June 16, 2014
The latest Flash upgrade automagically installs Google Chrome and the Google Toolbar. There wasn't any place to opt out of it that I noticed.
That really stinks.
And uninstalling each of them opened a web page at Google asking all kinds of questions about me and how long I'd been using them and why I was disabling them.
That stinks, too. Grumble.
Posted by: Siergen at June 16, 2014 01:37 PM (8/vFI)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2014 01:41 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Siergen at June 16, 2014 03:43 PM (8/vFI)
CLICK HERE to INSTALL FLASH
(disclaimer: clicking there authorizes all the google crap. It also gives google naming rights to your firstborn son, and a nine percent share of your immortal soul.)
(or click here to install without all the google crap. But seriously, they own half your soul by now, anyway, why fight it?)
Posted by: Mikeski at June 16, 2014 03:45 PM (Zlc1W)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at June 16, 2014 05:54 PM (zJsIy)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2014 07:20 PM (+rSRq)
Since then, my rule of thumb has been "if the installer doesn't ask me to install unwanted extra crap, exit the installer and start over because you missed it."
Posted by: Ben at June 17, 2014 05:11 AM (S4UJw)
Given how often Java has critical security bugs, and that they pull this stunt every single time, I'm surprised it hadn't happened to me before.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 17, 2014 07:03 AM (PiXy!)
Even better, for existing Chrome users Google just automatically disabled any third party Chrome extensions that are not offered through the Google Store, and won't let you re-enable them.
Because Google knows what's best for us idiots, apparently.
Posted by: wahsatchmo at June 17, 2014 08:05 AM (r4uXE)
Posted by: CatCube at June 17, 2014 10:02 AM (pem+N)
Does anybody else remember when Google used the motto "Don't be evil?"Not exactly, but let me Google it...
Posted by: Siergen at June 17, 2014 12:49 PM (8/vFI)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
At Chizumatic, we take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately.
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