Beware Of The Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0 Malware

By | July 7, 2011 | 7 Comments


Beware Of The Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0 MalwareRecently, an application called Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0 was released, designed to make your OS look like Windows 8.

If you are as excited as some people are, then downloading it is a no brainer. However, be warned:

After installing and uninstalling the software (did not work for me), I have noticed that it has hijacked my web browsers settings with no warning. Not just Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s, but also Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera’s (Chrome was not touched).

Instead of using the last tab session, 3 out of 4 web browsers would now have a setting changed to load the home page, which is set to the (presumably) author’s web site.

Turns out, you can’t even trust the “tested for malware” logos on some of the most popular download networks.


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

  • Anonymous

    Ahh Vygantas (If not the other guy).

    I hope you learnt your lesson.

    And to others do not download from Brothersoft

  • Guest

    Softpedia clearly marks this as adware with a warning that says “Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system”. I’m guessing the author of this article opted in for the change in homepage or blindly clicked on each “next” button during the install.

    • Another guest

      So true. I tried it myself today and it didn’t force any changes on my system. There is the option to keep your current homepage, so I guess someone needs to pay more attention when clicking Next Next Next Yes during installations ;)

  • Armin

    I believe “the other guy” is quite innocent in this scenario. :P

  • IE & Opera FanBoy

    Thanks a lot for sharing this info.
    Lesson learned is just wait for Windows 8 to release

  • Bijan_d_one

    guys plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help
    after installing dis god damn software,rather than changing IE8 settings,its also curropted my right click menus like “Personalize,gadgets n screen resolution” and an error appears which says “no such interface suppoerted”
    man ive bought my laptop for just 2 weeks.
    it feels like hell
    i appreciate it if someone helps