The problem is, while VLC is developed as a
not-for-profit open source project, other companies are taking
advantage of its popularity to distribute adware and spyware.
"If you want to download VLC then the official versions are
available at the VideoLan website-the organization composed of
volunteers who develop the media player. However, if you do a
search for VLC on the top two search engines: Google or Bing, a
number of malicious links appear alongside the official VideoLan
"These other links are put there by companies that want you to
download their modified version of VLC that includes adware and
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