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Ed Bott : Adobe and Skype top my Foistware Hall of Shame


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#1 alexalex

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 15:44

Also on the list : CCleaner, Foxit Reader, DivX, CPUID HWMonitor, CoreTemp, uTorrent..

Foistware: Software companies push software you don't need


http://www.zdnet.com...shame/3195?pg=1


#2 SuperKid

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 15:49

I don't get toolbars anymore they should just be gone!

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 17:38

Fox it reader is one of the worst

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Not only do you have to uncheck the pre selected check mark boxes but you also have to click decline. They make it you think its just like any other software install were you have to click allow to continue. Not the case. ********!

#4 Cheatyface

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 17:45

I honestly believe cruft being installed with software is a just punishment for people who can't be bothered to read anything when installing software.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 17:54

Digsby was terrible for a while. Installing adware for their own gain.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 18:01

While I hate that they take longer to update it, Ccleaner has a slim build with no toolbar.


I also disagree with the autor on the Apple stuff. Only 3rd party bloat is bad? crap is crap no matter who makes it.

#7 Skittelor

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 18:07

This annoying recent trend of including toolbars with the setup has made people wary and mindful of the installation process.

Before it just used to be: double-click setup.exe -> Next ->Next ......... -> Next -> Finish. Done.
Atleast now a good percentage of users actually pay attention lol

Either way, I'm against the whole "install software" mindset, I'm a staunch believer in portable apps: Extract -> Finish. Done.
Beauty in simplicity.
It's wishful thinking but I do hope the big corporations change their software so that they become truly portable.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 18:10

Missed Acrobat Reader and Java too. And that Flash likes to dump Adobe's Download Manager on your system too for no good reason. Foxit is just such an amazing POS on all fronts.

#9 Melfster

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 18:15

This one of problems with Windows... Microsoft when it implements its App Store should have strict policy against this.

#10 jakem1

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 18:25

Java is also guilty of this but Apple is the worst by virtue of the fact that they continue to install their crapware even when you explicitly uncheck it in the installer.

#11 Salty Wagyu

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 18:35

Isn't Shark007's codec pack the worst? I've always been careful over the years to lookout for third party software, but Shark007 caught me out for the first time and I found Bing Toolbar got installed.

#12 Copernic

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:55

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I am sick and tired of software companies that try to make a quick buck by tricking their customers into installing programs they don’t need. It’s time to name and shame the worst purveyors of foistware out there. Adobe and Skype are at the top of my list. Can you add more nominees?


Dear Mr. Ed Bott , here's are my two nominees:

- http://downloads.zdnet.com/
- http://download.cnet.com/

One-third of the software listed on your company websites (CBS interactive) is bundled with toolbars, adware, spyware and other crap. Clean your house first!

#13 Randolph

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:05

Dear Mr. Ed Bott , here's are my two nominees:

- http://downloads.zdnet.com/
- http://download.cnet.com/

One-third of the software listed on your company websites (CBS interactive) is bundled with toolbars, adware, spyware and other crap. Clean your house first!

Best post. +1

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 15:38

Now Microsoft owns Skype will the Google Toolbar still be an install option?

#15 Udedenkz

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 22:31

Now Microsoft owns Skype will the Google Toolbar still be an install option?

make that bing