A shocking number of Anti Virus products are generating revenue through PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
In great detail, the folks at howtogeek.com outline the risks of downloading software from sites like download.com.
The Ask toolbar is now a pre-selected install option when you download Java.
Software from the popular download site FileHippo – is now delivered with adware.
An online service that will help you avoid the additional crapware that tags along with many software installs.
Bob Rankin points out more danger signs for those looking for software on popular download sites.
Here’s a tool that makes it super simple to safely install new software, and keep it all up to date…
Ed Bott points out that the recent “must install” Java update was bundled with crapware and examines why foistware still exists.
A reader asks: ‘My browser is filling up with unwanted toolbars, and I can no longer search with Google. I have anti-virus protection, but these things still creep in somehow, and I don’t recall ever asking for them. Where do they come from, and how can I avoid this problem?’
Foistware– I know you’re familiar with it. Most of the time it is served up as a small check box that is already checked. The purveyors of this crap are hoping you click so fast that you don’t notice their presumptuous check mark . Sure it’s legal, but it’s irritating, it’s a pain, it’s annoying. It’s just one more example of someone trying to force things on us that we don’t want. Like ordering a cheeseburger and getting a fish sandwich.