Issues With Yahoo Messenger Installs

Yahoo IM users get
more than they bargained for
from News.com earlier this month looks at how
the latest version of Yahoo’s instant messaging client wants to make itself at
home on your desktop beyond just instant messaging. Go with the defaults, and
you’ll not just get Yahoo Messenger but also the Yahoo Toolbar and new "Yahoo
Extras" with "live links" that sound like
Google AutoLink
but seem to only act that way in the IM client, from what I can see. The install
also tries to make Yahoo your default home page and search tool. It’s easy to
choose not to add any of these additional features, programs and changes,
assuming you look for the right checkboxes, but many don’t.

Yahoo’s Jeremy Zawodny saw the story and
commented that
he found the practice "insulting and disrepectful." Google UI designer Kevin Fox
chimes in on the comments at Jeremy’s blog about dislike the tactics as well and
defending Google’s

bundling
of tools with WinZip as being "upfront."

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