FormatFactory

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs EXTREMELY persistant junkware"

    July 25, 2012  |   By Zenfields

    Pros

    Seems to do the basic file conversions for Windows, but no better than Handbrake (which works great and has no memory-sucking leachware attached).

    Cons

    Installs the extremely persistent junkware Ask.com browser. DON'T BELIEVE THE SOCK-PUPPET REVIEWS THAT TELL YOU THERE'S A CHECKBOX TO NOT INSTALL ASK.COM OR THAT ASK.COM IS EASY TO UNINSTALL! You might be able to get it off your browsers, but the files themselves absolutely do not uninstall through Control Panel--they just give error message after error message without uninstalling. None of the elaborate fixes I've seen so far have worked for me. Installing FormatFactory means being stuck with leachware!

    Summary

    DO NOT INSTALL. Contains extremely persistent leachware with no opt-out and no easy way to uninstall. Don't believe the sock-puppet reviews!

    Updated on Jul 25, 2012

    Update: There may be an opt-out for the leachware in the custom install. There is no opt-out in the standard install sequence.

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