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Beware of unofficial downloads!

Apparently like "any good piece of software", Pale Moon has, by now, seen its fair share of unofficial, altered and sometimes even virus/malware-infected downloads. Be very conscious about where you get the browser from, and if you are not 100% sure that the download you got was clean, make sure to check the SHA1 checksums of the file you downloaded against the ones posted on the download pages on this site.

If you have the right software, like GnuPG with Cryptophane, PGP Desktop Security, or similar, you can also check the files against the PGP signatures (digital signatures) posted on this site to make sure that the files have not been tampered with. The public key to check against is the one with ID 0xAB6DDDBA and can either be fetched from the public key servers or be downloaded from this web site [here]

Officially endorsed third party contributed builds are listed [Here] - please check this list!

How to quickly know if your source can be trusted:

A few indicators to know if a location is untrusted:

1. Unofficial logo used

Pale Moon unofficial downloads often have "home made" logos on the page where you download from. The only proper logo is the Pale Moon image as found on the home page, without overlaid text, altered shading or colouring, and certainly not using a fox anywhere in the image. If you see an unofficial logo you can therefore be sure it's not an official source. Of course having the official logo doesn't guarantee it is a good source, but you can at least rule out the ones with a "shopped" logo.

Some examples of unofficial logos:

A far cry from a moon, and more importantly: Pale Moon doesn't have a fox for a logo.

Text overlay, "button edge", no shadow under the moon

Change of shading and text overlay

Firefox logo pasted on top

Different color, stylized image

Altered contrast, text overlay, and no shadow under the moon again

Grey,  "3D glass" effect

Photo of a planet, overlayed other unofficial logo.



2. Download locations

These unofficial versions are pretty much always downloaded from hosting on third-party ad-supported or paid-for file hosting services. Any free/ad-supported hosting service therefore should not be trusted.

Some Examples of unofficial download hosting services:

Megaupload, Rapidshare, DepositFiles, Hotfile, Filekeen, LetItBit, ShareFlare, VIP-File, Mediafire, FileSonic, FileServe, FileDropper, FileFactory, FreeFileHosting, MyFreeFileHosting, FileDen, FastFreeFilehosting, Easy-Share, YouSendIt, etc., etc., etc.

3. Publisher-signed executables

Starting with Pale Moon 24.3.0, all installer .exes and the main palemoon.exe file will be cryptographically signed (Publisher = Markus Straver). If you see this signature you know it's an official and unchanged program.

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