Solved Downloaders are a nuisance...

August 13, 2012 at 17:22:01
Specs: Windows 7/Dual XP, ?/3gig
More and more on-line companies (like Cnet) are using down-loaders under the guise of additional security in order to download programmes and utilities. This may be OK for some but unless you are careful and read each screen you are also likely to install all sorts of other garbage like unwanted tool-bars, coupon sites etc. Looks like the days of a simple "click here to download" are fast disappearing!

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#1
August 13, 2012 at 18:44:11
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Yeah, CNet was "rooted-out" about a year ago:

http://www.ghacks.net/2011/08/17/th...

I tend to prefer MajorGeeks, but more often that not I'll Google the product and try to get it from the "OEM" first.

Also noticed that a lot more companies are using more "nagware" on their free stuff. I've held off of updating Avast! for that very reason...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
August 13, 2012 at 20:03:33
"nagware", I like that. Very appropriate, also possibly applicable to "antivirus" programs, which usually just get in the way, nag you constantly to update or to "upgrade" to the "newest" "paid" version. Norton is the worst. I will never, ever load another norton utility as long as I am mentally functional.

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August 13, 2012 at 21:01:00

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#4
August 16, 2012 at 17:57:47
Bah, how disappointing of Cnet! I liked those guys. I think the thing is that people are becoming immune to advertising to some extent, so advertising is getting a little more forceful. YouTube's advertising is getting incredibly annoying! I see more advertisements in a sitting of YouTube than I see while watching free to air TV. The other day it actually asked me to choose from two adverts before I could watch the video! I actually thought I had somehow left YouTube and was on some dodgy site but nope. That's just disgraceful in my opinion.

I started paying for AVG a few years ago and it seems to just stay out of my way, and that seems to mostly be the case for almost all of the computers which I maintain for people with the free installation.

Mattwizz3


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