Is Browser Tamer a Malware?

According to VirusTotal BT is a malware, but that’s not true:

First, only 2 out of 68 antiviruses shows that, mostly ones we never heard of. Why do they consider it and what does exactly BT do?

According to SysInternals, BT:

  1. Contacts www.aloneguid.uk (this website). This is done in order to check if there’s an update to this version, and to report the start even to my own analytics platform. The information is minimal and hardly reports anything personal:
    1. Version.
    2. Installation path (to tell how many installs are manual, via scoop, or winget).
    3. Windows version.

This is the relevant piece of C++ code that posts it:

void track_sys_start()
{
   alg::tracker t{ SysAppName, Version };
   t.track(map<string, string>
   {
      { "event", "start" },
      { "install_path", fss::get_current_dir() },
      { "windows_version", win32::kernel::get_os_version() }
   });
}

This is performed only once, during first time you use BT or upgrade it.

  1. It does set some registry keys in order to register itself as a browser:

VirusTotal Jujubox or VirusTotal Observer does not detect anything out of order.

Zenbox does show something that might explain malware identification, specifically opening chrome.exe and firefox.exe files as it seems they are installed on that box:

The entire purpose of opening them in new versions is to grab browser icon to display to you. I don’t ship stock browser icons with BT because I don’t know which browsers you are going to use, so icons are extracted from browser binaries’ resources themselves. This also makes them always fresh.

Summary

So is it safe? It is for me. System utilities do perform some actions that may be considered “harmful” but that depends on what you think is harmful. I’ve created BT for myself and use it daily, so adding something harmful that would destroy my system or report personal information to outside is big no. A simplest browser web page will collect x100 more personal information comparing to BT and no one complains. At the end of the day it’s entirely up to you!

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