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Title: Adobe Scam Artists
Post by: ENAY on July 10, 2017, 02:17:13 AM
Sooo, heads up for everyone. Latest Flash does it's usual "update" via an installer. This time there was literally an "ok" button, and you click ok and a panel pops up showing that it is installing flash AND McAfee Anti virus malware crap. It's all or nothing.

So just a heads up, McAfee WILL install, and there is nothing you can do about it except uninstall as soon as it finishes / find a better installer.
Title: Re: Adobe Scam Artists
Post by: Qube on July 10, 2017, 04:04:47 AM
As soon as the OSX side of this installs any crap without asking then Flash is off my system for good. If this is happening then it's the final death knell of Flash pushing itself via paid sponsorship. I know on Windows that McAfee was an additional option for years and if it's now forced then that is a very self harming bad practice.
Title: Re: Adobe Scam Artists
Post by: MikeHart on July 10, 2017, 07:00:04 AM
Bad move. But hey, you can't blame them for trying.
Title: Re: Adobe Scam Artists
Post by: muruba on July 10, 2017, 12:21:55 PM
I remember Java installer was doing something similar... installing some toolbar
Title: Re: Adobe Scam Artists
Post by: Rooster on July 10, 2017, 09:08:27 PM
Yet another piece of software I'll be avoiding.
I don't think they support Linux anymore though, so not really a problem for me. ;D
Title: Re: Adobe Scam Artists
Post by: Kryzon on July 11, 2017, 08:35:34 AM
Thanks for the warning.
Luckily I had uninstalled Flash a few days ago already, almost had no use for it besides watching the live demos in the occasional old programming tutorials or something. A lot of web games use(d) it, as well.

What made me delete it at last was that update popup. It's so annoying. The message is always "security fixes and performance improvements", for every single update.

Well, why don't you just write a performant and secure software at once and then avoid all those updates? Maybe the team responsible for it needs a reason to stay employed, so they change some variable names and say "okay, let's call this a new version".
If there's so many open holes in your software that you need to have several updates for it, maybe you should rewrite it from the start and take a different approach?
Title: Re: Adobe Scam Artists
Post by: Rick Nasher on July 11, 2017, 10:32:14 PM
Thanks for the warning. I used to do TechSupport for Adobe for 2 years(if there is such a thing) so I avoid Adobe SW like the plague ;D , but GF still uses it so that's something to keep an eye on.


Flash is a well known security hazard, that's one of the reasons why it's being fazed out, besides it being redundant due to HTML5 and other stuff. Perhaps Adobe came to the same conclusion and don't trust it being part of their products, hence the adding of McAfee, hehehe
I'm happy it's not Kasparski though...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-11/kaspersky-lab-has-been-working-with-russian-intelligence (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-11/kaspersky-lab-has-been-working-with-russian-intelligence)
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