FileZilla Now Bundled With Adware

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

FileZilla, the formerly easy-to-recommend FTP/SFTP client for private and enterprise use has fallen from grace and included adware in their installers. With security professionals already recommending uninstalling FileZilla, its author Tim Kosse is trying hard to reframe the issue, claiming that ad-supported installers are necessary and have been around for a long time.

This does not change the fact, however, that some of the “offers” available via the ad-laden installer are downloading unsigned executables to your pc. Including some really shady ones that download seperate data files which later get concatenated into an executable. The best guess is that this would be an attempt at avoiding detection by malware blockers.

This is a terrible move by FileZilla and I too suggest uninstalling it if you still use it. A good alternative for Windows users is WinSCP. Free, open source, what is not to like?