Starting last month, Oracle began bundling a security scanning tool called the McAfee Security Scan Plus with its Java updates for the Windows operating system. The software is installed by default with the Java update, so unless users notice and uncheck the McAfee installation box as they're updating Java, they'll end up downloading McAfee's software too.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/ ... geNumber=1
That's what happened to me, and after I bitched about that very thing in anohter thread (which I can't find today) with an Adobe update. I wasn't paying attention and just clicked through the installation and ended up with crap I didn't order.
Once downloaded, the McAfee software prompts the user on a daily basis to accept McAfee's licensing terms to complete the installation. The user can cancel out of this prompt, but there is no option to decline the terms. To remove the software, the user must use the Windows "Uninstall a Program" feature.
I see that as evil, not just annoying. So, what's their justification for doing this?
McAfee defended its decision to leave the Security Scan install box checked by default. "McAfee believes it’s better to be protected than unprotected, therefore we are offering this as a default," a McAfee spokeswoman said via e-mail. "A surprising number of people have computers with out-of-date security or no security at all."
Are you fucking kidding me? Who the fuck do you think you are? Get the fuck out of my house you evil bastard; get your fucking foot out of my door. And how the hell did you get into the position of making that decision anyway: I thought Oracle owned Java. Did Oracle buy out McAfee? WTF?