SeaPort Service seaport.exe – Trojan Alert?
Since it is Microsoft, and I’m sure they already have a lawyer approved press statement justifying their actions, no one will call it what it is, but Microsoft has written and launched a trojan (A program that appears legitimate, but performs some illicit activity when it is run…Trojans often sneak in attached to a free game or other utility.) that installs software on the user’s computer without the user being told or having the opportunity to not install the software. (Actually, I’m sure that there is something buried in the bajillion page user agreement that I am laughably supposed to read before installing software.)
To skip ahead, search enhancement pack remove seaport.exe
The trojan program from Microsoft is the Windows Live software bundle. Installing any one of the applications from the bundle will result in an extra service being secretly installed on the user’s computer. The service, called SeaPort, is installed as an Automatic service and thus runs on startup each and every time the user boots their computer regardless of whether or not they are running the software that was ethically installed on their computer by request.
Searches done on both Google and Microsoft’s own Live search engine show no mention whatsoever of Seaport on Microsoft’s website except in a user community where another bewildered user asks, “What is Seaport and should I be worried?” Screenshots of the Seaport-less searches done on January 28, 2009 are here:
As confused users arrive here in droves by asking seaport.exe what is (grammar isn’t a strong suit of the flummoxed searcher) one can only wonder how many millions of other users haven’t even noticed.
Enough is Enough
I have officially had it with software companies (and Microsoft is not the only one) installing any and all of their garbage on my computer whenever they feel like it because they think it will improve the experience for using software that I may or may not ever use!
I am now looking into starting a non-profit organization that monitors, publicizes, and when necessary pursues other actions against software companies for this and other unethical installation practices. If you want to be kept in the loop as it gets started up, grab the RSS Feed or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added to the email list. (I not only do not spam or sell your email address, I won’t even email for any reason other than this topic unless you state otherwise.)