Why Isn't A Program Malware If It Installs Additional, Unwanted Software?
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:22 AM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:30 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:06 AM
Not long ago, a user I support installed a well-known and formerly trusted free PDF printer. Along with it she got a browser hijacker that was actually placed there for profit by the author (versus someone maliciously modifying and redistributing the installer). The checkbox to disable the install was hidden on a tab of the installer screen. The remnants of that little mistake (which took four hours to undo) are still hanging around in the browser causing occasional error messages about the default search provider being corrupted.
My point is that these types of add-ons are not harmless annoyances which can be avoided by carefully reading the install screens. They are malware, plain and simple, and should be regarded as such. Yes, there are worse kinds of malware, but that's not the point.
If at any time I discover that some application is requesting to install an add-on I did not request that is unrelated to the program I'm installing, I quit the installer immediately without installing the program, delete the installer, and cross that vendor off my list for good. Only a zero-tolerance approach will rid us of this bane on modern software. (One large shareware download site has now added this into their default download sequence, meaning you have to carefully avoid this malware on every single download. I'll never visit that site again.)
I'm not against software authors making money, but it should be done on the merits of their work and not by trickery.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:05 AM
Need a Windows ISO image?
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:11 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:34 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:42 AM
Nero is the big culprit that comes to mind. Why on earth do they feel the need to bundle crapware in with PAID software?
Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:14 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:55 PM
My Sony was that way. Just the OS, and a few Sony media applications. None of it junk though. It was quick, and clean... too bad the machine died and Sony support had to ruin the experience.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:35 AM
which gets sneakier by the day.
Even once trusted sites are using this sleigh of hand
and the whole thing has become a minefield.
I am well capable of making my own decisions so I ask these
people to stop ticking boxes on my behalf and dumping
malware on my machine - taking advantage of my need for
Those of you who do this, and you know yourselves, hang your
heads in shame.
You are often guilty of gross dishonesty.
Shame on you.
You are giving the industry that provides your livelihood a
very bad name.
I am confident that the population of my country - Ireland -
stands behind me on this.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:27 PM
Easy! Buy a Mac.
Why yes, Apple would *never* preinstall potentially unwanted software on their machines [cough] iTunes[cough].
Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:32 PM
So you're not using any Adobe or Google products? Hmmmm...
Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:42 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:41 PM
That's why I use a program called "EULAlyzer". It reads the EULA quickly, and points out any "interesting" parts. I don't install ANY program without "reading" the EULA first.