Installers Hall of Shame

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(all list's updates after 9/18/09 provided by our members)

[last updated: 2/18/2010]

Below is the current list of dodgy installers:

* Adobe Flash Player - McAfee Security Scan, or Google toolbar

* Adobe Reader - eBay Desktop

* Adobe Shockwave Player - Norton PC Checkup

* AnVir Task Manager - Registry Cleaner Pro

* AOL Instant Messenger - AOL Toolbar

* Apple's Software Updater - Safari Browser, QuickTime, iTunes

* Applian FLV Player - Yahoo Toolbar

* Auslogics Registry Defrag - Ask Toolbar

* AVG 8 - AVG Security Toolbar (Yahoo Search bar)

* BitComet - Google Toolbar

* BitDefender Anti-Phishing Free Edition - Ask.com search engine. No opt-in. No opt-out.

* BitTorrent 6.1.2 - Ask Toolbar

* CCleaner (standard installer) - Yahoo Toolbar <<<Offers Slim version, without toolbar (http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds)

* ClamWin - Ask.com

* Comodo Firewall Pro - Ask Toolbar (This toolbar is detected as spyware/adware by several vendors)

* Comodo Internet Security, Antivirus & Firewall - Ask Toolbar

* CPUZ - Ask Toolbar

* Cyberlink PowerDVD 8 - Google Toolbar and BETA of Moovielive

* Daemon Tools - Search tool and sponsor ad module

* Defraggler - Yahoo Toolbar

* DivX - Yahoo Toolbar

* DVDVideoSoft Free Studio - ASK toolbar

* FormatFactory 2.10 (and higher) - Ebay shortcuts

* FormatFactory 2.15 (and higher) - Ask toolbar

* FoxIt Reader 3.0 - - installs FoxIt toolbar, makes Ask.com your default search, create desktop, quick launch, and start menu shortcut to eBay

* Free Download Manager - Software Informer bundle

* GameVance - Ask Toolbar/The Weather Channel Desktop

* Glary Utilities - Ask Toolbar

* GOM Player - Ask Toolbar

* GoogleTalk - no addon but will change default search setting of IE

* GoogleEarth - pre-checked Google Chrome; sets Google Updater as a startup

* Hotspot Shield - Hotspot Shield Community Toolbar from Conduit

* ICQ 6 - ICQ Toolbar

* Iobit Advanced One Care - Yahoo Toolbar (selecting no will still do changes on the system)

* IOBit Security 360 - IObit/Conduit toolbar

* IOBit Smart Defrag - Yahoo Toolbar/Search Settings

* IrfanView (Google Toolbar for IE and Google Desktop Search)

* IsoBuster - Ask.com Toolbar

* iTunes (QuickTime, AppleSoftwareUpdate, AppleMobileDeviceSupport64, Bonjour64, MobileMe64) <---- undisputed leader

* Java Runtime Environment (JRE) - installs Java Quick Starter, Microsoft Live Search Toolbar, OpenOffice installer pre-checked

* Logitech Setpoint (Logitech Yahoo! Toolbar)

* Maxathon 2 - Facebook Sidebar Plugin

* McAfee Site Advisor update - Yahoo! default browser search

* Miro 2.5 - Ask toolbar

* MP3 WMA Converter - Yahoo Search and Delio Comparsion Shopping Toolbar

* Nero 9 Lite Free - Ask Toolbar

* Nero Burning Rom - Ask Toolbar (This toolbar is detected as spyware/adware by several vendors)

* PC Tools Firewall Plus - Google Toolbar and Threatfire

* PDF X-Change PDF Viewer - Tracker/ASK Toolbar

* PrimoPdf - Paltalk

* RealPlayer - Google Chrome

* Recuva - optional Yahoo toolbar (checked by default) <<<offers Slim version without toolbar (http://www.recuva.com/download/builds)

* Shockwave Player - Norton Security Scan or Google Toolbar

* SIW (System Information for Windows) - Crawler 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

* Thoosje Sidebar - Amazon or eBay Toolbar

* Threatfire 4.7.0.9 - Google Toolbar

* Unlocker 1.8.7 - eBay shortcuts

* Veoh media player - Yahoo toolbar, search engine change & search protection

* VSO Image Resizer - Ask Toolbar

* WeatherBug - Ask Toolbar

* 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

* Wise Disk Cleaner - Ask Toolbar

* Wise Registry Cleaner - Ask Toolbar

* xp-AntiSpy - eBay shortcuts/toolbar

* 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)


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