Turbine Warns Users to Uninstall Pando Media Booster
Back in the day, you couldn't install Dungeons & Dragons Online or the Lord of the Rings Online without using the universally-reviled third-party peer-to-peer download client, Pando Media Booster. Theoretically, this downloader would remain inactive on your computer after it was finished downloading and installing Turbine games, and the player had the option of leaving it along or uninstalling it.
Following a tip on Reddit, Turbine has issued an official warning to its customers, through social media and on the forums for DDO and LotRO, requesting that users remove Pando Media Booster from their systems.
We're asking that LOTRO players please remove Pando Media Booster from their computers. Please Read: http://t.co/DGdfpAFwph ^CNÂ LOTRO Support (@LOTROSupport) February 25, 2014
Turbine switched to a new client downloader late last year after Pando shut down in the summer, but a recent "update" being foisted on unsuspecting users contains browser-hijacking malware. Players can now also download LotRO and DDO through Steam, as well as the new third-party downloader.
If you have been affected by the "Sweet Page virus," which redirects your browser to a dodgy "search engine" website, follow the removal instructions located HERE.