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Following on from part 1 of our series “what happens when you install the top 20 download.com apps” – Avast. We are now onto no 2 on the list KMPlayer.
What is KMPlayer?
Well according to download.com it has evolved from a video player to a leading source for content discovery. EDITOR: Whatever that means!
The applications record breaking viewership and the use of its flagship media is most visible in the gaming front, with a successful casting of Season 3 of the League of Legends World Championship.
Alongside other forays into e-sports, like GOM and Starcraft 2….. Blah..
So, how did we do with KMPlayer?
First, do you see the ‘Installer Enabled’ Under the download now button?. It’s kinda grey, and it by itself doesn’t appear to be anything obtrusive.. Or so you would think.
Part 1. Ok, this is fine, however this is step 1 of 5?
You are agreeing to the following: The Spigot Terms of Service (which you have agreed to, because you have clicked Agree and Install)
Browser Extensions in Internet Explorer.
Shopping Aid / New Tab Aid in Google Chrome
Slick Savings / Start Page / Ebay Shopping Assistant in Mozilla Firefox.
Finally Search Protection!
All the above just by clicking agree and install. So irrespective of which internet browser you use, it WILL be affected in some shape or form.
Note how the Decline button is greyed out. Making it appear that you can not click on it?
So we click Agree and Install on Step 3 of 5.
This time, we have agreed to Pro PC Cleaner. Which is supposed to be a Registry Cleaner. More on this later in the series.
Finally we get the Installation button for KMPlayer. Bearing in mind, for the previous 4 steps, we have already agreed to and installed 8 assorted programs! Again more on this later in the series.
Remember the PC Pro Cleaner which we ‘Agreed to install’ only a couple of minutes ago?
Well it suddenly popped up, and found 4 errors in a couple of seconds, which is said required removal. Ummmm..
We continue to let it scan in the background.
So now we have agreed, downloaded and installed our previous 8 assorted ‘wanted’ programs, plus the one we DID want, and NOW SEARCH PROTECT comes up, saying it requires installation.
Note: it clearly states that Search Protect WILL set your home page AND your default search to TROVI Search for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.
Not only that, it will ALSO prevent third parties from changing ‘my’ Browsers Home Page AND Search Settings.
Ermm.. Hang on. Wasn’t this covered previously in the download.com policy settings?. But that’s right.. Because we have ‘ALLOWED’ the browser changes, and ALLOWED the programs to be installed, the policy settings from Download.com, mean squat.
Now getting back to the PC Pro Cleaner, which was so conveniently installed for me.
This had ‘found’ 41 errors. Nice of it to tell me. Again note, this is a brand new installation of Windows. There are NO errors!
So we click on Activate
We can get an instant $20 off, if we pay for the program now. So it would only cost me $29.95. Thanks, but I think I will pass. I know that this machine is clear of any and all issues.
See how easy it is for the likes of these programs to remove money from your wallet into their bank?.
So until the next installment,
PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON WHAT YOU CLICK, AND AGREE TO INSTALL!
Next time, we will deal with YTD Video Downloader.
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