K-Lite side loading web companion from lavasoft?

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K-Lite side loading web companion from lavasoft?

Post by vincentyu2012 on Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:46 pm

Just installed K-lite standard 12.3.0, but it comes with web companion from Lavasoft without any indication during installation. Did anybody encounter this?

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Re: K-Lite side loading web companion from lavasoft?

Post by Admin on Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:06 am

There is a page shown during the installation where you can decline this optional offer. It's near the end, after all options pages. You must have accidentally clicked past it. Bundled offers are only shown during fresh installs, so you don't need to worry about it happening again if you update.

You can uninstall it through the Windows control panel, same way as with any other software.


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Re: K-Lite side loading web companion from lavasoft?

Post by vincentyu2012 on Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:10 am

Thanks for the info.

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Re: K-Lite side loading web companion from lavasoft?

Post by Admin on Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:00 pm

For those who came here through the shark007.net website:

The K-Lite installer may show an offer for a bundled third party software product. There offers are OPTIONAL and are NEVER installed without your explicit permission. You can simply click DECLINE and nothing will get installed!
Offers are shown only during fresh installs and never during upgrades or silent installs.
These offers are needed to support development of the codec pack, and to provide you with a superior product now and in the future. This way the developers don't have to beg for donations.
The included offers are from respectable companies and offer functionality that can be useful (to some of you). The software can also be easily uninstalled. K-Lite never includes any malware or other malicious software.
A tip that we can give to people that are concerned about accidentally accepting an offer for bundled software is to install a little program called Unchecky. This tool will automatically decline bundled offers in a large number of software products, including K-Lite.

Shark007 used to contain a lot of bundled software too, not long ago. But in his case it was much more difficult to decline, and there have been several cases where things got installed without user permissions. When users complained about this he said it was the fault of the company that bundled the software, and that he could not do anything about it. I think it is scary when a developer has no control over its own software...

Shark007 likes to talk bad about K-Lite in order to "promote" his own pack. His website contains some quotes from a Microsoft representative that have been taken totally out of context. The person in question is Zachd, a former developer of Windows Media Player. The timeframe on which the quotes are based is from more than 10 years ago (!), long before Shark007 even existed. At that time the individual codecs that were available were much less mature and stable than they are now. Setting up codecs to play everything was a real challenge back then. K-Lite was brand new at that time and quickly grew popular because it made things very easy for users. But due to the poor quality of the individual codecs, crashes were more common. Microsoft collects telemetry about crashes. When Zachd said that many crashes were caused by K-Lite, he of course meant by codecs that were installed by K-Lite. However, the same happened with manually installed codecs, and other packs that were available at that time.

What Shark007 doesn't know, is that K-Lite developers have worked together with Microsoft to identify and where possible fix common causes of codec stability problems. This has resulted in significant improvements to the individual codecs. Just to be clear, K-Lite doesn't make the individual codecs. It just bundles the best available. However, K-Lite developers do help the codec developers whenever possible. The gathered knowledge has also been used to make the K-Lite installer detect (and optionally remove) many bad third party codecs. This all happened many years ago!
Microsoft is (and has been for a long time) very satisfied with the quality of K-Lite. Microsoft Valued Professionals (MSVPs) often recommend K-Lite due to its problems solving capabilities. Same applies to many helpdesks around the world.

People who use K-Lite are generally extremely satisfied. Those who report a problem get friendly and knowledgeable help. Whenever a problem exists (rarely) it gets fixed quickly. K-Lite has millions of users due to its quality and reliability.

Here is a response from Zachd:

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