Windows users should read each installation step carefully rather than simply click through. If there is an option for a custom versus standard installation, custom should always be selected. I can not recall an instance when I was not given the option to deselect the adware that was to be installed with the software. It's packaged as a useful ad-one but all it is, is an additional piece of software that wrecks havoc on your system (I'm not talking about the ads that pop up within, for example, Vuse--those can usually be blocked at the firewall level).

On 12/28/2014 10:25 AM, Michael Schumacher wrote:
On 28.12.2014 16:05, Olivier wrote:

2014-12-25 22:30 GMT+01:00 William Thompson <1tr0p0s...@gmail.com>:

Appears things have changed with GIMP since I last downloaded and used the
program?  Not sure what your relationship is with Torrent, but as I was
instructed to download the latter in order to open the GIMP executable
file, I did so, only to find extraneous and undesired software loaded along
with it
Have removed all of Torrent and the other junk that came along with it.
Obviously, won't be using GIMP now or in future.
On the first page of http://www.gimp.org/ you have a large download
button,impossible to miss. Don't blame on GIMP your use of a
malicious download site.
The issue is apparently to be a bit different - according to a short
mail exchange I had with the author of the initial message, he may have
been bitten by adware in a BitTorrent client (maybe even the
'BitTorrent, Inc.' one, see
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_BitTorrent_clients#General )

The user has made a statement along the lines of "What has computing
come to?" and is unwilling to continue the mail exchange, so pursuing
this further is currently futile (i.e. I do not know what exactly he
downloaded and from where).

I have added a short explanatory line to the downloads page's Windows
section (http://testing.gimp.org/downloads/ - note that this adjusts to
the platform you use and shows only matching downloads by default).
The news item on http://www.gimp.org regarding modified installers of
GIMP itself has also been motivated by this mail.

P.S.
It is a bit disconcerting to see that two (or three, if you count Vuze)
GPL-licensed BitTorrent clients employ adware as well. Probably even
more disconcerting is that I have come across opinions that Windows
users are "to expect" or are "used to" or "deserve" adware in installers
these days.




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