FileZilla Sneaking Other Software into Installation
I have been using FileZilla for several years now. It's served its purpose for my needs. I won't go into whether it's the best solution for FTP and that's not the point of this article. It's something I know, it has been relatively easy to install and it works. I have had no problems with it.
Recently, I had to buy a new machine and hadn't needed to use FTP functionality until today. I knew I needed to do the usual installation of FTP like I have always done. When I went throught the wizard, I notice as part of the installation now it has the option to install two software packages. One is Avast antivirus software and the other is some Web browser that I never heard of.
If I didn't have a lot on my plate right now, I would have looked for another solution altogether. But, I wanted to make everyone aware to not check these two software solutions if you decide to continue using it as your FTP solution (unless you want these two bloatware programs).
It's been my experience in the past that software bundled with other softwares are never a good idea, especially antivirus software. It usually causes a nightmare of conflicts between your chosen solution and the one they load on your behalf. Even when you try to uninstall their solutions, it can leave footprints that you'll be chasing for days and weeks. I don't recommend installing any extra software ever. It is too risky!
Again, the takeaway here is either find a new solution or make sure you uncheck the software agreements so they do not load.