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We do not often talk about Linux malware because it is often quickly patched up and not exploited much in the wild compared to Windows/macOS. However, there has been a concern regarding the Free Download Manager (a decently popular cross-platform download manager).

While we do not recommend it on our list of download managers available for Linux, some of our readers have suggested it in the past. And I have used it as well up until now on Windows.

So, what is the issue?

Free Download Manager is not malware. However, a malicious package for Linux was found, distributed as Free Download Manager.

Security researchers at Kaspersky discovered that it existed for at least two years (2020-2022) without users knowing what they were installing.