| By Fred Langa |
Some so-called freeware isn’t truly free; its download process often aggressively pushes software you neither want nor need.
It’s especially irritating when that unwanted, extra software is hard to remove.
Unwanted app ‘Searchqu’ moves in, won’t leave
Reader Kim Hansen found both her installed browsers — Internet Explorer and Firefox — simultaneously affected by the same foistware.
- “I have a problem related to Fred’s [Oct. 6] item, ‘Unwanted extra software download “outrageous.”‘
“I went to a site to watch a TV show that was not being broadcast in my area. In so doing, I installed software called ‘iLivid.’ It was extremely difficult to get rid of, but I was finally able to do so. However, it left something called ‘Searchqu’ in my [browser] address bar that I cannot get rid of.
“It appears in both browsers I use — Firefox and Internet Explorer. I have uninstalled everything and have scanned for anything with that name in it. But I come up with nothing — no viruses or orphaned files.