DVDVideoSoft makes me nervous because of my experience with previous software from them. They tend to install suspicious software without the user knowledge and permission. Also, their software does not install in one shot
but in a series of downloads that are triggered depending on the app that is going to be used, at least that was the case with other versions of this software, and with each download came the installation of "hidden stuff". Because of that experience, I downloaded the full installer of the latest version directly from their site and ran the installer in a virtual machine with limited network access and its own security utilities, and tightened the host security (a little paranoid...
I ran a few malware scans with different utilities with the heuristics to the max (even look for hijackers) and they came clean. This does not mean that I trust them, but they are apparently making a huge effort, I have to give them that. The installation proceeded with no issues, although it took a while, and their toolbar recommendation (which I declined... I hate most toolbars
and this one is no exception). Then I ran many of the "apps" listed on their main menu and (surprisingly) no unexpected downloads or installations came out, although I did noticed that the apps were a little slow including the splash screen and the main menu (I did not take any empirical data regarding this except a higher CPU and memory usage than the expected) and that DVDVideoSoft tried to make their interfaces look somewhat consistent, modern, professional and intuitive
. Besides, I did not detected any unauthorized TCP port activity, also no suspicious registry modifications and no unexpected file access or changes. Personally I use other transcoders, but this is a good set to try. They seem to be improving.
I am going to play and test a little more with this apps on the host PC to experiment with some features and to have access to the full resources of my system.
I'll report back any outcome...