Freemake Video Converter
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"You get to raise worms & horses (Trojans...)"
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Installs by default 'End Animal Cruelty' toolbar and that's only the beginning of the cruelty you experience by a variety of pests such as worms and Trojans
I got all exited by what I read here, while installing I wished this may put an end to incompatibility of videos from my various recording phones & compact/video cameras however....It also swapped my default search engine (for typing a search term in the address bar) from Google to Bing. Even the restoring to a previous restore point haven't reversed this.
I was surprised to see my browser shut down but thought it's just a resource-intensive installation... OK. As the program launchd it relaunched the browser too and.... I had another toolbar full of emoticons and game links. OK, let's remove it, I thought.
Start>Programs>Freemake>Uninstall.... a popup window alerts that an unknown program wants to access your computer ??? Never seen this on removal before... OK, let's try it differently
I go to Control Panel> Add/Remove Programs> We-Care (the 'End Animal Cruelty' toolbar)> Uninstall... A popup 'The uninstaller for this program can not be accessed'... Hmmm... If they don't provide their own uninstaller, lets try another way.
I go to CCleaner application>Tools>Uninstall.... same popup.
Now, with installing with no consent and making impossible to remove I was ready to remove the Video Converter application as well... something just feels wrong about this Freebee.
I ended up restoring my computer (Safe mode> Repair your computer > Restore...)to an earlier date.
Yet even after rebooting post-restoration the computer froze so hard even the courser stalled for long minutes untill I shutdwn by the power button and relaunched in Safe Mode with Networking, in which I now write this report.
Stay away... I wasted an hour as a pro user, could mean much more downtime and resource guzzling pest running in the background for beginners.
Updated on Aug 8, 2012