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Comment by ASalazar
about FileZilla · Jun 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 9 Helpful Report as spam

As of now, the Windows installer is bundled with adware. The default download page says "This installer may include bundled offers. Check below for more options" and the downloaded exe has a "_bundled" suffix.
If you choose to trust Filezilla anyway, click on "Show additional download options" to download a non-bundled installer.


Thanks for the tip. I downloaded the zip file, which doesn't have any installer.

80's looking application works great

Comment by DirkF3
about FileZilla · Mar 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

This app works great but from a user interface perspective it looks like it comes straight from the 80's.
Let's call it "room for improvement" ;-)


No more Win 64 bit

Comment by momopl
about FileZilla · Dec 2014 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

The new installer doesn't work on 64bit Windows. What a pitty! I will have to use another client had been a loyal user.


FileZilla client scanned with 3 viruses detected on virustotal.com

Comment by namgivu82
about FileZilla · Sep 2014 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Beware of malformed FileZilla FTP client

Comment by Danilo_Venom
about FileZilla · Jan 2014 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

As wrote in the avast blog, there are malicious Filezilla clients around the web, recompiled versions with login stealer inside!

The installed malware FTP client looks like the official version and it is fully functional!

You can see a difference in informations in “About FileZilla” window, which indicates the use of older SQLite/GnuTLS versions.

About window differences

To avoid these malware clients download FileZilla from the official webpage only.

Of course, its AlternativeTo page redirects you to the official website.


Comment by UncleNinja
about FileZilla · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Although I don't agree with cneg's rude insults pointed at young programmers, I agree with him about Ford, AOL, and FileZilla. WinSCP is waayyy better than FileZilla, and it's far faster. I don't have to close my connection to the server before I close it (had to do that with FileZilla) and there are many different UI choices.

I would strongly recommend WinSCP over this product.


That insulting comment is problematic in a few ways, which is why I'm not certain what it means about young programmers, but I THINK it's specifically about the creator and single dev of the software itself (as I understand it, the creator is the only current dev, or only dev ever, despite other people being involved in the website and such). In which case, I'm far from having conclusive evidence, but the insult to him may be valid, and he definitely may have been 14 when he first developed it.
Regardless, it was nearly-baseless assumptions about you from this single comment that led me to trust your recommendation and try WinSCP (my knowledge of the FileZilla dev is limited, but my impression of him is based on more than my impression of you -- I'm not tentatively supporting insults in a technically-public forum based on four sentences), so thanks lol

Comment by Rafal
about FileZilla · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

It's good app but the passwords for ftp accounts are stored with plain text in one file. This vulneralibity is being used by a virus which gets access to FTP's and copies the virus code into index.html and some *.php files on the server. This way other people get infected. Until they fix that some way I'm changing to WinSCP.


Comment by idktho
about FileZilla · Feb 2020 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The thread about viruses on FileZilla's forum is a mess, and leaves an absurd amount of unanswered questions for such a short conversation. I hope the discussion was continued and analyzed on Reddit with something resembling civility, since that thread could've answered a ton of the questions it raised if people could've been rational. I'll try to explain some of the reasons that thread makes me distrust botg (Tim, the developer and site admin) and the people making accusations in that thread, but I'm not sure this comment section is the place for me to post a comprehensive manifesto listing the crimes and merits I perceive in that thread lol (especially since someone may have already done so somewhere else).

I'm far from confident that any method of installing the FileZilla client is safe, but I find many things about its accusers to be questionable. Not every criticism of Tim's explanations and justifications is valid, but some of his claims were also nonsense. A lot of those criticisms and at least one of Tim's claims were too stupid to be believed by the people saying them. Maybe Tim was overwhelmed and tried to obfuscate because he couldn't provide legitimate answers quickly enough, but he knew there would likely be a record of the conversation even if the thread were deleted, and he's not stupid enough to throw out lies quickly if valid answers exist (plus, if it were possible to construct a comprehensive defense, he still would have presented it later).
It seems impossible to believe that there weren't deliberate lies on both sides, from Tim and some if not all of his accusers (I also suspect that there were fewer people making those accusations than there were accounts, but "I just came from Reddit" isn't unreasonable, and I join a new forum to post one or two replies all the time, so at first glance there's no real evidence of sock puppetry), so the possibility of coordinated accusations and sock puppetry leads me to distrust any claim that doesn't seem to be self-evident based on my own understanding of the concepts involved.

"It's a tautological false positive, by the very definition of the term, everything is potentially unwanted" doesn't explain away anything, and the guy saying it isn't that stupid -- so he's hoping other people are? AV software isn't struggling with the definition of "potentially unwanted" and just flagging everything because you didn't say "I want this."

The claim that false positives for malware sometimes occur deliberately for business reasons has nothing to do with the way different software functions. Carbon Black could reference real events and say "this is where the installer went to your mother's home and struck her in the face." If it picked well and lied well, I wouldn't know, and most users wouldn't know regardless of the quality of the deception. Or it could just add things in the log that didn't happen and tell the truth about what those things are, even though they didn't happen. I'm not accusing Carbon Black of any of this. I'm pointing out that how it examines things (or whether it even does) has nothing to do with its ability to lie, and there's no way FileZilla's main accusers would have believed that defense of Carbon Black's results. I'm also not sure what competitors any of these companies are flagging in the FileZilla package, so maybe there were no competitors for them to flag. Maybe the software has no motive to lie, and something like Carbon Black provides really compelling evidence. But the lie in Carbon Black's defense really damages the credibility of a lot of statements.

I can't properly analyze the whole conversation, and I've already written more than most people will read, but ultimately, botg and his accusers display a great deal of technical knowledge, and key instances of implausible stupidity, which seem like the kind of manipulative false argument one uses when a valid one doesn't come to mind or is somehow undesirable, and people are unlikely to notice that it's invalid, or that the person presenting it doesn't believe it. I should find a term for that, and/or an example that isn't extremely politically charged.

AV scans seemed problematic before I heard that some false positives appear deliberately for business reasons. It might suffice to say that "my [any AV scanner] flagged this" by itself is practically worthless, the accompanying data probably won't be very conclusive with my level of knowledge (and it's worthless to most people), and it might be an intentional lie anyway. I see people who know less than me insisting vehemently that a file is going to trojanvirus all over everyone because Norton said it contains something bad, and my only reaction is annoyance. Carbon is obviously something else, but most of these standard consumer threat scanners are like the boy who cried wolf. People are becoming less and less alarmed by these alerts.

Anyway, I'd love more info from anyone who has it, and I guess I'm not going to chronicle my whole journey in the comments here, but if I get a fairly satisfying answer, I'll at least post a review.

[Edited by idktho, February 28]



Comment by marycosme4
about FileZilla · Aug 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

i really like it, simple and very useful, I think they are going great.


like it

Comment by sophiaschuler600
about FileZilla · Aug 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I really like this, I think is very easy to handle, very simple user interface.


Comment by bjornhallberg
about FileZilla · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

It's free, sure. But I don't get why it is so popular. It's pretty basic. My biggest gripe is that I couldn't get Dreamweaver to open/edit .php files properly. After adding the file type manually to filezilla I still have to open Dreamweaver first or open the file twice. The devs need to take a look at FlashFXP.


Comment by JonM33
about FileZilla · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Hands down the best free FTP client you can use. Very simple and frequently updated.


Comment by mostwanted
about FileZilla · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I prefer CuteFTP has an awesome and built-in editor and a Podcast Manager which are just my favorite among many other features. FileZilla is pretty sweet aswell a lot more lightweight and I'm also able to carry it with me wherever I go. And not to mention, buts its also free.


Comment by cneg
about FileZilla · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Just because it's popular doesn't mean it's good. Take AOL for example or Ford cars. People are stupid because they learn one unacceptable tool and are married to it forever.

Filezilla is a joke and has been for several versions. The only thing that's good about it is the name- sounds like a 'zilla', mozilla, godzilla, yeah we get it dreaming big 14 yr old programmer dummy who made this ftp software originally.

Filezilla is extremely very unreliable with large numbers of files, stopping part of the way. It flakes out for no reason. It will double text files for no reason. It has highly erratic other subtle behaviors with settings. I am required to use it at work when training or demonstrating its failures to others. I use WinSCP because it just works. And winscp has many more features that are useful too, like chowning files on linux or sync-ing directories.


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