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why add av/am programs on the desktop?


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#1 drobtoy

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:50 AM

It seems to be common practice to add the programs utilized to rid computers of malware onto the desktop. Why is that? Is it easier to see, then more likely to remove the programs after running them?



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:01 PM

My unscientific hypothesis is for ease of navigation. If one needs to start or use the tool in safe mode it's very easy to find and or get to. I could be off base but thats my thinking.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:03 PM

My unscientific hypothesis is for ease of navigation. If one needs to start or use the tool in safe mode it's very easy to find and or get to. I could be off base but thats my thinking.

I agree and believe it's purely because it is easier for users as most know and can see the desktop. It avoids confusion from users having to take an extra step to get to another location and does make for an easier cleanup. From experience that proves true as well.

 

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 04:53 PM

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Further, some types of malware have been known to target shortcuts in the All Programs Program Folder. And you would be surprised how many folks no longer know how to use Windows Explorer to navigate directly to the Program folder.
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:28 PM

Just to add to the above, this may be one reason for companies telling you where and how to download programs.

Most will either add the desktop link with download, or enable you to put one there later.

 

If you put it there later it is only a Shortcut, and not a direct program link. I prefer the program where I can see it if it is used every day, and then you can usually add a Tray or other shortcut, as well as having it in Programs.



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 07:18 AM

One final thought. Everyone wants their product on the Desktop in full view for all to see...it's just another way of getting free advertisement.
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Posted 01 December 2013 - 07:35 PM

I'm on another computer today with a slightly changed setup -

 

On this one the Antivirus program is only listed in the tray at the bottom of the screen.

This is enough to access the program if I need to disable it or reset it -

The only other listing is in the All Programs list -

 

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:00 PM

ESET does the same for me.
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