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[News] [Rival] Apple Does Bad Things to People's PCs by Installing "Shovelware"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Apple Does Bad Things to People's PCs by Installing "Shovelware"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:06:13 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Don't need it? Don't install it.

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| Apple may have recently shoved an unsafe update down your PC's 
| throat, but the broader problem is Apple, or anyone else, 
| installing any unnecessary program on your PC.
| [...]
| I didn't think anything more about it. I don't install programs I 
| don't need or plan on testing. Others though did and they 
| discovered that this completely unneeded Apple shovelware for 
| 99.9999% of all users installs not just a configuration program, 
| but the Apache Web server as well. For the tiny number of people 
| who do need it, this lets corporate iPhone users 'phone' in to 
| the business Web server for updates.



Companies Struggle as Safari Pops Up on Networks

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| Because of the way Apple had configured the update, anyone who clicked OK 
| automatically installed the company's Web browser. Most users thought that 
| Safari was simply a component of the Apple software they'd already installed, 
| Wilson said.   
| "This is not good; this is a security risk," he said. "We're a bank."
| Wilson said it has taken him the better part of a week to remove Safari from 
| his network and prevent it from being reinstalled. 


Mozilla CEO Criticizes Apple's Stealth Safari Update

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| Lilly doesn't have a problem with Apple using its software update utility to 
| keep its users up-to-date with iTunes and QuickTime, or any other Apple 
| software they may have installed. The problem for Lilly is that even if you 
| don't have Safari installed, Apple pushes the update to users and checks 
| the "install" box by default.    


Apple pushes Safari on Windows via iTunes updater

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| Apple has started offering Windows users its Safari 3.1 Web browser through 
| the same online updater it utilizes for iTunes and the QuickTime video 
| player.  


Apple faces suit over iPod-iTunes link

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| As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc.
| said Friday it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one 
| alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes
| music and video sales to its market-leading iPod portable players.


EU takes aim at Apple over iTunes

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| Norway, a European country that is not in the EU, is battling Apple
| for the same reason. In January, it said the computer and software
| giant must liberalize its music download system by October 1 or
| face legal action.
| Pressure on Apple has been building, with consumer rights
| organizations from Germany, France, Finland and Norway recently
| agreeing a joint position in their battles against iTunes.

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