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Offline acsi

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Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:42:11 AM »
Hi,

First off, thanks for developing PatchMyPC, what a great app!

I've used a lot to install a lot of apps, and among those IObit's Driver Booster, about which I'm writing.

The thing is that this app installs unwanted bloat/adware and I would like to report this in case there's something to avoid this in the installation process. It will be detectable right after setup as it installs a new process called "PubMonitor" which points to a "PubMonitor.exe" executable file. I usually kill that process and remove all the files listed in the Pub directory you can see in the screenshot attached.

Cheers


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Re: Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2019, 04:07:29 AM »
I do agree that this program does install unwanted stuff, this part is installed to keep track what you do and probably alot more.
I uninstalled all programs adding such spyware and constant nag to buy the stuff like iobit does.
Worse is that it keeps nagging you even if you bought a year subscribed usage, however then you get constant nagged about buying any and all of their other products.
Well buying them ... yearly payements. So i like to warn all if you do mind those nags and spying: do not to use it.
However i want to point out that every large company these days make use of spyware.
No matter what you use, for example micro$oft especially with win 10 but lately also in win 7, intel with many driver related stuff, nvidia, adobe,  has added multiple spyware programs.
I can go on for hours and even can explain want most do as well.
But many things are even hidden from our views because if you use a modern motherboard ( especially from the latest z series onwards ) they have added so called security hardware which is sold as software & hardware but fact is that stuff is not doing anything really against virus/trojans its pure to see and check what you use and do.
M$ goes even further and controls now what you type or do and sends it to their servers, this palladium based platform (hardware&software) also includes protecting all the products of the large software firms and film industry.   

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Re: Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 12:21:04 AM »
Sorry for the delay, we are looking into this.

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Re: Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2021, 04:56:42 AM »
Can you tell me what kind of app is this, and which purpose we can use this app for? because I also saw a discount on this app on Reecoupons, but after reading your post, I realized that it's a very useful app, but I have few questions about this app, can I do PM..?

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Re: Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2021, 05:37:45 AM »
Hi, you can read more about the software on the vendor's website here: https://www.iobit.com/en/driver-booster.php

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Re: Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2021, 05:44:55 AM »
Thanku so much for this link... :)

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Re: Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2021, 08:23:23 AM »
I haven't noticed that Driver Booster installs any extra stuff without asking. I have used it at least a couple of years or more.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2021, 08:28:32 AM by Peace2000 »

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Re: Driver Booster installs unwanted background bloatware
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2021, 04:28:08 PM »
I no longer use Driver Booster because of their nags. It's not bad software, but the nags are horrible. I now use "Snappy Driver Installer Origin" to update my drivers, and, I believe, I get better results than I would with Driver Booster. That said, Driver Booster is easy to use, while SDI Origin can be confusing for folks that do not have a lot of knowledge about computers and software. I do recommend SDI Origin. It's free, it offers ALL drivers (unlike Driver Booster), and does not nag you to upgrade or buy their other software.