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Old 10. Feb 2009, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sun, 02/01/2009 - 15:05 — dzadzoo

I've been using Google Chrome for a couple of weeks now and it really is a nice looking piece of work. Kind of a joy to use.. It has a lot really nice stuff. But, I'm beginning to wonder whether it's not some kind of info gathering spy ware.

I'm on XP Media Center SP2. I hope I'm not being a bit cynical here but I'm beginning to wonder if Chrome has got a lot of stuff going on in the background. I see the modem going when I'm not doing anything. Could be update checks and the like. I've got quite a few anti scum-ware progs active. So who's to really say.

The download was rather big, I thought. Close to 10m. It seemed bigger that Firefox (ver 2 - under 6M) and Opera (ver 9.21 - under 5M) And - have they ever gone to lengths to hide it on my computer. I check the path for the .exe and I have yet to be able to get my machine to show the files and sub-folders for the Chrome program. I would like to check the size of things and the activity where ever possible. So I would appreciate suggestions here.

The path for the .exe is - "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.YOUR-DC98270493\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" And do you think I can get my machine to show this folder and subdirectories and files. Not yet. Yes, I have the hidden files switched on in the folder options and, I could have missed something.

I wonder how other people are doing with this Browser. My view at this point is that it is nice looking, does a few neat things but it is not as good as Opera or Firefox, and in terms of security, it may even be worse than IE.

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#1 Submitted by Bob on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 19:09.
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You could use Unchrome to disable Chrome’s tracking functions:
http://www.abelssoft.net/unchrome.php

Or try a Chrome clone like Iron (excellent!):
http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php

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#2 Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 23:25.
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Thanks bro

Beats the hell out of me how they can hide the files on the comp the way they do. I can see the files through the command prompt. That kinda stuff is scary. I can see the programs through the un-install function page and these things are huge. I also got Picasa3 which is also huge.

I'm wondering if all their stuff is sending info back to their servers.

I'm almost afraid to try and remove the stuff. God knows what'll happen.
I'm thinking 'Big Brother' here.

I did download the UnChrome and we'll see how that effects things.

I don't like anything going on in the background I don't know about - and - can't control. - dz
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Old 26. Mar 2009, 01:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default An update . . . .

An update . . .

I switched over to Iron and it looks like the exact same program. But it doesn't have all the chatter going on in the background. And, , , you can see where the files are located on the computer.

I really like it for browsing new sites. I believe it has its own sandbox built in. Correct me if I'm wrong folks.

Why the chatter in the background might interest me is that, as I recall, I am not sure every bit of software on my comp is registered. I think it is but my memory is not what it used to be.

And I'm sure there are large software corporations out there who are interested in who has what and how on there computers.

Anyway food for though folks - dz
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Old 26. Mar 2009, 02:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You are right about Google Chrome. I had also installed Chrome on my PC to try it out... and I too didn't like all the background chatter, as you call it, going on ... on my PC.
Recently, I checked out the SRWare Iron site, and on its home page, it lists all the communication going on with Chrome and Google. And that was really a lot.

Even if its harmless data that is being sent out to google, but I still don't like the idea of data going out of my PC without my consent.
The updater was also an annoying aspect.
I had uninstalled Chrome quite quickly, seeing all this.

Maybe I will give SRWare Iron a try later sometime. If it has got all features of Chrome, minus the data sending, updater, then I will surely prefer it over Chrome.
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Old 26. Mar 2009, 04:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You're perfectly right. Google Chrome calls home constantly. However - a new add-on came out the other day, - an ad-blocker: http://www.mark8t.com/2009/03/20/cre...ck-for-chrome/

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You are right about Google Chrome. I had also installed Chrome on my PC to try it out... and I too didn't like all the background chatter, as you call it, going on ... on my PC.
Recently, I checked out the SRWare Iron site, and on its home page, it lists all the communication going on with Chrome and Google. And that was really a lot.

Even if its harmless data that is being sent out to google, but I still don't like the idea of data going out of my PC without my consent.
The updater was also an annoying aspect.
I had uninstalled Chrome quite quickly, seeing all this.

Maybe I will give SRWare Iron a try later sometime. If it has got all features of Chrome, minus the data sending, updater, then I will surely prefer it over Chrome.
You wouldn't happen to have a link for this? I'd like to read about the communication going on with Chrome and Google. Don't like this at all. It's like some people are saying: user loyalties are vacant. We need new players on the marked. Google is loosing the grip.
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Of course, I have the link. Here it is:
http://www.srware.net/en/software_sr...me_vs_iron.php

The various communication between Google and Chrome are listed on the page, and really, that's quite a lot.

SRWare Iron is the same as Chrome, but minus all these communications, or the annoying updater. But well, suffers from the same minus points. There are no extensions. I am quite a downloader, and a download extension is a must. The in-built downloader can't resume the downloads.
If you open several tabs, then it becomes very difficult to recognize which tab is which. That thing does not happen in Firefox.
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How very distasteful. Google is turning into a regular bandit. They want to know everything you do, they want to decide what adds you watch, they don't want to pay tax and they want to own everything you write via Chrome. Ig they had their way. Ever wondered why Indian, Filipino and other sites form English speaking countries don't show up when you search? Google decides who gets to talk to whom. Keeping the English speaking world apart.

We need a new player on the marked...
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Don't know about if Google might be doing all that .
Even if all that information being sent to Google isn't that dangerous, but still, information is going out of the computer, and that too without user's consent, I don't find that right.

There might be other contenders out there, but Google is so popular, maximum people use Google. Anyways, Google has produced breakthrough technologies, right from their search engine... to the latest Chrome, which is fast, and has some good features. I appreciate them for all that.
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About Google and the copyright story - The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09...me_eula_sucks/
About Google and the tax story - The Times: http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/...cle4753389.ece
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The in-built downloader can't resume the downloads.
FDM now monitors Google Chrome as well as Firefox. Won't this also see Iron?
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