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UltraSurf Comments

Does the job

Positive Comment by 10basetom
about UltraSurf and Tor Sep 2016

While I won't comment on the controversy surrounding Ultrasurf (you can Google it), I will say that I've been using it for years without any issues. It does what it advertises, and that's good enough for me. People can keep worrying about all the evil things that people say about Ultrasurf, but then you might as well worry about getting mugged at night.

All I know is Ultrasurf is the only one-executable portable 2.5 MB download that allows me to access sites and services that I normally wouldn't be able to access. There's a competing app called Tor, but it's a big 47 MB download, more complex to set up, and I found it slow as molasses. However, if you're paranoid about your security, then you can try Tor (though Tor is not exactly bullet-proof either, like any other security product).

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safe web browser with all proxy support

Comment by binshadrahman
about UltraSurf Apr 2016
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Yes there are really conflicting views of UltraSurf! A arti ...

Comment by Thelle
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

Yes there are really conflicting views of UltraSurf! A article from networkworld 2009, (http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/073109-blackhat-ultrasurf.html) suggests that the software is somehow a part of the chinese information surveillance..

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Wired (if you live in the U.S., you probably know already w ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

Wired (if you live in the U.S., you probably know already what that is) wrote an article about the guys who made UltraSurf two months ago.

This isn't really proof for either side of the argument, but I think this is interesting enough to point out.

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I talk with Ola and he was ok to re-add the link to UltraSu ...

Comment by Venom88
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

I talk with Ola and he was ok to re-add the link to UltraSurf, BUT WE STILL WARN THE USERS THAT THERE ARE SUSPICIONS THAT IT MAY BE MALWARE (his words).

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To me the claims sound dubious since nobody has really pick ...

Comment by mistaecko
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

To me the claims sound dubious since nobody has really picked up on the issue, and now several months have passed already. Even though it sounds like FUD to me, I would still not risk using it personally ;)

Suggestion:
Edit the description to something like

"WARNING: SUSPECTED OF MALICIOUS BEHAVIOR - read below"
Then follow with a description of the software, and move the forum links and a short summary to after the program description.

What do you think?

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So we have to "absolve" this app for "lack of evidence"... ...

Comment by Venom88
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

So we have to "absolve" this app for "lack of evidence"... maybe it's correct... what does the jury say? :S

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I scanned over the discussion thread and the claim that is ...

Comment by mistaecko
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

I scanned over the discussion thread and the claim that is has malicious behavior is still disputed. Most of what I summarize here has already been said in previous comments.

SteveTX voiced the following major issues with the software: 1. the software connects to websites of financial and government institutions, and uses your PC for attacks against them. 2. It disables SSL certificate checks and allows man-in-the-middle attacks, allegedly stealing authentication credentials 3. It hooks into the web browser to disguise its behavior, and uses sophisticated compression to hide program components.

The relevant posts are:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1514487&postcount=106
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1516779&postcount=134

To me it seems that there is suspicious behavior but no real proof for the claims that it is actually used as a botnet to carry out attacks. In the second post (134) SteveTX actually limits his accusations to pointing out the suspicious behavior, more or less admitting that there is no proof for the alleged malicious behavior.

Looking at Venom88's link to Virus Total shows that only two of the major antivirus vendors flag UltraSurf as malicious. NOD32 explicitly identifies it as Win32/UltraReach, McAfee seems to detect it only through it's heuristic engine - maybe finding the runtime compression suspicious.

I personally can't make a decision based on these statements. It seems that UltraSurf is a rather sophisticated piece of software, and neither side can bring sufficient proof in its favor or agains

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I scanned the installation file of UltraSurf with VirusTota ...

Comment by Venom88
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

I scanned the installation file of UltraSurf with VirusTotal and it reported positive results from 5 antivirus!

Here the scan result: http://www.virustotal.com/it/analisis/a598c451e2cf72b3519804147f9539b46e33ebdc7479adcc78e450a32c8c4bac-1279815124

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Source of the recommendation to delete ultrasurf and to use ...

Comment by em4020
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

Source of the recommendation to delete ultrasurf and to use VBA32 antivirus:
This recommendation comes from SteveTX, dated with March 25th, 2009, 11:58 AM see http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=237184, or see also http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1514487&postcount=106 (dated July 30th, 2009, 12:10 PM) .
If one more exactly researches with Google, whether Ultrasurf is a malware, one gets very contradictory statements.
Voices, that Ultrasurf is no malware, you can read for example on http://forum.sysinternals.com/topic20299.html.

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I will look into this. Does anyone have any more info about ...

Comment by Ola
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

I will look into this. Does anyone have any more info about this?

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Really good applicationI don't understand why some guys tel ...

Comment by LordAxo
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

Really good application

I don't understand why some guys tell this is a virus or a malware can someone explain me.
The first that told me that VBA32 says this is a virus is a moron Every Antivirus can have false positive.
heuristic detection can make something strange detect as a virus.

I am not saying that Ultrasurf is NOT a virus. I just wants to know real facts
If this is a virus what does it do ?
The "proxy" nature of this tool can make something looks like strange

Does VBA32 detect that and wants to prevent user or is there a real treat ?


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I like the fact that its on here so it will get negative ai ...

Comment by Mur
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

I like the fact that its on here so it will get negative air to the program

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I would suggest something along the lines of what happens w ...

Comment by BuBBy
about UltraSurf Jun 2011

I would suggest something along the lines of what happens with WOT or Google - if a user clicks to download or visit the site - a warning page explaining the situation appears - and the user has to accept (a checkbox) a disclaimer, and then click a separate button to proceed to the download website.

Therefore you have full disclosure, and if the user decides to continue, that is their decision (the consequences rest on their head alone).

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