It would seem from both the comments on the blog post and the prompt reply on email that the update of FeedDemon to 18.104.22.168 was indeed legit!
It is apparent that the silence from the usually vocal development team confused more people than myself, so I don't feel so bad about questioning it. Nick Bradbury has taken the concerns regarding this; on board and will let everybody know in the future of pending updates. Phew 🙂
But yet again NewsGator and Nick have proved, to me in any case, that they are committed to their user base and most importantly responsive to their concerns and wishes. Thanks guys.
I am just glad I was not fighting some rogue virus or spyware at this point in time… I think I would have definitely been kicking myself and asking others to do it for me when I had finished.
I just can not speak highly enough of this program and the support, I just love it for lots of reasons and this is one of them.