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Why is ClamWin an unknown publisher on Windows?
davebit


Joined: 18 Jan 2016
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I get this every time I try to install the latest ClamWin on Windows 7 (which is automatically prompted for me from the bottom right taskbar notification icon).

http://i.imgur.com/pgCC1Ya.png (couldn't screenshot)

File: clamwin-update-0.99-0.99.1.exe (prompted today, downloaded today)
URL the prompt points to: http://www.clamwin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132&version=0.99&source=sf
Latest download: http://downloads.sourceforge.net/clamwin/clamwin-update-0.99-0.99.1.exe

Any explanation? Will the developers be registering themselves as a verified publisher to Microsoft or are they unable to?
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GuitarBob


Joined: 09 Jul 2006
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Location: USA
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I do not know what registering with Microsoft entails, but ClamWin has not registered with Microsoft as a publisher, and it has not obtained a digital certificate, which is probably what this means. I have never had a problem with this on computers ranging from Windows 98 up through Windows 8.1. You are probably using Windows 10--is that correct? If you are not, then perhaps some security software is preventing you from the download.

I believe that you should be able to bypass any Windows 10 restrictions on a piece of software. Download ClamWin from http://www.clamwin.com/content/view/248/1/ on the web and check it out on Virus Total before running it. It should be fine.

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ROCKNROLLKID


Joined: 23 Sep 2013
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Might want to re-read what he said, Bob. He said he is on a Windows 7. However, I do get a warning from Windows Smart Screen filter on my Windows 10 system that flags ClamWin downloads.

I believe, in order to get a proper digital signature, you have to pay a fee, and Alch probably doesn't have the money to do so.
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GuitarBob


Joined: 09 Jul 2006
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Yes - the Win 7 notation blew right by me! Some time ago I read about a source for digital certificates for open source software, but I don't recall the details. However, a valid digital signature doesn't mean as much as it used to. Lots of adware/PUPs get them to make their software look legitimate. Some of the digital signature issuers do not go a good job of investigating their applicaants/customers--they're only in it for the money/volume and they'll sell anyone a certificate as long as they pay for it.

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