Adware from your classic utilities? Arrrg!

ImageSo yesterday I whipped up a temporary virtual machine of windows 7 for a brief test run. I needed winscp and 7zip. I am STUNNED by how much adware landed with those installs. Arcade software? Pre-bundled Chrome browser? Toolbars for Yahoo, and google?

I am so IRRITATED by this! Am also grateful I was running in a vm so I can roll back to previous snapshot. I am too paranoid and too proud to leave adware on a system. But also, I think I need to be more aware of where I get those classic programs. I know that sourceforge.net has been going more and more ad-supported. It would appear that places like softpedia might be following suit.

 

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