RealPlayer fails to “accurately and completely disclose the fact that it installs advertising software on” a user’s computer. It also claimed according to pcworld.com that the version 11 of RealPlayer is badware because it “does not disclose in any way the fact that it installs Rhapsody Player Engine software, and fails to remove this software when RealPlayer is uninstalled.”
A definition of badware it is a “malicious software that tracks your moves online and feeds that information back to shady marketing groups so that they can ambush you with targeted ads.”
StopBadware identified two specific behaviors of RealPlayer as badware: The advertising software that comes bundled with RealPlayer 10.5 is misleadingly called a ‘message center’, and is described incompletely, violating section II.A.a.iii of the stopbadware guidelines; and RealPlayer 11 does not disclose that it installs Rhapsody Player, nor remove it when RealPlayer is uninstalled, violating Section III.A of the same guidelines.
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