- GetRight 4.0 to 4.2c
used the Radiate (formerly Aureate Media) advertising system to show banner
advertisements while you are trying out the GetRight program.
If you're still using 4.0 to 4.2c, please do upgrade or use the ad-file-remover to get rid of the advertising files.
- GetRight 4.3 (released Sept 13, 2000) and higher are no longer using Radiate/Aureate and for a time used the Conducent advertising system (but Conducent is now
out of business).
If using 4.3 you can use the ad-file-remover to get rid of the advertising files.
- A later 4.3 release (rebuilt April 19, 2001) and the release of 4.5 did not include any third party banner advertising DLLs. If GetRight showed any ads, it used an embedded Internet Explorer control--this worked pretty much the same as ads on a web page.
- GetRight 4.5 (July 9, 2001) allowed you to choose "Shareware" mode so no ads are shown at all--and Shareware actually was the default.
- GetRight 4.5a (released Oct 1, 2001): The release of GetRight 4.5a no longer even has a choice for Adware anymore. Just "Shareware". Click here to download GetRight.
So, the most current releases of GetRight do not contain Radiate or Conducent advertising systems.
Some very comments on the ads are below, which haven't applied in a very long time...but still here:
These ads have allowed GetRight to remove the time limits for trying it out, and show much fewer reminder windows asking you to buy GetRight than previous versions.
There have been a number of concerns from people about whether the Aureate/Radiate system is "Spying" on people, monitoring web surfing, etc. These reports are NOT true. And you don't just have to trust me, several third parties have said the same:
- McAfee / Network Associates (Big anti-virus and computer security firm.)
- Kumite.com (a Myth tracking site)
- Even buried way down a few pages on the "OptOut" web site it says:
"After spending more than 200 hours examining the operation and function of
the version 2 Aureate software system, I was unable to discover any
capability for it to inventory or browse the user's hard drive or registry."
If you have not upgraded GetRight to 4.3 or higher, use the ad-file-remover to delete any advertising files.
Advertising in software allows you to use programs like GetRight for free for as long as you like. The advertising allows us make money while you can use the program for free--similar to television and most web sites. Or you can of course buy GetRight to turn off and remove all the advertising and reminder windows.
The ads in GetRight are the same as the ads you see on nearly every web site.
- Most statements and concerns about the Radiate issues are not clear about which items are just possible (but not being done at all by anyone),
being done by some but not all programs, what was done incorrectly in the past (but has been fixed for awhile now), and what is not being done right by GetRight.
- "Insufficient pre-install disclosure"
- GetRight always has included in the license agreement page of its setup program that it uses and installs the Aureate/Radiate system.
- Since people may not read that license agreement, GetRight 4.2 (released April 4, 2000) and higher versions also say it uses an advertising system on the very first screen in the installer.
- "Files are not uninstalled..."
- GetRight does use the Windows system for installing and uninstalling shared files.
Many other programs also use the Radiate system. Windows has a "Shared DLL" counter system so the last program using a shared file can uninstall it. If other programs do not use the Windows system correctly, it can cause the files to not be uninstalled when they should, or uninstalled when they should not.
Radiate has improved their system to make sure the advertising files are removed after they are no longer needed, even if these shared DLL counters are not correct.
- Third parties have verified that GetRight does correctly remove the advertising files. The popular file archive Simtel.net will not list files if they don't remove the advertising components correctly; they have verified GetRight does uninstall right (so continues to be listed in their archive.)
- GetRight 4.2 and higher in several places for registered users also does link to this page so they may get the program to remove the advertising files. And for registered users upgrading, it will not install the advertising files at all.
- "Collects personal information"
- The advertising systems do give an anonymous and optional survey that allows you to enter as much or as little demographic information (age, interests, etc.) as you like so that you can be shown ads that might be of interest to you. This survey is Optional and Anonymous. No personnally identifiable information is collected.
- "Registered users shouldn't get the advertising files"
- I agree. GetRight 4.2 and higher does much better:
- It does not install the advertising files for registered users.
- It provides information on how to remove any existing advertising files from your computer.
- "Uses your Internet bandwidth"
- Yes, it does use your Internet connection to download the advertisements. But these are all quite small (all that I've seen were under 12k--just a couple seconds for a 56k modem).
These are the same advertising graphics used on nearly every web site. The price you're paying for using all these web sites and programs is downloading and viewing some advertisements.
You get to use something without having to pay...but we can still make some money (but we actually prefer that you would buy).
- If you do not want to be downloading these ads, you can of course buy GetRight to turn off the advertisements.
- Other concerns.
- GetRight and "Phoning Home"...