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Greetings Planet Minecraft

It has come to our attention that there are some shady characters who have been contacting the popular texture pack artists and modders on our site. What they have been offering is to have these fine members provide their work through an installer that will provide ads and toolbars and the like when the pack or mod is installed. This is claimed as an alternative to using monetization services such as adfly and similar services. They have also tried to bribe several of the moderators when they were contacted. This user has been banned from PMC for the safety of the community and for breaking our rules regarding commercial advertising on our site.

While it sounds like a good idea as they claim to offer much larger payments than services like adfly, the reality is that many toolbars that free software attempts to install are not useful programs and sometimes mimic viruses in the way that they behave. A major part of what these tools do is that they report your activity back to whatever company created the tool so that they can gather detailed information about what you look at and what you do online, making it easier for them to make advertisements for things that they think you would like. These companies will also sell this information to other companies that might not have the same goal in mind with that information. Additionally, when you attempt to remove these toolbars and goodies, many of them are built in such a way as to make it extremely difficult or impossible to remove.

The last point for this is that this creates a nuisance for the users of these popular items, and gets you used to performing dangerous actions while online. If one day someone decided to post a dangerous installer instead of one such as this under the guise of installing your favorite texture pack, they can do things like steal your or your parent's money from their bank, spy on you, and take over your computer. For these very scary and very real security reasons, Planet Minecraft does not allow this type of distribution for any content on this site. The very small number of executable files that have been allowed on the site are all ones that have been thoroughly examined to make sure that there is nothing fishy going on.

We are currently sending PMs to people that have been contacted regarding this service to make sure that they are aware that this is not allowed on Planet Minecraft. Additionally, anyone found using this service will have their submission disabled until the files are available normally through standard downloading or accepted services like adfly. For questions about this, please provide comments below and the moderators will try to answer them when we can.

~Zaralith
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  • sewa101
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Narwhal
  • June 3, 2014, 3:31 am
YES
NO QUESTIONS ASKED. DOOO EETTTTT BROOO
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 23, 2014, 7:26 am
You should block their Ip. But great work PMC sounds like something I'd inforce.
  • MerryXmasChaz
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Modder
  • February 10, 2014, 10:55 am
Thank you for all the help and support PMC your the greatest!
No offense, but whats to stop these people from using a VPN or a proxy on a different account to contact more people?
  • Camo7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Demolitionist
  • January 17, 2014, 12:05 pm
Strictly speaking nothing, except perhaps an informed community.
  • techdude154
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • November 30, 2013, 4:43 pm
I would say for whoever downloaded these installers to run malwarebytes immediately to remove any toolbars, ads, etc, which are all considered PUPs. A PUP, or potentially unwanted program is a program that the end user may find annoying, but may not necessarily cause a threat to the security of the user. Examples would include that toolbar that would be installed with the texturepack. Even if you did not run one of these installers, I still recommend malwarebytes paired with avast as they are both really good and free antivirus programs. Malwarebytes can be found at http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and avast if you want it can be found at http://www.avast.com/en-us/index. These are both really good at detecting viruses and they are lightweight. You should replace your current av with these especially if you have norton, which is slow and bad. Sorry if I spammed but I really would like to share the info I have with others
  • iMinecrafter
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Miner
  • December 13, 2013, 5:51 pm
Wow, we have at least one knowledgeable user on this site. Surprising.
PMC uses phpBB's software for the PM service. No staff, on the site, no matter what rank/group should be able to view any messages if they aren't reported
  • OreoToast
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 29, 2013, 3:47 pm
wait did someone report this or are you spying on inboxes
  • Palaeos
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Turtle
  • October 30, 2013, 12:52 pm
It was reported to us in the form of a submission which made use of it being reported as well as in the discussion with the user who's submission being reported we were brought into contact with the person who made the installer. After the decision to remove him from the site (him being the guy who made the installer) due to that information and our findings of what any user could see in their activity tab we made the decision to check his PMs for anyone he contacted so as to warn against him directly to those he contacted. While we (super mods+) have the ability to do this, we do not do so lightly. So long as you aren't being shady you've nothing to worry about as far as that will go, we understand that PM means private message, and for that reason we understand the need to respect privacy.
  • seperion
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pony
  • October 22, 2013, 3:07 am
Thank you PMC few days ago my CP got Sick Really sick becous of installer good to know will never use it again and thanks to keep the members updated about the problems around it and the things that could happen,

Greeds, and thanks
Wizzle, and the staff of Fluttercraft.
  • jedijoe_
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • October 19, 2013, 8:43 am
this is why i use mediafire
  • Fighterbear12
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Musician
  • November 11, 2013, 7:35 am
Good man.
  • themclike
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Farmer
  • December 12, 2013, 6:52 am
some people use adfly and mediafire so it is a bit of a meh
  • jkctech
  • Level 40
  • Master Droid
  • January 12, 2014, 5:22 am
i do use adfly and mediare, best solution, ernaing money and providing safe downloads.
  • ME1312
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • June 19, 2014, 8:33 am
I agree that there safe, but most of the ads are completely useless :3
  • AMCAtomic
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • October 19, 2013, 7:12 am
we need mods

===CORRECT?===
=== Yes. ===
  • dbn300100
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 18, 2013, 4:11 am
[size=12px][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]They have also tried to bribe several of the moderators when they were contacted.[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=12px][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]This user has been banned from PMC for the safety of the community and for breaking our rules regarding commercial advertising on our site.[/bgcolor][/color][/size]

[size=12px]Sorry, but you're saying that only one of the users have been banned, essentially.[/size]
  • ME1312
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • June 19, 2014, 8:34 am
no BB code here :3
  • Teddy
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 68
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 19, 2013, 12:31 am
'They' as in referring to a single person. Only one person was involved in the bribing and s/he has been banned.
  • dbn300100
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 19, 2013, 3:40 am
Right, ok.
Good thing I didnt accept the offer after all :)
  • Fighterbear12
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Musician
  • November 11, 2013, 7:35 am
:D
  • Shasta01
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • October 13, 2013, 11:00 am
Thank you PMC, for looking after a bunch of Minecrafters who probably don't know any better.
  • Pootischu
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Electrician
  • October 11, 2013, 9:04 pm
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[size=11px][color=rgb(23,23,23)]Sorry copying you SpearPillar6[/color][/size]
  • ME1312
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • June 19, 2014, 8:35 am
???
  • papertazer
  • Level 76
  • Legendary Creator
  • October 11, 2013, 11:49 am
hmm, what about an installer for a mod? As in, if I wanted to make an installer for one (or more) of my mods, would that be acceptable under PMC rules?
So let me get this straight? We have to have Adfly for our downloads?
  • Palaeos
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Turtle
  • October 10, 2013, 11:54 am
No, the point of this blog was to warn against using automated installers, it opens you up to viruses more easily.
Oh Ok I get it now.
  • iSliick
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Architect
  • October 9, 2013, 10:44 pm
Was anyone else too lazy to read it so they came to look at the comments?
  • MamiyaOtaru
  • Level 96
  • Overlord Programmer
  • October 10, 2013, 12:18 am
ADD much? good grief
  • iSliick
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Architect
  • October 10, 2013, 4:14 am
ADD is not in any way like laziness. -.-
  • MamiyaOtaru
  • Level 96
  • Overlord Programmer
  • October 10, 2013, 4:17 am
no, one is a disease, the other is a repugnant personal choice
  • FiskFille
  • Level 92
  • Overlord Fish
  • October 10, 2013, 10:27 am
Attention Deficit Disorder is not a disease, it's a disorder. Plus, there's medicine against it! ;D
  • Teddy
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 68
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 10, 2013, 8:25 am
ADD is a disorder, not a disease. But hey, who cares!
  • DAP
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 26
  • Expert Dragon
  • October 10, 2013, 5:59 pm
Certainly not people on the Internet, duh
Teddy and DaAwesomePwner.
Officially my new favourite mods alongside Midnight.
  • iSliick
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Architect
  • October 10, 2013, 8:58 pm
Oh my god hahahaha yea. I didn't know I was going to make some kid angry on PMC, like of all places. Whatever though, that was fun.
...that's why I believe in Adblocker. Way to go all the way for us PMC Staff and Mods. You guys rock.
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  • DaRealMcCoy
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Architect
  • October 13, 2013, 9:50 am
Spear Pillar is the best map ever
  • stickdude123
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Pony
  • October 10, 2013, 11:47 am
And not giving PMC the money they need to run.....
  • Teddy
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 68
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 10, 2013, 4:56 pm
We would prefer that users feel comfortable with our website - even if that means using adblock. Of course not having adblock helps us a dear bit too moneywise, I believe.
  • Lolperson
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • October 9, 2013, 8:17 pm
how do you do the text art
I still don't see how they/the person thought that moderators wouldn't turn them in.

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