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Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

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Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

Just stumbled across a very good blog post:
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/DownloadWrappersAndUnwantedSoftwareArePureEvil.aspx
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Re: Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

Hmmmmmm! It's high time this kind thing was outlawed! Angry
I've seen examples of this when doing s/w updates (like Java!), somebody reckons I should have xyz and the default is always ticked. Cheesy
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Re: Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

I hate download managers  Angry
I hate even more downloads where they will only let you download the program via an exe file and you can't install older versions just the latest one with whatever crapware they have added
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Re: Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

One surprisingly sneaky change that I have come across is with the Opera browser.  When installing , the "make this my default browser" choice is pre-ticked box AND only visible if one explores Options.
OK the change made will be obvious and easily undone but it annoyed me when I first discovered it.
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Re: Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

Even when you download from various hosting sites you often have to remember to untick the box that says "download as exe".
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Re: Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

download.com was once a good site for programs, but no longer! Keep Clear
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Re: Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

Must admit it is one thing that I DON'T miss about no longer using M$ stuff. All this cr()pware you get when you just want a simple program. Toolbars, hidden programs, etc,etc,etc.
Had to clean out a mates pc last week, he couldn't get back on the internet, a page had poped up saying his IE was out of date and click here to install updates. He did  Crazy Cry
After removing the toolbar, redirector, "optimizer", etc I showed him where to go for REAL updates  Grin And installed malwarebytes for him and told him to run it weekly.
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Re: Download Wrappers and Unwanted Software are pure evil

It's amazing the number of people who simply click through all the 'Next's without reading any info.
perhaps they are scared that they wouldn't understand what the Custom options may offer Undecided
I finally drummed it into my daughter to read and select Custom and untick all the crap.

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