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12-14-09, 10:21 AM   #3
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Post Exes pose threats (if you don't know where you're getting them from)

Originally Posted by Doomlord View Post
It's just as simple as installing any other addon. Copy all the 3 folders in your Interface/AddOns folder.
You have a point, but I understand what Kurz is saying. However, there is more to doing .exe's than just doing a self-extracting.
I don't trust .exes for my addons. It's just not the way it should be done. I do not need to have an addon write registry entries, or intrude into my system in any way. There's more security in a .zip or .rar than there is in an .exe.
Think of it this way: How many .exes have you ever received in an email, claiming to be a legitimate file, only to have them turn out to be a Trojan of some sort? While the Carbonite team could package an official .exe, who's to say someone won't duplicate the file name on their Trojan-GameThief.Win32 (We just had that trojan start being passed around my workplace. It's everywhere.).
Just stick with the .zip/.rar/.tgz file format, and you're safe.