Windows 10: Adobe Software Updates & Unwelcome Additions

  1.    31 Oct 2015 #1

    Adobe Software Updates & Unwelcome Additions

    "You have an update from Adobe, do you want to install it"

    Oh yes please

    Adobe is now installing .........................................

    Welcome to Web Companion from Lavasoft pop up ..................

    ERM No you are not welcome and goodbye .....................................

    I dont care if its offering gold plated tea services to eat my software off, it was sneaked in and is not welcome.


    It then tells me there is an uninstallion error! But iobit uninstaller came to the rescue and told me where the hidden files were stashed, bye bye ...............................
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  2.    31 Oct 2015 #2

    You did not ask a question, right?

    I don't know, with which Adobe program you got that junk, but I have not yet seen something like that: With Java, yes. With RealPlayer, sure. Also the Flash Player installer can come with junk, which can be deselected. But I have not yet seen adware or so coming with Adobe Reader or with Adobe's pay software like Photoshop or CS.
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  3.    01 Nov 2015 #3

    just a normal adobe update for reader - I have PS elements but never had a problem with that. Also never had problem with flash.
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       01 Nov 2015 #4

    Yeah, you have to be really careful nowadays, with Adobe it's been that way for a while. When you go to d/l the update for Flash, if you aren't careful, you can end up with either McAfee or something else. They hide the PUP installation it at the bottom or in the corner & it's checked to be included.

    Anytime I need to update Flash, I go to this page, down at the bottom you can d/l the latest version by r clicking on the version you need & "save link as." No having to navigate through Adobes site & risk installing something.

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    Last edited by Borg 386; 01 Nov 2015 at 09:39.
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  5.    01 Nov 2015 #5

    There are plenty of readers out there My personal favorite is pdf exchange, though I've also used Foxit. These are free, do not have all the crap that Adobe typically comes with, and have lots of very useful extras.
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  6.    01 Nov 2015 #6

    To the OP, from where did you download Adobe product from? Is it reader? Unless you get the software from the Adobe web site you're at risk because other links can be to sites that install the Adobe product, plus the little "gifts" that come along with it.
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  7.    01 Nov 2015 #7

    PJ: from adobe site, it was their updater.
    Borg: Great link, my thanks. Bookmarked.
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  8. Borg 386's Avatar
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       05 Nov 2015 #8

    I just got a update notice from Adobe. Funny, I had their update service turned off. Well, only at the msconfig startup & services. How interesting, it's still running despite the fact I told it not to.

    So now we go to manage/services & find it's set to start automatically. Not anymore.

    Note to Adobe: When I turn off your updater, don't think I like it being restarted on every update I choose to install. I also don't like having to go to the settings after every freaking update & having to uncheck your product from the startup list. And, anytime you push "bonus software" on someone without asking or giving them an option to opt out, that's shady practice & constitutes malware.
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