A disturbing trend among popular freeware applications seems to be the inclusion of browser toolbar and/or other garbage options as part of the installation wizard. One rather lengthy message post has an updated list of offending programs which they have titled the “Installers Hall of Shame“.
As a developer I can certainly appreciate the hard work it takes to make a quality product and I believe they should be compensated for their work. However, if an author wants more than notoriety for their product, I believe they should charge for it as opposed to foisting a product/toolbar I doubt many of the author’s would use themselves.
While I always remove the option for included garbageware, it makes me wonder how many people have the Ask Toolbar on their system as a result of one of these installers.
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