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There is no extra software bundled with flash, just something on the default download page I never go to.

Personally, I get my flash updates manually from Adobe Labs' archives, mostly because those are the full install files and not the lame downloader.

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html

I also do this to Adobe's update service:
2092503

I have had no issues with the newest version of Flash. It's actually noticeably more stable than the previous RCs.
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That's almost as ignorant as the average user that's going to click install.

personally i dont have a lot of sympathy for the avg user. If ur ignorant enough in this day and age to click on things you have no clue about its really ur own fault. I dont know cars so I dont try to fix things on them im not sure about. if i mess something up a mechanic has no sympathy for me. and he shouldnt. im a repair tech. yeah it may suck and i do have a soft heart and do sometimes actually do feel bad but still. its usually ignorance. + i earn my living from the "avg" user. Im happy to educate my clients if they do run into issues like these.

but adobe makes money from advertising so i honestly see no issue though it may be annoying.

and im leaving it at that. not trying to start an argument i just have strong thoughts about this.
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Really shady TBH not to mention no one asked for it to be installed on their PC. I got the update popup yesterday I think, didn't update...after seeing this, I'm glad I didn't. Flash player is one of those things you never have to think in the back of your mind that they're going to install additional software to pop up advertisements...I guess no software is neutral ground now days, everyone wants a piece of the advertising pie. Not to mention alot of people trust Adobe and once they see this pop up, they'll almost feel obligated to pay for the system "optimization"
    
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The update doesn't include anything(besides the update), the article is just having a fit over some advertisement on the adobe download page.

It's not something you are forced to click, download, or install.
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I'm going to get tired of explaining this one really quick.
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The update doesn't include anything(besides the update), the article is just having a fit over some advertisement on the adobe download page.
It's not something you are forced to click, download, or install.

Seems like it to me too. Its just giving people te option to download, it doesnt automatically install onto your computer without consent. Same with the Mcafee/ norton trials that come with almost everything.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

The update doesn't include anything(besides the update), the article is just having a fit over some advertisement on the adobe download page.
It's not something you are forced to click, download, or install.

Seems like it to me too. Its just giving people te option to download, it doesnt automatically install onto your computer without consent. Same with the Mcafee/ norton trials that come with almost everything.

It is not even included/listed in the installer like most are though. It is simply on the download page where you get flash at. It doesn't install anything at all and never even gives you an option to check or uncheck anything, as there isn't anything extra in the installer. This is just sensationalist writing by the author.
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Ah, I just skimmed over the article real quick, so its just an advertisement rather than installing and running. Makes sense, its not as bad as I thought then. Scareware, more like scare article!
    
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Just installed the update.... no Intrusive software... at all

what you talking bout op?

I agree, scare article rolleyes.gif
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I just went to the page, then to the adobe download page. The only thing there for me was the option to download Mcafee like there always is, with pretty much ANY site like this.

So I can't even get this to happen to me when I try. And as someone above said and explained quite well, if your car is making funny noises and you have no idea about car repair, you don't pop the hood and start messing with stuff. So if you know nothing about computers and its slow enough you are thinking about one of these programs, you should do as you would if your car was messed up, take it to a shop.

You mess it up of your own free will out of sheer ignorance? No pity for you in any way. People are supposed to learn from their stupid mistakes, not complain and complain until someone else makes it so they don't have to use common sense anymore.

Now if this were something completely hidden and forced and there was literally no easy way to stop it (unchecking a box that's checked by default falls under the "stupidly simple" category), then I'd say this was wrong. But right now all I see is stupid people thinking its others jobs to protect them from themselves.

Some people simply think everything in life will be done for them, or they will be protected against even the most minor inconvenience. Such sheltered lives some people must live heh.

Edit> I guess the people getting folled by this also think the shacking banner ad has a message for them, or they are the kind of people that always do stuff like "press the fart button".

Stupid is as stupid does.
Edited by Fuell - 4/2/12 at 5:28am
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