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A "Heads UP" regarding Adobe Flash Player update (Aug 25,2012)

By wizard57m-cnet Moderator ·
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Just wanted to give a bit of a heads up to folks, Adobe has "thoughtfully"
included by default the option to download Google Chrome browser and
set it as default. Now, for some that may be OK, but not for me, especially
on my business computers! I have to have Flash, but I can't take the
chance of having something break everytime (every week??) that Google
decides to update Chrome browser, silently no less.
This is another of my pet peeves about software installers...Why can't they
just offer to include added items, please DO NOT CHECK TO INSTALL
something else by default...Oracle's Java installer constantly tried to
trick users into installing the Ask Toolbar.
It's sad that companies resort to such underhanded practices, and that is
why in a post about Google Chrome's installation numbers I question the
actual number of users...How many of those "users" were tricked into
installing Chrome, Ask Toolbar, etc. when they were updating something
aready on their system?
Yet another strike against Google in my scorebook!

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Amen brother, continue preaching this sermon, as I agree - they should NOT

by Deadly Ernest In reply to A "Heads UP" regarding Ad ...

be ticked by default for anything extra. Also, the ones that are loaded like this are ALWAYS a real ******* to remove later.

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They also try to install mcafe

by Slayer_ In reply to A "Heads UP" regarding Ad ...

But so far, of the 3 machines I got, all 3 failed to install the new version. So, oh well.

Adobe getting really stupid, they have a 1mb web downloader that doesn't work, when just putting up the EXE would be easier. The flash 64bit OCX compresses to 4.25 megs. I'm pretty sure even dialup users can download 4.25 megs without a custom built downloader.

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I don't get the point of downloaders.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to They also try to install ...

I do know that the Flash Player downloader can be bypassed, and that the installation executable can be downloaded directly. I did it last week. Google terms like 'flash player download does not work' without the quotes. One of the Adobe pages will tell you where to download it.

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Java does it too.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to A "Heads UP" regarding Ad ...

This morning there was a browser toolbar bundled with the downloader. Caveman too smart for puny installer; caveman uncheck puny option box!

Why can't they just offer? Perhaps because they paid for every sucke- ..., uh, successful installation?

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It seems everyone is doing it now

by Slayer_ In reply to Java does it too.

GOM tried as well to install the ask toolbar, why on earth would I ever want that?

This madness has to stop.

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becasue they get paid for you doing it, that's why -nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to It seems everyone is doin ...
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They do this because most usres suffer from Fast Finger Freddy and

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Java does it too.

just click on download without reading what's there as that crap is in little type while the words DOWNLOAD UPDATE NOW are in huge type

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And then we get inundated with requests for help

to get rid of all the unwanted, unneccesary, almost useless added-on junk!

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ayep -nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to And then we get inundated ...
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What you mean you have to read the Download Destructions?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to They do this because most ...

Isn't it easier to just click and then you'll know everything will be as it should? :^0

The OEM Makers provide so much Crapware on their systems so the Software Providers feel that they must to.

Col

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