This page is specifically for Windows Defender SmartScreen, but similar warnings may appear on macOS.
When you download Houdoku and try to run the installer, you may get a warning saying "Windows protected your PC" that looks like this:
This warning does not mean Windows detected malware in the application. The reason this message appears is because the Houdoku release binaries are not cryptographically signed with a Code Signing Certificate. These certificates are a way for application publishers to prove that they are the ones who created the binary. Even with a CSC, the message may still appear until enough users indicate that they trust the publisher.
So why doesn't Houdoku use a Code Signing Certificate? Because they're expensive! A CSC can often cost a couple hundred dollars (USD) per year, and since Houdoku is free and I don't currently need a cert for anything else, I don't consider it a worthy expense. Therefore this warning will remain for the forseeable future.
- To continue installation after seeing this warning, just click "More info" under the description text and then click the "Run anyway" button at the bottom of the dialog.
- If you're still concerned, you can easily build/package Houdoku yourself as long as you already have Node & yarn installed. See instructions below.
# clone the repogit clone https://github.com/xgi/houdoku && cd houdoku # checkout a specific release versiongit checkout tags/vX.Y.Z # install dependencies & create packageyarn installyarn package
The appropriate binary for your OS will be created in the