Adobe is bundling Shockwave Player with Norton's security software

Shawn Knight

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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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motrin

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"pretty difficult to remove"

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

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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 

Per Hansson

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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: http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/

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!
 

Chazz

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

tonylukac

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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.
 

mopar man

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tonylukac said:
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.
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.
 

veLa

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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.