I have seen a number of users complain about how they were saddled with a toolbar during the installation of Vuze. I put up this guide to help users avoid this aggravation. This guide is based on Vuze version 188.8.131.52.
Vuze is one of the suggested clients in my Best Free Bittorrent Client Review. here at Gizmo's Freeware.
If you do not have Vuze, you can get it from the
I will also point ot that the Plus version of Vuze adds nothing to the bittorrent process. The plus version does add some functions, but it is better to use freeware here at TSA for those functions. That being said, donating to the Vuze project is a good idea it you like the product.
Before starting the installer, you should check to see that you have the latest version of Java installed as Vuze uses Java.
Double-click on the installer to start the installation process.
This is the first screen that you will see. I suggest that you choose to Customize your installation, so tick that box in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Then press I Agree.
You will then see the Configure Installation Options screen. This allows you to choose the installation directory (I suggest leaving at default). The desktop shortcut and Quick Launch options are to your preference. The Associate torrents with Vuze option should be enabled.
There is also a choice as to the Mode of Vuze you wish to use.
The Sidebar, or Vuze display, is your choice if you are going to stream to devices or use the meta search within Vuze.
If you are not going to stream to devices, then I suggest you choose the Tabbed, or classic, option. This is a cleaner look and it is better to search directly at the sites listed at Best Free Torrent Search Sites
You will then see the toolbar offering. The toolbar is not necessary for the proper running of Vuze. I suggest that you Decline the toolbar installation.
As you can see, the installation changes your homepage and primary search engine and adds several extensions to your browsers.
Vuze is using the Spigot toolbar and their site gets a Poor (red) rating from Web of Trust (WOT).
The toolbar does provide income to the Vuze developers and some users may wish to install for that reason. If you do and then decide that you want to uninstall, then see the Vuze wiki for uninstallation instructions: Toolbar
UPDATE: As of 5.3, there is a new offer screen (same malicious toolbar), which is more deceptive than the previous. Be sure to tick the button for Custom Install and then untick all 3 of the search and toolbar options.
You will then see some software offers. These are not necessary to run Vuze properly and I suggest that you decline. You may see more than one offer.
If you accept an offer, it does provide income to the developers of Vuze.
Disable the install option and press Continue
You will then see a screen to choose your User Proficiency in Vuze. Even if you are not that knowledgeable in bittorrent I suggest that you set this to Advanced as this will allow you to see all of the options in Vuze. This will help while using the Optimize Vuze For Speed guide here at TSA.
Your Vuze should now be installed. Hopefully this guide helped you to understand that the toolbars and software offers included in the installation are not necessary to the proper runing of Vuze and allowed you to have a clean installation.
If you have any questions, then you may post here or in our fora.