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May 31, 2005, 3:44 pm
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I accidentally deleted my old version of RealPlayer and yesterday, I
downloaded the free basic version.
It installed OK, plays a few more types of file and the picture quality is
much improved. Fine I thought.
But during the install, it repeatedly asked me for my postcode which I'd
already submitted, (I have it listed as confidential info with a prompt
instruction) and more disturbingly, it removed the Block Cookies rule from
IE and my Norton firewall and used a huge number of them while installing.
Fortunately it only altered the setting from 'Block All' to 'Prompt' in the
firewall and that's how I realised what it had done.
And on top of that, this morning RealPlayer contacted
http://message.real.com/Msg/7.0/win32 resulting in my again being asked for
my postcode. (That's UK for Zip Code, BTW.)
The odd thing was - I didn't have RealPlayer running at the time there's
nothing new showing as running in the background when I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL.
Any ideas before I ditch the thing and do without it? Flash and Media Player
7 have already gone that way for phoning home.
Thanks in advance,