Solved Sublime installation of McAfee Security Scan

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March 1, 2014 at 16:06:56
Specs: Windows 8 - 64Bit, 1.8 GHz / 4gig
I had occasion today to update my Adobe Flash plug-in and when I ran the plug-in install I noted that not only was the plug-in being updated but "McAfee Security Scan was also being installed.

I duly clicked the icon on the desktop out of interest sake and the scan started with the statement "Checking Updates" (or words to that effect). It then ran a scan that told me that my Virus checker had been found and was in order and that the Firewall was OK. It stated (in red) that three online sites had been found that were suspect but it did not state what they were and finally that McAfee was not installed (click the Install icon to install)

I used Revo Uninstall to remove it and because Revo indicated that it could not find the "uninstall.exe" I used "Forced" uninstall which removed it completely.

I think it is highly unprofessional for a company to use such underhanded tactics to install a product which I did not want and did not need being completely protected with products of my choosing.

The ultimate question of course is do I need Adobe Shockwave Flash because if not its out!


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March 2, 2014 at 15:23:22
Not sure what's going on. I've been doing manual updates from this link for years and never hit your issue:
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash...
If you use the link given at the end of the text above the table it always has a check box at step 1 for McAfee or whatever. I've found unchecking always works. Just checked right now and it looked exactly the same as usual to me.

By the way, you probably know this but on Windows 8 flash updates are now part of Windows updates on IE, so you no longer need to do them for that. You still need to do them for (and from) each alternative browser.

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#1
March 1, 2014 at 16:19:20
Well if you can live without streaming video such as you tube and Catchup TV then you can do without it. Unfortunately there are so many web sites that use flash that you will be constantly pestered to install it.

Where did you get the update from as I suspect it was not from Adobe. I have never know Adobe to include anything else in their Flash updates before.

Stuart


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#2
March 1, 2014 at 16:57:32
It was from their update site... I got this fairly large black box with all the required click buttons which I did and I got two install lines with the progressing green line... one for the update and one for the McAfee install, definitely an Adobe install, you can't mistake them! Install version is 12.0.0.70

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#3
March 1, 2014 at 19:08:12
It's not unusual for one software program to come bundled with another. Toolbars, AV scanners, Chrome, etc are some of the common bundled programs. Adobe has been bundling McAfee or Chrome for quite some time. All you needed to do was uncheck the box.

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#4
March 1, 2014 at 21:00:15
riider if there had been a box to uncheck I would have, I've been caught before with that lark and I scan every install before I rush into it. This is the standard Adobe install an update box (large black requester with the Adobe logo) with no additional embellishments, no indication that there is an additional download. If I remember correctly all there is a"Continue" button. I have updated before and then for some reason I uninstalled the plug-in but then I found that I needed it for some video work so I re-installed it and it is only lately that I have been required to update it.

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#5
March 2, 2014 at 15:23:22
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Not sure what's going on. I've been doing manual updates from this link for years and never hit your issue:
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash...
If you use the link given at the end of the text above the table it always has a check box at step 1 for McAfee or whatever. I've found unchecking always works. Just checked right now and it looked exactly the same as usual to me.

By the way, you probably know this but on Windows 8 flash updates are now part of Windows updates on IE, so you no longer need to do them for that. You still need to do them for (and from) each alternative browser.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
March 2, 2014 at 21:34:54
Aha.. The penny drops the deselect checkbox is on the first page and I have never noticed it there before. Just shows you have to be super vigilant. I'll make a belated apology to Adobe for accusing them of underhanded tricks.

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#7
March 3, 2014 at 08:36:11
It wasn't quite that way some time back - to some extent it is now more prominent. Most likely they change it's location from time to time to fool us. Or am I being suspicious?

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#8
March 3, 2014 at 15:03:23
... actually as I remember it there was never an additional install with Flash, I have only recently begun using it again.

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#9
March 3, 2014 at 15:19:06
The layout has changed dramatically in recent months but I'm not sure how long they've been trying to foist things on us - a fair while though.

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#10
March 6, 2014 at 10:56:15
Everyone seems to be doing this same thing. I have links that I post for downloads. Occasionally I find out that those links have added these piggybacked apps and I didn't realize they had.

Guess I need to click the link myself before posting it, or just state a general disclaimer to read the screens instead of blindly clicking through.


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#11
March 6, 2014 at 14:55:44
OtheHill... there was a time when one could install and be sure that nothing else was being snuck in... times have changed and I make a point now of being vigilant but who would have thought that Adobe would stoop to that practice? I certainly didn't and i just clicked "continue" (or whatever it was).

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#12
March 29, 2014 at 08:46:57
I've learned to uncheck all additional progs and do a custom install of ALL software when installing. Saves alot of grief later

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