« on: February 15, 2016, 10:21:24 PM »
Yesterday, I received an email that announced that Picasa, a photo program, was to have its support ended in April and Google pictures would be taking its place. I had Picasa on one of my desktops long ago, and as I recall, it became so bloated and space hogging that I deleted it. Having read of its impending doom, I considered taking one last look at it to see if I might like to just have it installed off to the side for whatever potential reason might reveal itself. BIG boo-boo!
I guess that most of us are fed up with foistware. I certainly am. But, this lovely program must be avenging its ultimate demise, or something to that effect. I downloaded what I thought was the program, but it was the installation program. Along with my gullible act of innocence, the mere placing of this "installation program", brought with it a hijacking of my primary Firefox browser. First, it hijacked Chrome, which is an infrequently used back-up browser, and converted it to a "fast bestbrowser". But, it also closed Firefox and placed it in a new series of directories, under this same foistware browser.
When I caught on to what was happening, I uninstalled this new browser and the installation program. I might have tried reinstalling Firefox first, to see if that would retrieve it from its hijacked captivity. Iobit's Uninstaller revealed that it had also installed two other programs, which I then removed.
Last, but not least, was the group of folders that held Firefox captive. So, I removed that too, and there went Firefox along with it. Fortunately, I had just completed backing up my drive C:\ with Acronis True Image, so I restored Firefox, along with the rest of the system drive's programming, in almost the exact state things were in when I inadvertently uninstalled Firefox. My Thunderbird downloaded email was still on my server's website, so none of that was lost either.
This goes to show just how ruthless some of the free programs can get, especially in their death throes. A novice computer operator would have had a problem getting their browser back and removing all the malicious foistware.
I think it would be best for most PC users to let Picasa go by the wayside. I still don't know how much worse it might have gotten if I had installed Picasa after the installation program performed its scheming exploitation.