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chihuahua0
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06:38:15 PM Nov 4th 2010
Umm...is Evony really just a spyware program?
rcalaby
04:30:09 PM Jan 26th 2011
No, it's a spyware program integrated into a horrible game.
Bakazuki
01:32:21 AM Apr 27th 2011
edited by Bakazuki
Is there any recent documented proof that spyware is integrated into the game? I mean, for a TV Trope's article, that's a pretty ballsy accusation to be throwing out in the open like that.
TheRocketMaster
12:51:07 PM Jun 26th 2011
Does this trope apply for the sequel?
RaustBD
07:54:08 PM Jan 10th 2012
Yeah really, I haven't seen any evidence that this is at all true. We should seriously check this, especially since it's said THREE TIMES.
TBeholder
04:41:55 AM Mar 17th 2012
edited by TBeholder
Most of this seems to be Streisand Effect from blog-clownade of Bruce Everiss starting with "Obviously legitimate western games like [...] can be trusted." and ending with "Now I am not saying that Evony has a trojan in its client software. This would take proper technical investigation." So he confesses he doesn't know anything, but repeats some rumours and that's all. Strange for a "pro", isn't? The mountain gave birth to the mouse, but the mouse was plastic, even though the mountain had a flag on top.

So there are lots of rumours, screams from those who found that "the cheesecake was a lie", but i didn't find any proper security analysis - you know, like it was with SonyTM Rootkit? Random complains don't help at all, because google returns heaps of downloadable cheats and let's face it, a lot of windows folk are internet-unsafe enough to catch something every 4 minutes anyway, which means some trojan complains, while genuine, would be there even after visiting a blank page. As usual.

Then again, if you don't plan to buy a wagon of in-game money with real, in FLOSS games you won't be on the other end of the same - and probably can have the rest of features. While can be reasonably sure it's safe. And, hilariously enough, less rip-offs. So why even bother?..

edit: McAfee Secure Search says the site and client installers are "clean" - don't contain any malware McAfee knows of. Whether to trust their soft's thoroughness, of course, is entirely up to you. I personally won't rate it anywhere close to DrWeb and Comodo. And it was not a proper "real conditions" test anyway.

If you want to check and are willing to risk, try under a debugger (if you know how to do this), or at least under some monitoring uninstaller, to see whether it tries to crawl out of the browser. Or something like this.