PDFCreator 3.2.0 Includes Malware


#1

I have been a user of PDFCreator from version 1.7.0 to version 2.1.2. I wanted to upgrade to the latest version so I just downloaded and installed PDFCreator 3.2.0 from the pdfforge site. Sadly, it looks to have malware wrapped in the installation. My AMP software reported it as containing Trojan style malware “PUA.Win.Trojan.Webcompanion.75.svx.vioc” in the file name lsop.exe and was not able to clean the infection. I basically had to restore my machine from a previous snapshot. So it looks like I’m staying at version 2.1.2 until the developers can correct this. Has anyone else encountered this issue?


#2

HI @estreater

Sorry for the inconveniences!

Please note that PUA is short for “Potentially unwanted application”
A PUA is not malware.

The lsop.exe allows our setup to display an advertisement and it’s only included in PDFCreator Free.
In this case our partner is Lavasoft with their software Webcompanion.
The offer will pop up after PDFCreator was installed and of course, you can decline the installation.

If you’re not okay with the advertisement in our free PDFCreator, make sure to take a look at PDFCreator Plus or at PDFCreator Business, if you’re using PDFCreator at the office.

Best regards
Florian