Posts Tagged ‘installer’

Good News – Sourceforge Stops Bundling Adware with Installers

Friday, February 19th, 2016

This is good news indeed … but it also sounds like Sourceforge has a way to go before it can effectively restore user trust.

Sourceforge, once the go-to site for open source project management, has experienced a rough time in recent years thanks to the rise of competing services like GitHub, but also because of the DevShare program and placement of advertisement on the site. Projects hosted on SourceForge could apply for the DevShare program to bundle adware with project installers for the Windows operating system.

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Popular Software Projects Leave Sourceforge

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Granted, all commercial websites need some means of generating income … but it’s also good to keep in mind that one can push a monetization strategy a bit too far.

The software project hosting website Sourceforge started to offer a new monetization option to projects hosted on the site in mid-2013 when it introduced install-wrappers which enabled projects to add third-party offers to installers on Windows to earn revenue from software installations. The move back then was controversial but opt-in which meant that only select downloads on the site were wrapped in the installer.

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Report: All Major Download Sites Serve Potentially Unwanted Programs

Monday, March 16th, 2015

No surprises here … but the article does contain some good, common sense tips on how to avoid unwanted programs.

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), adware or crapware is terminology for programs offered to you, usually in the form of being included in installers, that have nothing to do functionality-wise with the program you are trying to install. Software companies and developers include those programs to make money, and while they certainly do so, help spread those programs with the help of the Internet to thousands if not millions of home computer systems.

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SourceForge’s New Installer Bundles Program Downloads with Adware

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

This pretty much explains why a lot of people just don’t trust installer programs …

If you have been downloading programs from SourceForge in the last days, you may have noticed that some do not provide you with direct downloads of the programs anymore. Instead, you download something called SourceForge Installer which bundles the software with third party offers used for monetization.

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How Programs Trick You Into Installing Adware On Your Computer

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

This should go without saying, but it’s important to pay close attention to every single menu that pops up when installing freeware …

Bundling software with third party offers to generate revenue is one of the ways that software development companies and developers make money. The system has its advantages if you look at it from a neutral point of view. Instead of going the commercial ro

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