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Let me tell Yahoo what it can do with its extra features

One News.com story that really hit home for me today was "Yahoo IM users get more than they bargained for" (http://www.techrepublic.com/2100-1035_11-5845886.html).  According to the article, "By accepting Yahoo's 'typical' installation of YIM with Voice, it will also download Yahoo's Search Toolbar with anti-spyware and anti-pop-up software, desktop and system tray shortcuts, as well as Yahoo Extras, which will insert Yahoo links into the Internet Explorer browser."   

I don't know about you, but I don't touch the "customized" installation feature with a 10-foot pole, because that's usually where all that extra junk lives. Yes, I accepted the "typical" installation, and after a while, I started to notice that there were some strange additions, such as an extra popup blocker and a Y search icon when I highlighted text. However, I wasn't exactly sure what was going on until after I read this article. Sneaky stuff, Yahoo!!  Just an FYI - I uninstalled the entire thing and reinstalled with the "customized" feature, which allowed me to deselect those unnecessary extras.

About Sonja Thompson

Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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