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Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:13:11 am »
Event Title: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-ons)
Event Owner: Donna
Event Calendar: Calendar of Updates
Event Date: February 29th 2008

Below is the current list of dodgy installers, if you find inaccurate information, updates or additions to our list, please post in the discussion portion of this topic and a Moderator or Admin will verify and update the list.

  • Ad-Aware - Pre-checked offer for "Lavasoft SecureSearch" as your default search provider. Updated by Wingman Aug 16, 2015
  • Adobe Flash Player - now have pre-checked offers to install McAfee Security Scan Plus and True Key (password manager) by Intel Security.  Updated by Wingman Oct 22, 2016
  • Adobe Reader - now have pre-checked offers to install McAfee Security Scan Plus.  Updated by Wingman Aug 9, 2015
  • Adobe Shockwave Player - now has Norton Security Scan. FF users may see Google Chrome offers. Updated by Triple Helix Sept 8, 2015... Wingman Sep 9, 2015
  • Aero Fox addon for Firefox - Not available for Firefox 40.0 or higher.   Updated by Wingman Aug 30, 2015
  • Any Video Converter - Includes a mandatory OpenCandy install.  Updated by Wingman Aug 16, 2015
  • AnVir Task Manager Free - Bundles Reg Organizer.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • Avira Free - offers “Avira SafeSearch Plus.” This is just a rebranded version of the Ask Toolbar.  Updated by Wingman Aug 15, 2015
  • avast! Internet Security 2016 (Trial) - Bundles Google Chrome (and set it as default web browser), and Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. Updated by Aura Dec 22, 2015
  • AOL Instant Messenger - Pre-checked options to alter search engine and Home page; AOL Messaging Toolbar  Updated by Wingman Aug 18, 2015
  • Apple Software Updater - Bundles other Apple products depending on the ones you have, includes: iTunes, QuickTime, iCloud, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.  Updated by Hardhead on Aug 29th 2015
  • Applian FLV Player - Bundles WeatherBug, Stormfal: Age of War and Norton Antivirus 2014 but they are unchecked by default and the installer offers the option to skip all of them.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • Auslogics Disk Defrag - Now bundles Auslogics BoostSpeed and Ad-Aware Web Companion.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • Auslogics Duplicate File Finder - Now bundles Auslogics BoostSpeed and Ad-Aware Web Companion.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • Auslogics Registry Cleaner - Now bundles Auslogics BoostSpeed and Ad-Aware Web Companion.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • Auslogics Registry Defrag - Now bundles Auslogics BoostSpeed and Ad-Aware Web Companion.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • Avast - pre-checked Google Chrome   Updated by Wingman Aug 20, 2015
  • AVG Free Antivirus - Bundles AVG Zen and will also nag you into downloading potentially harmful programs like AVG PC TuneUp and AVG Web TuneUp. Updated by Aura on Sept 5th 2015
  • AVG Web TuneUp - Bundles AVG Secure Search as default search provider, homepage and new tab page.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • BitTorrent - Bundles BitTorrent Bundle, Search Protect (home page, default search and new tab in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) and Trovi Search. Updated by Aura on Sept 5th 2015
  • BurnAware Free - Includes a mandatory OpenCandy install.  Clean install (No OpenCandy)  Updated by hewee Jul 7, 2016
  • CCleaner (standard installer) - pre-checked offer to install Google Toolbar.  Updated by Wingman Jan 26, 2016
  • CDBurnerXP - Includes mandatory OpenCandy install. Updated by Wingman Sep 4, 2015
  • ClamWin - Ask Toolbar
  • Comodo Internet Security, Antivirus & Firewall - pre- checked Chromodo browser and GeekBuddy  Updated by Wingman Aug 20, 2015
  • CutePDF Writer - Forceful  offers to set Teoma as Search and Homepage. Speed up my PC offer as well. Updated by Wingman, Nov 20, 2016
  • Cyberlink BD Advisor - Google Toolbar. 
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD - Pre-checked Google Chrome and setting as default browser.   Updated by Wingman, Dec 8, 2015
  • Daemon Tools Lite - Bundles Ad-Aware Web Companion, sets Bing as homepage, new tab and default search engine on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox and also bundles Opera. Updated by Aura on Sept 5th 2015
  • Defraggler - Bundles Google Chrome and Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. Updated by Aura on Sept 5th 2015
  • DexTop - Bundles OpenCandy (cannot opt-out, see the EULA) and Opera Browser.  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • DivX - Bundles PC Speed Maximizer Updated by Triple Helix on July 15th 2016
  • DoNotSpy10 - Bundles OpenCandy, Great Find and PC Mechanic.  Updated by techie on Aug 29th 2015
  • Duplicate Cleaner Free (from Digital Volcano Software) - Doesn't bundle anything anymore. Leaving it in the list to avoid confusion since there's other programs called "Duplicate Cleaner Free" as well. Updated by Aura on Sept 5th 2015
  • FLV Player Free (from A Software Plus) - Bundles RelevantKnowledge. Updated by Aura on Sept 5th 2015
  • FormatFactory - Bundles Search App by Ask! (also sets it as default search provider, home page and new tab), SpeedUpMyPC, Opera, AVI Synth and Picosmos Picture Tools. Updated by Aura on Sept 5th 2015
  • Foxit PDF Reader - Now bundles Foxit PhantomPDF Standard (30 days trial).  Updated by Aura on Aug 29th 2015
  • Free YouTube to MP3 Converter (by DVDVideoSoft) - Includes Open Candy and has pre-checked YouTube browser entrensions.  Updated by Wingman on Nov 28th 2015
  • Game House Installers - Google Desktop Search and/or Google Toolbar for IE.
  • GOM Media Player - Now bundles WeatherBug and GOM Video Converter. Updated by Aura on Sept 14th 2015
  • IM ToolPack - Prechecked install of Crawler Toolbar, Crawler Homepage and Search Engine.  Updated by Wingman Dec 01, 2015
  • ImgBurn - Includes a mandatory OpenCandy install.   Updated by Aura & GDN, Aug 15, 2015
  • IncrediMail - Now sets IncrediMail search service (powered by Google) as the default search engine and homepage and bundles the IncrediMail Toolbar. Updated by techie Feb 12th, 2016
  • IOBit Smart Defrag - Chromium browser, sets Yahoo as Search and Homepage.  Use "Click here" link to uncheck.  Updated by Wingman Dec 27, 2015
  • IObit Advanced SystemCare - Prechecked option for IOBit's Driver Booster.  Updated by Wingman Dec 27, 2015
  • IrfanView  - Google Toolbar for IE and Google Desktop Search.  Firefox installer contains Google Chrome browser.   Updated by Wingman Nov 29, 2015
  • IrfanView (64-bit)   - Prechecked options for Amazon 1Button App, Amazon Smart Search for homepage and Search defaults.  Updated by Wingman Nov 29, 2015
  • IZArc - Supposedly free of adware but may contain OpenCandy.  Updated by Wingman Nov 29, 2015
  • ManyCam Virtual Webcam - Offers MyStart.com as home page, and the MyStart New Tab extension on Google Chrome. These offers are prechecked. Updated by Aura Dec 3rd, 2015
  • Maxthon Cloud Browser - Bundles Maxthon Appstore. Updated by Aura Dec 3rd, 2015
  • MessengerPlus! Live - Microsoft replaced Messenger Live with Skype,  April 8 2013. Updated by Wingman Aug 26, 2015
  • Moo0 Connection Watcher - Still bundles Moo0 Disk Cleaner and Moo0 YouTube Downloader.  Updated by Wingman Dec 27, 2015
  • Nero Free, Nero Burning Rom or Nero 9 Essentials and Nero BurnLite 10 - Ask Toolbar
  • Norton products - Ask Search in Norton toolbar. No option to remove and it was pushed by including in a Norton patch.
  • Office Live add-in - includes Silverlight add-on. Office Live is a discontinued web-based service  It consisted of two services: Office Live Workspace, now replaced by OneDrive and Office Live Small Business, now replaced by Office 365.  Updated by Wingman Apr 26, 2016
  • OpenCandy - offering third party software. Report says that even if you do not install the 3rd party software, there is modification in the registry, files and will add tracking cookies. There's also Conduit Toolbar in the page.
  • Oracle Java - pre-checked Yahoo! as your homepage and default search engine on Internet Explorer.   Use Java Control Panel> Advanced> Miscellaneous :  Check "Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating." to prevent 3rd party software install offers in the future.  Updated by Aura Aug 9, 2015
  • PalTalk - Ask toolbar and Ask Search and Homepage.  Updated by Wingman Dec 27, 2015
  • Panda Cloud AV 2016 -  now bundles "Panda toolbar, set Yahoo as default search Engine, set Mystart as default Homepage (powered by Yahoo).  Updated by techie Oct 06, 2015
  • PC Wizard 2014 - pre-checked Systweak's Free Security Scan: Advanced System Protector.  Updated by Wingman Aug 26, 2015
  • PDF Shaper Free (v6) - Prechecked install of ByteFence Antimalware.  Using FF I saw prechecked Wow.com Homepage and start tab.. Updated by hewee & Wingman Jul 03 2016
  • PDFCreator - Bundles PDF Architect. Updated by Aura Dec 3rd, 2015
  • PowerISO - Bundles Norton 360, Google Chrome and Wow.com (set as default search engine). Updated by Hardhead, Dec 27th 2015
  • Quick Media Converter HD - Ask Toolbar, Ask Search, Ask Homepage (by default).
  • RealPlayer - recommends Teoma Search and Toolbar... and offers Norton Security Scan.  User must manually decline each offer.  Updated by Wingman Apr 26, 2016
  • Risingware Fast Start Genie - installs Fast Start Genie and Risingware i-Desktop.
  • Skype - now bundles click to call, Make Bing My search engine, Make MSN my Homepage.  Updated by techie Oct 06, 2015
  • Spyware Terminator - Web security guard, Crawler.
  • uTorrent - Now bundles BitTorrent Bundles, Search Protect, Trovi Search and Pluto.TV. Updated by Aura Sept 19th 2015
  • VDownloader - Now bundles Ad-Aware Web Companion and set Bing as homepage, new tab and default search engine on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox and Pluto.TV. Updated by Aura Sept 19th 2015
  • Veoh Web Player - Now bundles Ad-Aware Web Companion and set Bing as homepage, new tab and default search engine on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, Pluto.TV, Opera and TuneUp Utilities. Updated by Aura Sept 19th 2015
  • WeatherBug - pre-checked offers: Ask Search App, Toolbar, sets Ask as default search provider. Updated by Wingman Sep 4, 2015 
  • WildFire CD Ripper - Now sets Yahoo! as homepage, default search engine and new tab on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. If you click on "Decline", it'll ask you if you want to exit WildFire CD Ripper setup, but it'll continue anyway. Updated by Aura Sept 19th 2015
  • Winamp - Winamp downloads have been taken down from the official website. A post on their forum by a Team Member said that they should be back up sometime during 2015. For now, there's no official download links for Winamp, therefore no bundled installer. Thread on Winamp Forums. Updated by Aura Sept 19th 2015
  • Windows Live Installer - Windows Live Toolbar and Sign-in Assistant.
  • WinZip - Now bundles Norton 360, but it's unchecked by default. Updated by Aura Sept 19th 2015
  • Yahoo! Messenger - Now bundles Yahoo! Toolbar, set Yahoo! as browser default search engine, homepage and Yahoo! Search Protection. Updated by Aura Sept 19th 2015
« Last Edit: November 20, 2016, 12:15:41 pm by Wingman »
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 12:00:29 am »
Awesome we have the list! Now let's report new or changes to the programs above and we will get them updated and or added!

Thanks,

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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2015, 04:01:35 pm »
Ccleaner now has a pre-checked offer to install Google Chrome as your default browser, in their Standard install.
Offers "slim" build with no pre-checked offers.
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2015, 04:12:56 pm »
Ccleaner now has a pre-checked offer to install Google Chrome as your default browser, in their Standard install.
Offers "slim" build with no pre-checked offers.

Thanks I have updated it!

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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2015, 04:44:11 pm »
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Adobe Flash Player - Google Toolbar
Adobe Reader - eBay Desktop
Both products now have pre-checked offers to install McAfee Security Scan Plus
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2015, 04:34:45 pm »
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Adobe Flash Player - Google Toolbar
Adobe Reader - eBay Desktop
Both products now have pre-checked offers to install McAfee Security Scan Plus
Thanks I have updated it!

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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2015, 09:20:00 pm »
If I may, there's more to Adobe products. If you download them from Internet Explorer, you'll be offered Google Chrome and Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer.

If you download them from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another web browser, you'll be offered the classic McAfee Security Scan Plus.

Also, Java doesn't bundle the Ask! Toolbar anymore, but asks to set Yahoo! as your homepage and default search engine on Internet Explorer.



These are the two obvious corrections I can see. Oh and ImgBurn doesn't bundle Ask! Toolbar nor Uniblue Desktop Icons anymore. It have OpenCandy built-in the installer, and also offers Ad-Aware Web Companion, as well as setting up Bing as the homepage, new tab and default search engine on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Unchecking Ad-Aware Web Companion will also uncheck Bing. Unchecking Bing however, leaves Ad-Aware checked. It also bundles Great Find which is most likely plain Adware.





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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2015, 02:53:56 pm »
If you download them from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another web browser, you'll be offered the classic McAfee Security Scan Plus.
To verify, I used FF when checking these 2 products.

Also, Java doesn't bundle the Ask! Toolbar anymore, but asks to set Yahoo! as your homepage and default search engine on Internet Explorer.
I used FF checking Java and nothing was offered.

I have Adblock Plus enabled in FF, if that makes any difference.

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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2015, 07:57:11 pm »
Java I found that it's only offers PUA's or PUP's when the program self updates but if you download and install it doesn't offer anything most times.

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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2015, 10:20:45 pm »
I downloaded Java from Mozilla Firefox and it offered me Yahoo!. Where did you download it from? I downloaded it straight from Java.com.

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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2015, 03:24:37 pm »
I downloaded Java from Mozilla Firefox and it offered me Yahoo!. Where did you download it from? I downloaded it straight from Java.com.
I downloaded it from java.com as well, using FF.  https://java.com/en/download/
No offers of any 3rd party software.
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2015, 04:01:43 pm »
Defraggler now has pre-checked offer to Install Google Chrome as my default browser.

List updated: 08-15-2015
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2015, 05:48:02 pm »
That's weird. I'll try to see if I can reproduce that on a VM tonight using the three web browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Also this confirms a partnership between Yahoo! and Oracle.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/06/24/yahoo-tries-to-hook-search-users-via-java-updates/
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2015, 06:36:14 pm »
That's weird. I'll try to see if I can reproduce that on a VM tonight using the three web browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Also this confirms a partnership between Yahoo! and Oracle.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/06/24/yahoo-tries-to-hook-search-users-via-java-updates/
I updated the list for Oracle Java... and Yahoo.
The reason I do not see anything offered is because I had previously checked the  "Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating." box in the Java Control panel... see updated list.
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2015, 06:43:23 pm »
Thank you Wingman! great job ;)


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