Installers Hall Of Shame

There exists a number of disturbingly growing trends these days when we think of new software releases – the ever growing size and bloatedness of software and of course the propensity of developers to include additional (optional) software like toolbars and the like. The ever vigilant folks at Calendar Of Updates have a recent list of software that include these “add-ons”. IMHO, this is wholly unacceptable and is only a step away from actual spyware.

  • Adobe Flash Player – Google Toolbar
  • Adobe Reader – eBay Desktop
  • AOL Instant Messenger – AOL Toolbar
  • Apple’s Software Updater – Safari Browser, QuickTime, iTunes
  • Applian FLV Player – Yahoo Toolbar
  • AVG 8 – AVG Security Toolbar (Yahoo Search bar)
  • BitComet – Google Toolbar
  • CCleaner (standard installer) – Yahoo Toolbar <<<Offers ‘Lite’ version, without toolbar
  • Comodo Firewall Pro – Ask Toolbar (This toolbar is detected as spyware/adware by several vendors)
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD 8 – Google Toolbar and BETA of Moovielive
  • Daemon Tools – Search tool and sponsor ad module
  • DivX – Yahoo Toolbar
  • GoogleTalk – no addon but will change default search setting of IE
  • GoogleEarth – Pre checked Google Toolbar installation
  • ICQ 6 – ICQ Toolbar
  • Iobit advanced one care – Yahoo Toolbar (selecting no will still do changes on the system)
  • IrfanView (Google Toolbar for IE and Google Desktop Search)
  • Logitech Setpoint (Logitech Yahoo! Toolbar)
  • MP3 WMA Converter – Yahoo Search and Delio Comparsion Shopping Toolbar
  • Nero Burning Rom – Ask Toolbar (This toolbar is detected as spyware/adware by several vendors)
  • PC Tools Firewall Plus – Google Toolbar and Threatfire
  • Shockwave Player – Norton Security Scan or Google Toolbar
  • Skype – Google Toolbar
  • Spyware Doctor – Google Toolbar
  • Spyware Terminator – Web security guard, Crawler
  • Sun Java RE (online installer) – Google Toolbar
  • Sun Java – OpenOffice.org
  • Trillian – Ask Toolbar and Weather Channel Desktop
  • Veoh media player – Yahoo toolbar, search engine change & search protection
  • Webroot SpySweeper – Ask Toolbar (This toolbar is detected as spyware/adware by several vendors)
  • Winamp – Winamp Toolbar
  • Windows Live Installer – Windows Live Toolbar and Sign-in Assistant
  • Windows Update – Windows Genuine Advantage Notification – (pre-checked, not required, should not be high-priority)
  • Windows SteadyState – Windows Live Toolbar
  • Winzip – RegistryBooster
  • xplorer2Lite – Conduit toolbar
  • YaHoo! Instant Messenger – YaHoo! toolbar, with ‘YaHoo! Search Protection’ and homepage change to YaHoo!
  • ZoneAlarm – SpyBlocker (Ask Toolbar) (This toolbar is detected as spyware/adware by several vendors)

CoU Link here

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