Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 15:45 UTC
Internet & Networking It might be common, but that doesn't mean I'm not allowed to wail against it - especially since I was not familiar with this particular case. As it turns out, several of Adobe products' download pages have opt-out checkboxes to also install Google Chrome. This was spyware-like behaviour when Apple did it with Safari and the iPhone Configuration Utility, and it is still spyware-like behaviour when Adobe and Google do it with Chrome.
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What I did
by izomiac on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 19:51 UTC
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That sort of behavior irritates me to no end, hence why I check NoNags for Windows software first (freeware only, no 'lite', 'trial', bundles, adware, etc.). For Flash, I installed it using Symantec Workspace Virtualization (very useful program BTW), copied NPSWF64_11_0_1.dll (x64) out of the C:\Windows\Macromedia (IIRC) directory, and into my Firefox profile's plugin directory, then deleted the Flash layer from SWV. It works great and behaves like a plugin should. If Adobe didn't want to bundle stuff, then they'd likely allow Firefox to download the Flash plugin to that directory automatically.

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