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Jun 27, 2010

Adobe Flash Update Automatically Installs McAfee Security Scan Plus

by J. Robert Burgoyne — last modified Jun 28, 2010 02:00 PM

The Adobe updater periodically phones home and checks for software updates. The most recent Flash update also installs, by default, McAfee Security Scan Plus.

For some reason, Adobe decided to permit McAfee to piggyback McAfee Security Scan Plus onto the most recent Flash update. Unless the user clears a checkbox during the Flash update, McAfee Security Scan Plus will be automatically installed by Adobe's updater software. Some readers may recall that in April, 2010, an errant McAfee anti-virus program caused thousands of corporate computers to spontaneously reboot. I would guess that anyone affected by that outage would prefer NOT to have this program automatically installed.

We understand the vagaries of software, and that computer systems do fail and break. Accordingly, we try to be fully transparent about our own technical problems, including providing a real-time link to the status of our servers.

We would prefer if the Security Scan Plus installation was NOT selected by default. Perhaps knowing that some consumers would be searching for how to uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus, McAfee provides a web page in their Corporate KnowledgeBase titled "Unwanted McAfee Security Scan Plus popup windows" dated April 9, 2010.