A couple of days ago, I received some pushed upgrades here at work that caused a few things not to work, among them, Yahoo Instant Messenger. I use Messenger a lot, not only to communicate with my children and husband during the day (they are home and there are the inevitable “Mom, have you seen my soccer cleats/socks/glasses/notebook/library book” questions on a near-daily basis), but to communicate directly with two developers and one trainer that are working on a project with me. Having YIM fail to load is not acceptable, so I did the first thing that made sense: downloaded and installed the upgrade to YIM. So now it loads and logs in and works, albeit with a much bigger screen footprint than it had before (one of the reasons I’d not upgraded previously).
However, even though I un-clicked the check-box asking me if I wanted to install the Yahoo Toolbar and set Yahoo as my home page, I am getting daily reminders from Yahoo, every time I open Firefox, asking me if it can turn on Yahoo Toolbar and set Yahoo as my home page. I checked installed programs, and removed the Yahoo toolbar that it installed without my permission, and when I got the popup box in Firefox asking me if I wanted to turn on the toolbar and reset the home page, I checked NO and also marked the box that says “don’t ask this again.” Yet, this morning I booted up, logged in, and guess what? Yup, the little box comes up asking me if I want to turn on the Yahoo toolbar and blah blah blah. And this is in addition to the daily popup I get when opening Firefox asking me to “update extensions” and the only one on the list is the Yahoo Toolbar, even though I do not have it installed on this machine.
Then there’s the ongoing thing with iTunes. Every time I turn it on, or just randomly when it is running, it asks me if I want to install Safari and the “Mobile” something-0r-other. I always say no, but it just keeps asking me, over and over and over.
This type of pushy, intrusive behavior on the part of the software is just flat-out annoying. No means no. Once I say no, that should be it, and I should never be asked again. I’m still looking for a fix for the Yahoo toolbar/Yahoo home page thing that has only been occurring since I upgraded YIM on Tuesday, and hopefully I’ll find one. I don’t believe there is any kind of fix for the iTunes issue. If anyone knows of a fix for either of these (and no, I’m not giving up YIM or Firefox, sorry), I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to leave me a comment!