Adobe is bundling Shockwave Player with Norton's security software

By Shawn Knight
Jan 25, 2012
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  1. It's recently come to our attention that the installer for Adobe Shockwave Player is coming bundled with an optional installation of Norton Security Scan. The bundle was pointed out by…

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  2. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Looks like ill be cleaning this off my gran pas computer in the near future
  3. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    We still using shockwave? I thought they retired that...

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +102

    Better norton than mcafee :)
  5. motrin

    motrin TS Enthusiast Posts: 159   +12

    "pretty difficult to remove"

    yea! I had to boot my friends pc in safe mode to remove norton, and installed Avast
  6. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,101   +95

    I wish they would knock this $#!* off. Both Norton and Mcafee are crap.
  7. Well in my experience with third party software, and check boxes is that they never work, every time i have to go and uninstall that **** manually, no mater check box was checked or unchecked. Ask is really annoying.
  8. i like norton, it has just gotten too bulky. ofcourse, the bundling is for the intension of your grandma purchasing it after a few weeks. mine did but it was too late to say no, she already paid the $60 on the old pentium dell xp.
  9. We've had a few users that installed Norton which then slows things down when it conflicts with our standard anti-malware program. I have been able to uninstall it without any problems though.
  10. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 811   +93

    Down your free copy of Norton Is-a-virus 2012
  11. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    I thought I had uninstalled the Shockwave player, it was still in add/remove programs but of course the uninstaller did not work.
    But just like Norton Adobe has written special uninstallers for their crap so the solution is right here:

    It's not like any websites use Shockwave anymore, Flash on the other hand :(
    On that note please give Oracle the free advertising they deserve for bundling toolbars with the Java Runtime!
  12. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 669   +72

    As well as Microsoft with the bing toolbar that gets on my nerves. And Google with the Chrome browser that also annoys me.
  13. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,293   +55

    Altho I like firefox, one check box I hate checked is the "make firefox your default browser" when installing it. So many xp users have screwed up their windows update, etc. due to this. I even informed mozilla of this, but no change. It is often difficult to get ie back; different in every version of windows.
  14. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Setting it to be your default browser will not affect anything; Windows Update works through IE like you said, however, doing so does not remove IE from your system.
  15. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 702   +165

    Norton isn't my personal choice as an anti-virus, but I see no reason why the average user, who probably doesn't know how to run a firewall or av, would mind getting a nice little scanner from a reputable brand like Norton for free.

    Doesn't seem like a big deal to me.

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