This morning I removed Download Status Bar from all my personal and business PCs. And I'll be issuing an advisory to all my clients recommending they do the same.
While it is possible to reinstall the previous version, I feel any program author has the absolute right to set the terms and conditions (no matter how misguided) for the continued use of their products. And since the current (albeit unspoken) terms for DSB now seem to include acceptance of silent installations and unreported changes to user settings
, I want nothing further to do with it. Even if it would be possible to circumvent the changes by reverting to an earlier version.
To be perfectly blunt, I no longer trust this developer.
And I am no longer interested in installing anything
he may come up with in the future. No matter how useful or 'clean' it is. And that will remain the case even if he/she sees the wrongness in what's been done and removes the offending code from DSB.
I might have felt differently had the developer publicly announced the change. I might not have been happy about it. But at least I could better respect his decision. Especially if he provided a paid version which did not include the nonsense that would come with the free version. While I still would have removed DSB from my machines if a clean version wasn't available, in fairness I would only alert my clients rather than send a strong recommendation for DSB's immediate removal.
So it goes...