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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2015, 07:17:39 pm »
Thanks and you're welcomed. :)

Not sure how to update ImgBurn... I got vastly different 3rd party offers than Aura posted.
I downloaded the installer and it had included eShield Browser Security, with no option to opt-out.
Then when choosing Express or Customize install... under Customize, there are 4 pre-checked, 3rd party software offers that can be unchecked.  I unchecked and pressed the Decline button and the installation proceeded anyway, installing both ImgBurn and eShield Browser Security.

I could not fully "uninstall" eShield using Control Panel.  I ran MBAM and it found 114 PUA/PUP entries for eShield and TidyNetwork.
Once quarantined, eShield no longer appeared in the uninstall list.


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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2015, 12:35:26 am »
Just installed ImgBurn 2.5.8.0 along with the mandatory OpenCandy. No other 3rd-party options were either bundled, offered or needed to be refused/unchecked.

Malwarebytes found only an OpenCandy TMP file.

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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2015, 09:17:46 am »
Any chance you guys have the has of the installers you used?
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2015, 05:38:46 pm »
Just tried 3 different downloads, from ImgBurn, MajorGeeks and Filehippo... all had the same install options as {b}GDN's[/b] post.
Can't recall where I download the version I experienced but I will update the "List" with OpenCandy bundle with it.

If anyone runs into something different, the List can always be updated to include it.

EDIT: Updated list...
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2015, 05:39:58 pm »
I can tell you for sure BurnAware's 'free' version has 'Open Candy' now not asktool bar...but
on the same download page Val offers a free version with nothing!
http://www.burnaware.com/download.html


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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2015, 06:00:34 pm »
Thanks   ;) ... I've updated BurnAware.
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2015, 04:57:57 pm »
Advanced SystemCare is listed twice in the list.
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Advanced SystemCare formerly known as Iobit advanced one care - Yahoo Toolbar (selecting no will still do changes on the system)
IObit Advanced SystemCare - Yahoo Toolbar.
The first one could be deleted I guess since IObit products in the list have IObit in their name (like Smart Defrag and Security 360).
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2015, 05:05:08 pm »
Thanks guys for updating the list, great teamwork!

Thanks again,

Daniel  ;D
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2015, 03:28:09 pm »
Advanced SystemCare is listed twice in the list.
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Advanced SystemCare formerly known as Iobit advanced one care - Yahoo Toolbar (selecting no will still do changes on the system)
IObit Advanced SystemCare - Yahoo Toolbar.
The first one could be deleted I guess since IObit products in the list have IObit in their name (like Smart Defrag and Security 360).
Good catch Aura!  First entry has been removed. ;)
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2015, 05:43:59 pm »
About the "Apple’s Software Updater - Safari Browser, QuickTime, iTunes", are you sure it still bundles Safari? It has been discontinued under Windows, so I doubt that they bundle it anymore.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_(web_browser)
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2015, 04:13:28 pm »
I'm not convinced Apple Software Updater is bundling other software... but more that Apple Software Updater is bundled with other Apple products.  Installing most any Apple product, will include the Software Updater.  If you Google "download Apple Software Updater for Windows"... you'll get links to install iTunes or some other Apple product.

Can anyone show the Apple Software Update installer in action, bundling other software?  I'm more than willing to update the list if there is bundled software with the Apple Software Updater ... but to me it appears to be the bundled, not the bundler.

Should the Apple Software Updater, even be on the list? Opinions?
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2015, 04:42:43 pm »
To be honest I think it's both. The Apple Software Updater is bundled with every Apple products, since it's their main updater program. However, it can also bundle other programs, but only from Apple. I have iTunes at home, and when I try to update it using the Apple Software Updater, it proposes me other programs like QuickTime and iCloud Desktop. I can verify tonight once I get home by updating iTunes and let you know.

Edit: Also, PC Tools have been discontinued, should they be removed from the list?

hxxp://www.pctools.com/
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2015, 03:00:06 pm »
Yes, I have iTunes and when the Updater is run it suggests (to me) Quicktime and iCloud as well.  If selecting either of these for "update" would cause the product to be downloaded and installed, then I would say that is bundling,  because some users may not know what (Apple products) they have and choose to select update, there by installing possibly unwanted software.

Quote from: PCTools support
Support for PC Tools Utilities Portfolio will end as follows:
• End of technical support (bug-fix and patch) = December 4, 2014
• End of customer support = December 4, 2015
This includes all phone, email, and knowledge-base support.
As there is no longer any type of support for PCTools and no way to download the software, I will remove it from the list.  Thanks.
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2015, 04:44:17 pm »
Having a bit of a downtime at work so I installed a few programs to see if the list is still up to date.

AnVir Task Manager Free now bundles Reg Organizer.


Applian FLV Player now bundles WeatherBug, Stormfall Age of War and Norton Antivirus 2014 but they are unchecked by default and you also have the option to skip them all.




Auslogics Disk Defrag now bundles Auslogics BoostSpeed and Ad-Aware Web Companion.



Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, Registry Cleaner and Registry Defrag offers the same things. Auslogics Registry Cleaner isn't on the list (only Defrag is) so it's to be added.

Auslogics File Recovery doesn't offer anything.


Auslogics System Information doesn't exist anymore, to be removed from the list.

I will test the remaining Auslogics products (which are trials) to see if they bundle anything, this way we'll have all of them in the list.
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Re: Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)
« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2015, 04:59:04 pm »
Auslogics BoostSpeed8, Driver Updater, Anti-Malware 2015, Disk Defrag Pro and BitReplica (all free trials) do not bundle anything so we don't have to add them to the list.

4shared Desktop doesn't bundle anything anymore.

Aero Fox addon for Firefox doesn't seems to exist anymore, unless you have the official website so I can try it.
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