Does anyone know what the the Firefox Plugin
Pando Web Plugin 188.8.131.52 is?
Since I found the rant against the Pando Media Booster in the other answer a bit inadequate, I've done some research.
First, it's clear what Pando Media Booster is and it is also clear that some (free to play?) Games use it to download the installer: For example, the free to play DDO game will tell you very clearly that it is going to use PMB to download the 3-4GB of installer data.
It does not tell you that it will install a browser plugin however, and there really doesn't seem to be any good info what the plugin actually is supposed to do.
But let's take a peek at the plugin database of Firefox, located at (Win7)
Aha! So it will "detect and launch PMB". The only question remains when it will detect and launch PMB.
Will it evilly start PMB whenever you start your browser and use up all of your bandwidth behind you back??!
Or will it, harmlessly, just start PMB when a file type of
Well, we can tentatively check this by using, e.g., Process Explorer, to monitor processes and specifically also to monitor all internet connections that Firefox opens (this is on the TCP/IP tab of the process properties.)
So I go ahead and re-enable the plugin: ...
Now, is Firefox suddenly spinning up connections to somewhere or has it launched the PMB.exe behind my back??! Well, no, at least not during the last five minutes.
To answer the question
So, what I assume the purpose of this plugin is, is that it launches the Pando Media Booster in response to some action from the user, possibly by clicking on some appropriately MIME-typed link.
League of Legends installed this on my computer. What a piss off. Here's some information: http://foxsys.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-is-pando-media-booster-pandoexe.html
Essentially, they've silently installed software that will enslave your computer to seed updates for their software so that they don't have to pay the bandwidth costs and you do.
In my case Pando Media Blaster was installed when I installed Champions Online free to play. When I uninstalled it from add remove programs, it launches my web browser ( probably the plug in? ) and opens up a questionaire asking why i'm uninstalling. From there you can click on the official FAQ about what Pando is, what it does, etc. The direct URL for their offical FAQ is http://www.pandomediabooster.com/pando-media-booster-support-faq It answer common questions like is it malware, etc. (It claims its not). However Since I uninstalled it, I also disabled the pando plug in on my chrome browser so I wont have to worry about it in the future.
protected by slhck Oct 27 '13 at 9:41
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