Wow, shame on the lot (including Cryptic/PWE?) for using such software. I actually remember browsing the web a couple years ago and PMB was showing-up under my NoScript. I kept wondering what it was and I later found-out that it kept changing my DNS address assignments on my system. My brain immediately thought of the 6th level of fatness and I got rid of that thing like a refrigerator science project.
Actually it was about May 2013 when all new STO downloads required you to install Arc, or shortly after that month. Cryptic said at the time that Arc doesn't contain Pando because players were worried it did. I installed Arc in January 2014 to finally give it a try and I checked my system yesterday and didn't find a trace of Pando anywhere. So I think it's safe to say Cryptic doesn't use Pando anymore, especially like you said, Pando went out of business last summer.
As gamers ourselves, we’re always looking out for our players. We wanted to let you know that recent tech reports indicate that Pando Media Booster, which was shut down by Pando in August of 2013, has been hijacked and is masquerading as needing an update that actually contains a browser virus.
Take a look to see if you have Pando Media Booster installed on your computer, and if you do, we recommend that you uninstall it. You can do so via the 'Uninstall a Program' interface in your control panel (or, if you’re on XP, via 'Add/Remove Programs').
We’ll see you in-game!
- The PWE Team
I don't have Pando Media Booster on my system, and as you guys have said in the past, Arc didn't come with it. But could you please update your OP to let everybody know once in for all that Cryptic no longer uses Pando?
Thanks for warning about it though, even though it was reported elsewhere on the internet already.
Back in the day, when I first downloaded these games, Pando was indeed included; on advice from forumites at the time, I nuked that crap the frak off my drive the moment it finished. Now I'm very happy I paid attention.
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