Today upon launching my copy of AceHTML Pro 6 I was prompted to download an upgrade to the program. As with past releases you were required to download a trial version and if your copy has a valid registration code it would automatically become AceHTML Pro.
Upon running the upgrade for AceHTML Pro 6, which is labled as version 6.05.9, you're required to agree to a License Agreement (EULA) and then are asked to read an additional EULA for the VMN Toolbar (a copy of which is after the jump) and are given the choice of "I accept to be bound by this licenses Agreement" or "No, I do not want to install the VMN Toolbar." However if you choose No you cannot proceed with the upgrade!
I have absolutely no desire to install the VMN Toolbar, especially since I cannot agree with its EULA.
This behavior of bundling undesired toolbars and requiring them to be installed with software is sleazy and unfair, especially when you have paid for the software!
I have sent Visicom Media an e-mail about this and told them that I expect to be provided a way to install the upgrade to AceHTML Pro (and future upgrades to AceFTP Pro) without being required to install an unwanted browser toolbar. I'll post their response once received.
At the time this update was posted, they have updated upgrade file and this updated version will allow you to install AceHTML Pro without installing the VMN toolbar. I'm very glad to see that this was a mistake and they've taken action to quickly release a new version that doesn't force installation of a browser toolbar which tracks your web surfing.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LICENSE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY.
ONCE INSTALLED, THE “VMN Toolbar(tm)” SOFTWARE PLUGIN (the “Toolbar”)
WILL AUTOMATICALLY LAUNCH EVERY TIME YOU EXECUTE THE
MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER BROWSER PROGRAM. BEFORE YOU CAN
USE THE TOOLBAR HOWEVER, YOU MUST ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING
AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”).
If you agree to the following Agreement between you (the user) and Visicom Media Inc. (“VISICOM”), you will be granted the following limited rights to install and use the Toolbar:
A. You may use the Toolbar for personal use, on a single computer per legitimate copy which you download from VISICOM. If you wish to use the Toolbar for commercial use or if you wish to redistribute the Toolbar to others, you will require the prior express written authorization of VISICOM or, alternatively, may do so after using VISICOM’s “VMN Toolbar Wizard(tm)” customization service (after duly registering with VISICOM) and accepting the conditions applicable to that service;
B. You may not otherwise reproduce, distribute, transmit, print or transfer information related to Toolbar.
VISICOM PRIVACY NOTICE:
BY PROCEEDING TO INSTALL THE TOOLBAR, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND
ACCEPT THAT, UPON ITS INSTALLATION, THE TOOLBAR WILL MODIFY THE
SETTINGS OF YOUR BROWSER CONCERNING “DNS ERROR” AND “ERROR 404”
PAGES. FURTHERMORE, ONCE INSTALLED, THE TOOLBAR MAY
COMMUNICATE CERTAIN BASIC USAGE INFORMATION TO VISICOM TO HELP
VISICOM COMPILE GLOBAL STATISTICS CONCERNING USAGE OF THE
TOOLBAR BY USERS (for example concerning the number of installations and unique
users, the number of clicks which the Toolbar receives, the number of searches performed by users, etc.). Such statistical information will not include any personally identifiable
information regarding users.
EVEN IF YOU ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT, IT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED TO:
A. Modify the Toolbar in part or in its entirety;
B. Decompile or reverse engineer the Toolbar.
SHOULD YOU FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE, YOUR RIGHT TO
USE THE TOOLBAR WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY TERMINATED. THIS
TERMINATION WILL BE IN ADDITION TO ANY CRIMINAL, CIVIL OR OTHER
REMEDIES WHICH VISICOM MAY SEEK. THE USER MAY CANCEL HIS LICENSE
TO USE THE TOOLBAR BY UNINSTALLING AND DESTROYING OR ERASING
ALL COPIES OF THE TOOLBAR UNDER HIS CONTROL.
EXCLUSION OF WARRANTY:
THE TOOLBAR IS PROVIDED UNDER LICENSE ON AN "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT
WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT
LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE RESULTS AND
PERFORMANCE OF THE TOOLBAR IS BORNE BY THE USER. VISICOM MAY, AT
ANY TIME, TERMINATE THIS AGREEMENT BY NOTIFYING THE USER OF THE
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:
IN NO EVENT SHALL VISICOM, OR ANY THIRD PARTY INVOLVED IN THE
CREATION, PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF THE TOOLBAR BE LIABLE UNDER
ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT DAMAGES
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS
PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF DATA OR OTHER PECUNIARY
LOSS INCURRED BY THE USER AND ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY
TO USE THE TOOLBAR, EVEN IF VISICOM HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. VISICOM SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY
WHATSOEVER CONCERNING ALEXA’S USE OF ANY INFORMATION
CONCERNING USERS OF THE TOOLBAR, PROVIDED THAT THE LIMITS SET
FORTH HEREUNDER HAVE BEEN RESPECTED BY VISICOM.
"VMN Toolbar" and “VMN Toolbar Wizard” are trademarks of VISICOM and are protected by the Canadian and international laws on trademarks and intellectual property. Use of the products' names is strictly forbidden unless it's used with the express written permission of VISICOM.
This Toolbar, including its code, documentation, appearance, structure, and organization is an exclusive product of VISICOM, which retains all intellectual property rights concerning the Toolbar, its copies, modifications, or merged parts, including any copyrights and invention rights.
GOVERNING LAW AND FORUM:
This Agreement will be governed and interpreted according to the laws applicable within the province of Quebec, Canada. Any judicial proceedings relating to this Agreement must be presented in the Judicial District of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to the exclusion of any other courts or jurisdiction.
ALEXA PRIVACY NOTICE AND AGREEMENT:
THIS TOOLBAR INTEGRATES CERTAIN SERVICES FROM ALEXA INTERNET,
INC. ("ALEXA"). THE TOOLBAR MAY EXCHANGE DATA WITH ALEXA IN ORDER
TO PROVIDE: (A) INFORMATION TO YOU ABOUT THE WEB PAGES YOU VIEW
(ranking information, for example) AND (B) BASIC INFORMATION TO ALEXA ON
YOUR USE OF THE TOOLBAR, INCLUDING THE IP ADDRESS OF YOUR
COMPUTER, THE URL OF THE WEB PAGES YOU VISIT AND, BECAUSE THE
TOOLBAR COMMUNICATES VIA HTTP, DATA TYPICAL OF NORMAL HTTP
COMMUNICATIONS, SUCH AS USER AGENT AND OPERATING SYSTEM, WILL BE
You may disable the portion of the Toolbar that allows exchange of data with ALEXA, by accessing the “Options” Page (in the Toolbar menus) and removing the “Alexa” button from the interface of the Toolbar. If you do so, however, you will no longer have access to the information (like ranking) available from ALEXA about the Web pages you view, whether or not the Toolbar is installed.
ALEXA does not and will not attempt to analyze Web usage data it obtain through the
Toolbar to determine the identity of any particular Toolbar user. However, ALEXA may aggregate and analyze the information it collects through your usage of the Toolbar to
improve its service and to prepare reports about aggregate Web usage.
ALEXA knows that you care how information about you is used and shared. ALEXA