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1.0 out of 5 stars Software doesn't work/malware scare?, 24 Mar 2010
This review is from: Energizer USB Battery Charger with 2x AAA Batteries 2-5Hrs Charging Time AA or AAA Ref 629969 (Electronics)
When I plugged in this device, the "found new hardware" wizard installed something on the disk, but there was no indication how to use it, no icon on systray or desktop and none in the windows start menu.

When I searched on the web about the software I found numerous sites stating that the software supplied contained a Trojan that gave a back door allowing the PC to be controlled remotely. According to one of the reports, Energizer have now removed the offending software from their website.

So I am at a loss as to whether anything has been installed. One of the atractive features of this product was a software app that could give you useful information e.g. how much time left to charge etc. Since this is not available, it is less attractive, and I'm left wondering what invisible changes it has made to my machine.

Has anyone else encountered this?
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2010 20:59:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2010 20:59:48 BDT
No software needed
just need power supply to the USB while charging
No need to open windows
any connected AC charger to any PC laptop USB ports will do
Just plug in ANY usb port not necessarily PC
ie. DVD player-TV-Nintendo WII usb port-car cigar lighter usb port basically ANY USB port will do
Light flicker during charging STILL green after fully recharge
have been using 9 months now Bought another one for travelling use
Keep it simple

mza

Posted on 24 Jul 2010 17:31:36 BDT
It won't have made any changes to your machine if you didn't install the program, just plugging it in will do nothing but charge the batteries!

Posted on 21 Jan 2011 10:28:09 GMT
K. Malin says:
Yes, agree with the others - just don't install any software. When the LED stops blinking and is steady it's done it's job, easy. It's a shame to award just 1 star to a product that does what it says for such a cheap price.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2011 11:24:02 GMT
At the time of writing the review, I wasn't clear if Energizer had removed the offending software, so I think awarding a one-star for a product that I believed was going to be responsible for installing mal-ware on your machine was entirely justifiable!

I know it's a very cheap item, but the attraction for buying it was the monitoring software, which promised to show the charge state, how long remaining etc.
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