When security software gets bundled in the wrong way


After installing Adobe Shockwave Player from here I am presented with this offer.

I don’t want to use Norton, so I unselect the checkbox.

I actually read the text, well, most of it – the part which is visible, as you can see below.


By clicking on the only button visible, I agree with the Norton License and I receive the software from Symantec.

So, where the hack is the Cancel button?

I unselected the checkbox and pressed Alt-F4 and apparently I didn’t get any Symantec software on my computer.

I thought that such practices can by found only at Ask.com and alike…

But, definitely there is money in stake here, so who cares about user experience?

Right? 😉

I am sure that Symantec didn’t see this 😉

Erm.. I am hoping that they didn’t see it.





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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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