So we thought Comodo was disappointing for their tactics, AVAST

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So we thought Comodo was disappointing for their tactics, AVAST
Mar 28, 2013

I went to download AVAST.  Clicked on the install icon, chose custom install, unchecked: yahoo toolbar, yahoo search engine and yahoo startup page.  Clicked next and install was off and running.

WAIT A MINUTE WHY IS IT INSTALLING WEATHER BUG!  Cra*

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In reply to digitalshooter, Mar 28, 2013

Seems like a common practice these days.

Attempted to open a (free) greeting card.  Said I needed to update Flash, so I did, making sure I was not agreeing to any "extras".  Next thing I saw was that Google Search Bar, Yahoo Shopper Bar and a couple of others were being installed.

No such thing as a free lunch!

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agree ashame though they are hiding these things (nt)
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Re: agree ashame though they are hiding these things (nt)
In reply to digitalshooter, Mar 28, 2013

I downloaded Avast recently & only got what I asked for. Are you sure that you didn't double click on the options ?

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In reply to digitalshooter, Mar 28, 2013

digitalshooter wrote:

WAIT A MINUTE WHY IS IT INSTALLING WEATHER BUG!  Cra*

This is why I like:

http://www.freewarefiles.com/

It's an excellent source of freeware. Most of their software is sponsorship-free although addon toolbars etc. are not absolutely prohibited. However, they must have a clear and reasonable opt-out.

Of course, there have been some abuses but FreewareFiles seem to be diligent about nuking the listing as soon as someone reports the problem.

It's a source I have come to trust over quite a few years.

Interestingly, I see they are currently hosting Avast! I think there's a chance that their download is clean. Vendors want these listings and they will remove the crapware when it's necessary to get/maintain them.

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absolutely sure because
In reply to Keit ll, Mar 28, 2013

there were 2 boxes checked: Yahoo toolbar, Yahoo home page and yahoo search.

There was nothing I saw about the WeatherBug.

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thanks for the link
In reply to malch, Mar 28, 2013

I clicked on it and my eset blocked something trying to load from there

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In reply to digitalshooter, Mar 28, 2013

digitalshooter wrote:

I clicked on it and my eset blocked something trying to load from there

Probably a false alarm. It's squeaky clean according to VirusTotal:

https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/a1bed9e1b0f60cf588355d048dc96ae0c20aeeb5f266ac357833d0b5ff3d4809/analysis/

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