sony did, to exert (some)
    control over a computer.

    Obviously our users aren't going to last long in their jobs surfing for pr0n,
    but nonetheless, I view codecs as something of a security risk. I'm just
    wondering what the most widely-used, safe codecs are, like DivX perhaps.

    Like I said, I've strayed from using WMP for some time and am looking for input about the codecs themselves. Thanks.
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    Yeah, I was talking about codecs, not the app itself

    My thinking would be that anything that downloads its own playing software, or installs stuff is a potential threat whatever you use?
    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
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    Yar!, like that stuff from Sony???

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    Exactly!

    As far as I am aware WMP will still tell you that it doesn't recognise the media and ask for permission to go look for a codec, rather than just "do it"?

    Anyway, wouldn't your setup prevent software installations and updates from a user account?

    I know that there are third party tools that do this, as well as being able to create restricted accounts within Windows.

    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
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    This post is also quite interesting. I have also had problems with codecs over the years as some conflict with one another. Can anyone suggest what pack to use. I had a website that listed the packs however I cant find it.
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    Great site nihil. FOund a DVD copy program, going to test it out when i get a DVD drive on tuesday.

    Thanks again
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    Lawdy, a virtual sandbox? For 500 users, 150 of which are remote?
    And an IT staff of three? I need that like I need a hole in my head...

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    You could try ffdshow, no spyware/adware in the packet

    It has many feauters, you should try it in an environment with only the WMP you're plainning to use in the image so u' can see if is complete enough to satisfy your needs




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