First spamware; now threatware?

Friday, June 3rd, 2005
Many of you know how I feel about hardware manufacturers forcing me to use or remove their unwanted software from my new computer. I call it spamware - unsolicited commercial programs.  (My most recent adventure with this was last night. I installed a Creative WebCam on my tablet. guess what I got back, absolutely free ... AOL. No further comment. You know how I feel.)

Here's a twist from Adobe:  I downloaded and evaluated Acrobat 7.0 for use with a document imaging application. This morning, I learned that my evaluation period has expired. (No problem, I've got the product on order.) But, take a look at the last sentence ...

AdobeThreatware.jpg

Isn't that odd? Am I to fear that an expired evaluation will harm my system? If that's true, should we ever evaluate Adobe products? Or, is this just an idle threat from Adobe to coerce me to buy their product? Either way, I think it's wrong.

Discussion/Comments (1):

First spamware; now threatware?

I smell a lawsuit.

Did they warn you about the potential system instability? I think they should.

"Here try our software, but be warned, it may make your system unstable!"

I think if most people read (and understood) their software licenses, they'd tell the software companies to go to hell.

Posted at 7/7/2007 10:49:03 PM by 3ill



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