Who doesn’t? Well, for one, all the people who have sipped the Kool-Ade of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office is adware.
Or at least, this is the arugment made by OpenOffice.orgNinja, and by the way, something I’ve been saying for years.
Is Microsoft Office adware? Wikipedia defines adware as “any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used.”
It goes beyond that, to the level of malware, in that malware is software that makes your computer do something that you do not want it to do, and in fact, have explicitly prohibited it to do. When some of the adware dialog boxes pop up in Office, if you click on the part they want you to click on, a web site opens in a browser. If you have Firefox installed as your default browser, Office ignores this and opens the site in Internet Explorer.
Now, think about this for a second. Say you have Windows (woe is you!) and you don’t upgrade your Internet Explorer because you never use it, and it has a security flaw, and then you click on the items referred to above. If you are a MS Kool-Ade fan you will respond “well, you should keep your software updated for security reasons, anything else is irresponsible.”
Well, I’m sorry, but you would be wrong about that. A user can certainly elect to not use or maintain a piece of software that is on their system if they want to.
Well,you might say, the only responsible way to handle that is to remove such software just in case.
Well, FYVM, but here you would be blaming the victim. In a Windows instillation, users do not have a lot of control over what software if foisted on them.
By the way, Ninja points out that Microsoft Office is adware based on Microsoft’s definition as well.
On Microsoft.com, Sandi Hardmeier, MVP, concludes her adware definition, “Ads are not bad by themselves but they become a problem when they are unauthorized. Unfortunately, many adware programs do not give users enough notice or control.” In Office, where is the “notice or control”? A workaround is to search the Offline Help instead of the default Microsoft Office Online.
Ninja goes even further than this, making a reasonable case that Microsoft Office is spyware.
Does any of this bother you? Do you want to solve this problem and get rid of not only this adware/spyware, but all adware and spyware on your system? I recommend the following: