RealPlayer criticised by StopBadware

RealNetwork’s RealPlayer has been criticised by the StopBadware initiative for installing additional components without informing users.

Versions 10 and 11 have been highlighted by the group, with different problems affecting each.

The issue in version 11 lies with the Rhapsody Player, software associated with the Rhapsody music download service also owned by RealNetworks. It is automatically installed with this version of RealPlayer, but is left intact when a user uninstalls the media player.

Version 10.5 has also come under fire from the StopBadware group, because of advertising software which is installed by default.

“The advertising software bundled with RealPlayer is misleadingly called a ‘message center’, and is described incompletely and inconspicuously in the EULA as software designed to provide useful software updates,” says a StopBadware statement.

RealNetworks was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

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