I agree 100%. Very sad.
If a site or app lets us know up front that they intend to bundle something with the intended download...and provide the opportunity to refuse it, then I don't have much heartburn in such an instance.
Their way of letting you know up front is to include the option as pre-checked software for which you then have the opportunity to uncheck but many people do not practice patience/safe downloading when they do download anything and the result is heartache.
The publishers go out of their way to ensure that you download what is bundled along side the software that is to be downloaded by tricking you into thinking that if you uncheck just one box that other things will not be installed.
I snipped the image below from babyoh's link
above. Please notice how they are pushing the Babylon toolbar as being Recommended
. Many people don't realize that it is not needed
and the software that is to be downloaded won't be any better if they do uncheck this. I, for one, never knew this 4 years ago. I thought that if it was Recommended I had to have it!
Quoted from link:
The real problem here however is that the web installer is pushing the Babylon toolbar. Users who do not pay attention to the download process will install the Babylon Toolbar, make Babylon their default search engine and homepage of their browsers.
Here's the trick: If you uncheck the option to not accept the Babylon toolbar, which they say is Recommended
, the boxes for the Babylon search engine and homepage may be greyed out yet will still be changed. I found in one instance that if you uncheck the top box to not install the search engine, your search engine and homepage will still be changed even if the prechecked boxes for those 2 options are
greyed out. So, to make sure that these options do not effect your system you have to uncheck the boxes from the bottom to the top to ensure that nothing is changed/added because if you do uncheck the top box first and they are greyed out they become unclickable and the inevitable happens. Very sad.
But people fall for this trick everyday.
Sneaky little boogers aren't they!