I have a situation that really worries me, and I'm hoping there are some smart folks on the board who can tell me how to get around it.
The problem: Adobe Flash Player is now a required program in order to use Yahoo, which is where my wife has her email setup and has for 10 years. Adobe, in its money grabbing wisdom, has sold control of Flash Player to some developers who now require that several of their programs be accepted and installed as part of the Flash Player download.
Failure to accept even one of the 3 or 4 programs results in Flash Player refusing to install. This kind of sleazy blackmail should be banned from the Internet. But my wife insisted she had to have access to Yahoo so we accepted and installed the crapware. Flash Player then installed and started working.
One program is a browser, one is an optimizer, and I still don't know what the other two do. My thought, of course, was to accept the programs long enough to get Flash Player working, then delete them. Problem with that is, the programs all have uninstaller features that report back to home base online. When one of the programs is uninstalled, the developers know what happened and immediately disable Flash Player.
So I installed Privatefirewall, a very sophisticated firewall program that was commercial but is now free. My thought was to prevent the programs from calling out using the PF. Once again, these slick bastards thought it thru and as PF was being installed, they modified it so that the crapware could not be prevented from getting online. They even opened a window to advise me PF was being modified.
Help, please. Is there a way I can get rid of the crapware and still keep Flash Player working. The only half way good news is, the crapware can be uninstalled. But, then, no more Flash Player. And, yes, I've tried using substitute programs for Flash Player...Yahoo refuses to recognize the substitutes. This sucks, big time. Is there anything that can be done?
Appreciate your thoughts.
Edited by hamluis, 20 April 2015 - 08:12 AM.
Moved from Firewalls to Am I Infected - Hamluis.