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Name Game
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Grand Rapids, MI
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4 recommendations

The state of Internet Explorer after installing the top 20

...downloads from Download.com

by Roger Karlsson

Does this sound familiar? You get a call from your parents. There's some problem with their computer. The printer isn't working, the computer won't connect to the wireless network or something like that. You go there and fix the problem, but while troubleshooting you also notice that there are some new toolbars in their web browser. When you ask them about the toolbars they usually say they have no idea how the toolbars got there.

These toolbars are typically bundled with other software and if you don't pay attention during the installation process, you might end up installing not only the program that you actually want, but also some toolbars or other software that you did not want at all. Why? The majority of the bundled software is opt-out - you have to explicitly say NO to the bundled software by unchecking some checkbox during the installation.

So, today I decided to start with a fresh installation of Windows Vista, then download the top 20 most popular downloads from Download.com, install them without opting out of the bundled software. This is how your Internet Explorer will look like:

»www.freefixer.com/blog/top-20-bundle/

I really like this one.
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towerdave

join:2002-01-16
O Fallon, IL

1 recommendation

Would have been better had it been written recently, with Win7. Not that the results would have been much different, but...

TD


OZO
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reply to Name Game

It's IE with a ribbon, just like Office...



Name Game
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reply to towerdave

said by towerdave:

Would have been better had it been written recently, with Win7. Not that the results would have been much different, but...

TD

Even though the date appears to be 2010..I am sure that is a mistake and should be 2012 since Roger just today put it out on his twitter... and if you look at the responses that are all 2012....so what OS do you think that is...see any clues ? I thought it was winxp myself.

»twitter.com/rogerkarlsson
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StuartMW
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reply to Name Game

Hang on, there's some cheating going on!

There's a blank toolbar in there.

Good way to turn your 1400x1050 screen into 640x480

I guess it pays to opt-out on crapware.
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therube

join:2004-11-11
Randallstown, MD
reply to Name Game

"Protected Mode: On", so I don't think that's going to be XP.



Cartel
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Chilliwack, BC
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reply to Name Game

never had a toolbar and never will.
Alot of people are running wide-open, point and click, not care in the world.

Must be nice.



Dustyn
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reply to Name Game

Internet Explorer has NEVER looked sexier!!!



StuartMW
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reply to Cartel

said by Cartel:

A lot of people are running wide-open, point and click, not care in the world.

Haven't you heard?
quote:
Ignorance is bliss!

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Cartel
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said by StuartMW:

said by Cartel:

A lot of people are running wide-open, point and click, not care in the world.

Haven't you head?
quote:
Ignorance is bliss!

No head lately, no....


StuartMW
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said by Cartel:

No head lately, no....

Sorry...
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Name Game
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Arrrrrrr...time to get ready for the pirate talk.



Name Game
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reply to therube

framing it seems to be the desktop screen..that looks familiar.



StuartMW
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Yep, definitely the default Vista desktop pattern.
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StuartMW
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reply to Name Game

BTW anyone here install/use toolbars? I've never installed one. Ever.
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antdude
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reply to towerdave

said by towerdave:

Would have been better had it been written recently, with Win7. Not that the results would have been much different, but...

TD

Or XP SP3. :P


StuartMW
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said by antdude:

Or XP SP3. :P

Or Win2K SP4. Running all three here
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Name Game
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reply to StuartMW

said by StuartMW:

BTW anyone here install/use toolbars? I've never installed one. Ever.

Nope..but we could volunteer antdude for the sake of Science to see if more bars could be had.

And I want to know what they call a group of crows.
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StuartMW
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said by Name Game:

And I want to know what they call a group of crows.

A flock
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Name Game
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A murder



StuartMW
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quote:
As for why we call a group of crows a “murder,” the inspiration for the term is a mystery, lost since the 15th century.

»www.word-detective.com/2009/02/m···ows-etc/
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EGeezer
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And then one might see a Wisdom of Wombats, a Prickle of Porcupines...



Name Game
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Or a gaggle of Geezers, an update of Urials, a crock of oops...Cranes..



carpetshark3
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Idledale, CO
reply to Name Game

A clutter of cats or a business of ferrets which describes that mess of a screen.



Exidor
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Brampton, ON

1 recommendation

reply to Name Game

From the linked page in first post:

quote:
Updated 2012-09-08: Fixed publication date. The post was published 2012, not 2010.


Name Game
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Thanks..figured he would get around to that.



Dustyn
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reply to StuartMW

said by StuartMW:

BTW anyone here install/use toolbars? I've never installed one. Ever.

I've never ever forever ever install toolbars... not ever, ever!


Blackbird
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said by Dustyn:

said by StuartMW:

BTW anyone here install/use toolbars? I've never installed one. Ever.

I've never ever forever ever install toolbars... not ever, ever!

So what are you trying to tell us...?
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StuartMW
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said by Blackbird:

So what are you trying to tell us...?

Seems ambivalent to me
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Name Game
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reply to Dustyn

We Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Toolbar!

»billmullins.wordpress.com/2010/0···toolbar/