One of my pet peeves is software such as Adobe’s various IE addins, that try to force upon me other browsers such as Chrome / Firefox. This mornings latest thing is that Adobe Flash Player has released an update. When I attempt to install the update, as you can see below they have decided that the default is that “Yes – I want Chrome and not only that, I must want Google Toolbar for IE”.
This type of thing is really not appropriate. For a starter, if I wanted Chrome, why would I ALSO want them to put in the Google Toolbar for IE? I use one browser only – Internet Explorer – like it or not that’s what I use. I do that because I KNOW that any patches for it will come down via my patch management systems (be it WSUS on SBS or my Kaseya system), and I’ll be patched. Why would I want to put in a third party browser that is not tied into that system for patch management? That would leave me exposed for potential backdoor security vulnerabilities which is not good practices.
Secondly, I worry about my Mum. Yup – my Mum and all the semi literate computer users out there like her. She would have no idea what this means and she’d do as instructed and install the things that she does not need. Not only that, changing her default browser to Chrome would really confuse the heck out of her and it would lead her to wonder what happened. Sorry Adobe – that’s just not right.
I wish that there was some way I could say “I’m happy with what I’ve got – just give me the updates for Flash Player that relate to IE and NEVER bother trying to force anything else onto me”… but there’s not. Maybe software vendors will get a clue and give us what we want, not what THEY think we need.
What pet peeves do you have?