Even open software is filled with spyware. That's why it's free. If you don't believe me, disable your internet connection, open GIMP (free image processing software) and open any image. I guarantee that opening will take 5 seconds. Even if you try opening a very small image. Saving will also take 5 seconds. Actually, not saving itself, but the period between naming the file and displaying the file options dialog will take 5 seconds. Every time.
-To be perfectly blunt, GIMP isn't worth a pimple on the a** of Photoshop Elements. The only time I ever tried it, I needed "adjustment layers". When I discovered it didn't have them, I muttered to myself, "WTF am I supposed to do with this crap". (PSE is basically, Photoshop without channels). As I was trained on Photoshop, the switch to PSE was fairly seamless
PSE is currently the only freestanding program Adobe sells, all the rest are subscription only. Oddly enough, it's also the only program Adobe provides ported to Linux. It's available by download only, directly from Adobe's website, and usually at full pop, $100.00.
I detest paying for software, but every few years I spring for the next to latest version of PSE. (I'ts about $50.00 to $60.00 at the changeover).
More to the point, Adobe has jumped on the "you need at least Windows 10 to install it", bandwagon. Which, in my case is really annoying, to say the least, as I have a copy of PSE 15, which is fully compatible with Windows 7. In a phone discussion with an Adobe rep, I was told bluntly, ".you can't activate the program, unless it's installed on Windows 10".
Adobe is generally in lockstep with M$ with respect to, "X version only goes with X version of .Windows". However, this development is so blatantly obvious, I find it hard to comprehend that anybody would be naive enough not to believe these corporations are herding us around by our noses, after having have some sh!thouse meetings discussing how they can wring the maximum profits, and inflict the maximum inconvenience, on their patrons.
The whole game is rigged, backstage, with all the major players involved and in Collusion, period. Boyz and Gurlz, that's a stone cold fact, not some wild conspiracy theory..