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Old 23. Jun 2013, 01:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ghostery does block an amazing amount of things.
Download buttons that lead to what you want to download are getting harder and harder to see with all the large buttons that lead to other downloads..........it's frustrating, and, in my opinion, misleading.

I've started searching for any programs I want to download on Softpedia, FileHippo, Major Geeks and the like to make sure I get the link to the program. Softpedia has a few large buttons to download other things but they're pretty clear about it. Often times the developers site will lead to a download site like CNET so I head somewhere else to get the program. I really, truly, definitely don't need the CNET installer...

The other thing I check is the name of the file when it starts to download, I've cancelled a few downloads when the file name was something other than what I wanted to download.
It is quite a powerful add on. I installed it about a year ago after hearing about it on Radio 4 as a tracking blocker and it just sits in my toolbar popping up occasionally to tell me that such-and-such is trying to track me but has been blocked. I had no idea that it was also blocking ads until it came up in this thread, and it was also quite recently that I discovered that it was stopping the search function from working in the main Gizmo's site.

I share your frustration with this whole trend for bundling freeware although to be fair CNet at least now offer a direct download link for a lot of software, albeit a very small one compared to the big green button. And as you say it's generally not difficult to tell from the filename what you're probably getting.

I do sometimes run the bundled installer anyway, then keep the file I want and wipe/restore my C drive! Bit of a pain especially when it turns out the program is something I didn't want anyway... I also wonder if the bundling of software might be detrimental for the developers concerned. E.g. a while ago I downloaded something from Cnet and it included some browser tab add-on that I remember thinking of "Oh that might actually be quite useful!" But with it being bundled I just lost it in the wipe/restore process and now of course can't even remember what it was called.

I have mixed feelings really... I mean we do get an awful lot of excellent software completely free, and these people do have to pay the rent somehow. As an aside, I just this morning found a program that apparently scans EULAs for key words and terms, I'll give it a spin and post elsewhere if it seems any good.
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Old 23. Jun 2013, 07:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It is quite a powerful add on. I installed it about a year ago after hearing about it on Radio 4 as a tracking blocker and it just sits in my toolbar popping up occasionally to tell me that such-and-such is trying to track me but has been blocked. I had no idea that it was also blocking ads until it came up in this thread, and it was also quite recently that I discovered that it was stopping the search function from working in the main Gizmo's site.
I eventually uninstalled on Firefox (browser I use most) it because it was blocking things on sites I needed to use or see.

[QUOTE=I have mixed feelings really... I mean we do get an awful lot of excellent software completely free, and these people do have to pay the rent somehow. As an aside, I just this morning found a program that apparently scans EULAs for key words and terms, I'll give it a spin and post elsewhere if it seems any good.[/QUOTE]

I think Vic wrote an article about a program that scans EULA's. Most of the time I read them, it's interesting to see how they've changed over time.

I agree people need to pay the bills, and freeware authors in particular should get something for what they do. Keeping freeware under development (especially popular programs) can turn into a full time job. That's why I don't use ad blockers, so a site can get revenue from the ads. I'll click on an ad if it interests me.
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