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my contribution to fixing a major problem


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#1 deadcat

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 01:50 PM

OK guys. Here is my contribution to fixing a major problem. It should be in all forums on this website because it applies to all OS.

In the past I have had the problem of slow computer with internet traffic going through the roof. No updates or downloads had been requested. My computer was communicating with Akamai Technologies at high rate but there was no reason of mine why this should have been happening. I went on many websites, including this one, to seek an answer but was never able to get resolution. I did find that I was not alone. Many others have the same problem.

By accident I found the cause. I was going to download a program from Adobe Systems but for some reason decided to read all the fine print. Just prior to the download there is a very fine print that states "by downloading this program you agree to the T&C of Akamai Technologies". I clicked on the highlighted area and found the devil himself. By downloading the Adobe software you agree to Akamai downloading a small program that examines your computer for Adobe and Akamai software and then permits Akamai to use your computer as a torrent seed for distribution of their software! I have never seen such gall on the part of a major software supplier.

I asked my law student daughter what the remedy might be. Since we agreed, by downloading the Adobe software, to Akamai using us as a torrent seed there was nothing illegal about what they are doing.

You can see this for yourself if you go on Adobe's website and setup to download a trial copy of Photoshop Elements, you don't have to download or buy anthing to get to this point. Watch carefully for the small print about Akamai. Akamai also has business relationships with Microsoft and many other large software houses.

I am so mad about this but I don't have $ for an attorney or the time to go after them. So I pass this on for someone else to find a way to stop this invasion and "stealing" of our computer resources. How many hours of the dedicated computer help folks has been consumed to address this problem? How much frustration on the part of computer users has been created? I am mad as hell but don't know what to do about it.

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#2 ThunderZ

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 02:42 PM

@ Deadcat. One possible solution would be to run a firewall with outbound protection.

How ever, by blocking the connection you may be in violation of the TOS agreement.

Have not used Adobe products, other then Flash in a very long time. Find them bloated, system intrusive and very resource heavy.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 04:32 PM

Or as suggested in this post you made. Remove Akamai Download Manager.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 01:45 PM

This might seem out of the way, but for Dreamspark members, Acamai Download manager helps in downloading their larger software distributions at much greater speeds. And I suppose I'm guilty of this, for my ancient desktop (Woe to Dellmeyer I that was), that's about all I use that thing for, to be a torrent seed for the bitorrent network. I know I don't really help your cause. I do apologize for that.

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