Guth, on 27 September 2012 - 18:41, said:
Forgive me, I haven't read the whole thread but just wanted to put this out there.
I have not came across many web-based installers so far. (the ones where you download a small EXE and run that, which then downloads and installs the software)
The ones I have seen almost always are full of spyware/ad-ware crap. I always thought these were just a way of masking what you are actually downloading behind what you think you are getting. Some of the really bad ones make you download and install an "installer" first, before you can even download your required software.
I've come to hate these "web based installers" and I always avoid them now.
Perhaps I've just had bad experiences but almost every single one has came along with some ad-ware. Some didnt even give me the software it was supposed to.
You've had bad experiences..
Web Installes are no more affected by crap/spyware than normal ones lol.
As was said above, it has the advantage of them not having to remake the installer for every update, just change the data at the location [ also if you save the installer, you will always install the latest version, even months apart.. ].. Also many are used with applications that may have additional dependencies, the small exe can see what your system has, and not bother downloading those parts you don't need.
Lastly, and this deals with large ones, the larger the file, the greater the chance that a problem will happen on transfer.. In many cases downloading a large file and your net gets interrupted or something, you need to start over.. a web installer doesn't care, and can just discard bad data and redownload that part, or continue where it left off if you got dc'd for a few sec/min/hrs..