Google Desktop Search Pops Up on My Desktopposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 10/17/2006 04:03:00 AM
- I didn't ask Google to change my desktop and I didn't ask for the icon.
- Nortan Protection just popped up and said "Google Desktop Display would like to access the internet." Being a trusty user of Google, I just said yes.
- When I rebooted, there was the icon.
- Not only is my computer running slower, but it seems Google is not respecting my right to choose how it updates my computer.
This is the sort of trouble that AOL ended up with when it started carrying stealth installations of third party software.
Both AOL's internet software and the AOL Instant Messenger program (AIM) are force installing unwanted software called Viewpoint Media Player on people's computers.
There is no option to not install Viewpoint. In fact, if you remove Viewpoint, it will be reinstalled the next time you load AOL! I could hardly believe it when the first person reported this at the message board. Then a dozen more people showed up to report the same thing.