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Posted 11 March 2012 - 02:38 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:43 PM
We didn’t form a company yet, we’re just two guys in a partnership ready to launch our app. But my avast (and, most probably, all other anti-virus systems) advices not to download the app since it comes from an Unknown Publisher. Is there an easy trick to bypass that?
Searching for an individual certificate, I came over http://msdn.microsof...1(v=vs.85).aspx (our app is coded in VB.NET)
“The value of an individual software publishing certificate is in the information it provides to users so they can decide whether or not to download the code. Knowing who authored the code, and that the bits have not been altered from the time the code was signed to the present, is reassuring information.”
If it’s about ‘bits not being altered from the time the code was signed to the present‘ the software publishing certificate is worthless in our case (and in each instance where software needs to be updated). I still don’t understand as to how thousands of penniless kids -- that obviously never formed a company -- publish their apps (and there are tens of millions of downloads of that kind of apps!).
What does it take to (A) make Joe comfy with downloading our app despite his anti-virus crying wolf or, even better (B) please the anti-virus to the point it’ll stop crying?
Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:01 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:30 AM
Most freeware developers don't sign PC applications at all or use their own certificates and many users will accept it despite the warnings they recieve when trying to run it, It might be a good idea to explain why the app isn't signed by a third party on the download page though, If you are doing opensource development you can get a free trusted certificate from certum.eu (Their registration form is in polish though so you might need to use google translate), If you're selling the app then you should just buy a certificate, you can get them for around $300 per year so its not a huge cost.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:29 AM
Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:33 AM
Because they don't bother with signing anything on Windows, and plenty of people ignore the pointless Windows warnings.
I still don’t understand as to how thousands of penniless kids -- that obviously never formed a company -- publish their apps (and there are tens of millions of downloads of that kind of apps!).