07 September 2012

The state of Internet Explorer after installing the top 20 downloads from Download.com

Does this sound familiar? You get a call from your parents. There's some problem with their computer. The printer isn't working, the computer won't connect to the wireless network or something like that. You go there and fix the problem, but while troubleshooting you also notice that there are some new toolbars in their web browser. When you ask them about the toolbars they usually say they have no idea how the toolbars got there.

These toolbars are typically bundled with other software and if you don't pay attention during the installation process, you might end up installing not only the program that you actually want, but also some toolbars or other software that you did not want at all. Why? The majority of the bundled software is opt-out - you have to explicitly say NO to the bundled software by unchecking some checkbox during the installation.

So, today I decided to start with a fresh installation of Windows Vista, then download the top 20 most popular downloads from Download.com, install them without opting out of the bundled software. This is how your Internet Explorer will look like:

Screenshot of Internet Explorer after installing the top 20 most popular downloads from download.com

Updated 2012-09-08: Fixed publication date. The post was published 2012, not 2010.


LogiC writes

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The irony of the "toolbar cleaner" app.

# 7 Sep 2012, 1:17

jack watkins writes

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ow. just ow.

# 7 Sep 2012, 6:59

Maxobiwan writes

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toolbars should be forbidden

# 7 Sep 2012, 8:22


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Toolbars suck and slow things down!!!!!!

# 7 Sep 2012, 16:16

Volf writes

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+George+ writes

5 thumbs


# 8 Sep 2012, 4:29

webname writes

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Tim writes

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"You get a call from your parents."

Parents? I find I am repairing kids computers just as much from as little to 6 into teens and college. Less savvy click too quickly and get these toolbars and younger kids do that PLUS tend to use torrent sites, etc making theirs typically worse. Recent college kids computer I just cleaned up had 4.7 gigs of junk files alone, 4 toolbars and then there was the malware....

# 9 Sep 2012, 8:36

Alec Wantoch writes

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I think I threw up a little.

# 11 Sep 2012, 18:12

frnck writes

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Nice. You'll have to acquire the knoledge of an Airbus pilot to navigate on the Internet, after this...

# 26 Apr 2013, 6:00

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