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Windows 7: Adobe reader installs Chrome wheter you want it or not


05 Jan 2013   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Adobe reader installs Chrome wheter you want it or not

Hi everyone
If you install the latest adobe reader (XI) it installs Chrome whether you want it to or not -- there's no option to say install or don't install.

Note --I've nothing against the Chrome browser - but if I want to install it I should have the choice.

I'm surprised at adobe doing this -- Software should NOT install other packages not related to the product you are installing without at least giving you a choice.

Fortunately chrome can be uninstalled separately after installing the adobe reader. -- Here again there are other PDF readers such as foxit - but I need the adobe one for work compatibility.

Cheers

jimbo

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05 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

That's why I switched to Foxit Reader. It's nice and lite, very simple and very easy to use.

Best PDF Reader
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05 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Just tried it and the only thing it has extra is McAfee and it didn`t install Chrome.

@bassfisher Do you do any striper fishing down there this time of year ?

My boat is up on blocks til April
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05 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

jimbo45 did you miss the check box here. It does annoy me how it's checked by default it should be unchecked so people don't accidently install stuff they don't want.
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Just tried it and the only thing it has extra is McAfee and it didn`t install Chrome.

@bassfisher Do you do any striper fishing down there this time of year ?

My boat is up on blocks til April
I think it depends on the browser to what they offer, the screen above is from IE9 but open the same page in Firefox and you get offered McAfee.


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05 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I have XI installed and no Chrome browser. I unchecked the box as shown above.
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05 Jan 2013   #6

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Stopped using Adobe reader long ago as it became a bloated mess (use Foxit as linked by bassfisher above, very very good and light as I expect from a PDF reader application).

Checkbox or not, these behaviours are annoying. I'm there to download a program, you can tell me how cool is another completely unrelated one, but not force me to keep my eyes wide open to avoid your installers filling my computer of crap.
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05 Jan 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I am so sick of being prompted to install Google toolbar any time I install something I could puke.
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05 Jan 2013   #8

windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 

Like Bassfisher, I've had very good luck with Foxit Reader.
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05 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Never happened to me really, updated to version 11 and it honored my decision to leave the crapware out.
The only "crazy" move I did was to not download the default useless web-installer (where you download just a tiny downloader), but find the real, full installer. It does NOT includes any crapware (that I can remember) or at least it leaves them out. The only thing Adobe Reader does without user knowledge or consent is to install a Windows service to auto-update itself, which can be quite easily disabled.
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07 Jan 2013   #10

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there

Thanks everybody

I was too quick on the button !!!

Still 3rd party software that's not part of the original package shouldn't be checked automatically -- at least a CLEAR warning saying This will be installed unless you uncheck the box, or better just leave the default unchecked.

I don't mind a warning saying "Our software works better if you also install ...." but nobody does that any more.

Anyway I've converted to foxit pdf reader -- less bloat etc and doesn't nag every 5 mins about an update -- why on earth should a bog standard pdf reader need updating about 40 times a year !!!!.

Adobe's going the way of Nero -- originally great product but then too many "features" and too much bloat.

Pity there isn't anything remotely comparable to Photoshop yet -- I know The Gimp is making passable strides - but it just isn't up to it when you have to prepare A2 size commercial posters or need complex CYMK type of rendering for pre-press etc. -- otherwise I'd say Bye Bye Adobe.

Cheers
jimbo
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