Should we ban software that forces you to install add-ons?
Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:54 PM
We've already started to add a few freeware titles to our new Bad freeware and unorthodox add-ons forum, a few of them being surprisingly well known and popular titles too!.
Question is, as a responsible and safety conscious website as FreewareBB is, do you agree that we should withdraw our support from software which forces you to install an add-on on your computer or should we leave the decision to you, the end-user. We're not talking about software which gives you the choice to opt-out, we're talking primarily about software which will install add-ons WITHOUT the option of an opt-out who may justify this based on the fact they include details of the included add-on in their 'terms' or 'license agreement'.
As always, please cast your vote and share your opinions with everyone below
Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:11 PM
'Silently' installing software (regardless of how 'harmless' it is meant to be) goes against the grain, IMHO.
When releasing my software I was approached by various companies trying to get me to include add-ons.
But their disingenuous attitude convinced me that it was not an honest thing to do.
Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:40 AM
LOL. Believe it or not, I see many computers where this has actually happened already; sometimes 7 or 8 toolbars have been installed. And the scary part is, the vast majority of users have no idea what they are for or where they came from!!
And that is, of course, exactly what the distributors are hoping will happen!
Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:24 AM
Keep the votes and comments coming, there are more reading this and forming an opinion than even we probably realise
Posted 18 May 2011 - 03:27 PM
Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:28 AM
However you could be discretionary and allow some only in very special circumstances (no other alternatives?)
Or you can say no under all circumstances - there is always other sites where we can download if we really want to-
Possibly the last approach would be appreciated by most of your long time members as it would maintain your integrity,
something missing from most other sites nowadays.
I've seen some browsers (IE) with less than a third of space beneath the toolbars - another reason for using chrome!
Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:18 AM
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