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To have or not to have


HondaMan

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I don't know about the rest of you but I feel a bit uneasy about this Auto upgrades. If I choose NOT to have Microsoft's latest upgrade or even be forced into the latest version of IE, why should MS be allowed to force me?

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buteman

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Just do what most others do ,Start using Firefox or one of the other browsers.

At the moment they are trying to push Bing to everyone.Then you have Silverlight.it does not matter how many times you refuse it it keeps popping up again even though you have ticked for it not to be shown again.

All I can say is that they are shooting themselves in the foot the more they press you to download something you don't want ,the more chance you will shift to a different Browser.

Although I have IE/8 downloaded I never use it as it has become so slow compared with other browsers.

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HondaMan

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I already use several other browsers but that is not the point. What else might they be including in these updates, spyware for example. My view is that no one should be able to install software on my computer without ny consent!

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finerty

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Thats why is use Linux mint im not forced, io choose.

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interzone55

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From Microsoft's point of view it is much simpler for them to support a single browser.

To this end they're desperate to get as many people to move away from IE 6 as possible. This in generally a good move as IE 6 was a dreadful browser.

I don't know why they haven't gone the same way as Google. Chrome silently updates, downloading in the background and installing when you shut it down.

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morddwyd

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"Chrome silently updates, downloading in the background and installing when you shut it down."

Only if you let it.

I am still using v 8.0.552.

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Forum Editor

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Only if you let it.

I'm wondering why on earth you would want to stop your browser from automatically downloading and installing security fixes?

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BRYNIT

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HondaMan you say "What else might they be including in these updates, spyware for example. My view is that no one should be able to install software on my computer without my consent!"

MS are not forcing you to do anything. You do not have to allow any updates/software onto your computer. With updates you just change 'install updates automatically' to 'check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them'.

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HondaMan

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BRYNIT

I was not referring to my machines but the principle. I was not aware of "silent updates" until I saw the article, as no doubt were many others. IMHO companies should not be permitted to indulge in this practice.

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morddwyd

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"I'm wondering why on earth you would want to stop your browser from automatically downloading and installing security fixes?"

Because I don't like anybody installing things on my computer, or changing my software, without my say-so.

For instance, if I had automatic updating of Windows I would have Silverlight and Bing updates, neither of which I use. If I had automatic updating of Spybot I would have Teatimer updates, which I don't have.

Maybe I'm a control freak, but it's my computer and I'll decide what gets downloaded, and when.

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interzone55

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HondaMan

Microsoft have been conducting worldwide campaigns to get people to move away from the hell hole that is IE6, and some people just don't know how to update the browser, or point blank refuse.

IE6 is a security nightmare, and is responsible for the army of compromised PCs around the world used for DDOS and spam attacks.

Anything that removes this piece of junk from the internet is to be applauded.

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