Does CamStudio contain malware? If yes, what is a free open-source alternative to CamStudio that does not have malware or spyware?

Background: I was thinking of installing CamStudio, so I googled it to see if it was safe and I ran across this Wikipedia article that gave me concern. I'm not sure what I am going to download just yet.

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A recent download (moments ago) of version 2.7 from the camstudio web site is an executable file. A directed scan by Malwarebytes returns no undesirable software indications. Installation and subsequent scan also returns no trouble.

An alternative, also free, open-source, multi-platform program is OBS. This program provides for streaming as well as independent capture, as well as a substantial number of other editing features. No malware has been associated with this software in my research/reading over the last year or so.

  • +1 for virus scan AND OBS recommendation. Tried to find a side-by-side comparison of ~'CamStudio vs OBS...', but found no side-by-side comparisons in google results at this moment (OBS seems less well-known than CamStudio). Will try to search again either today or tomorrow.
    – Roger
    Jan 5, 2021 at 14:49

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