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  CoreTemp Download Now Installs An "Installation Manager" 
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john albrich Jun 28, 2012, 11:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I just ran across this and thought it worth mentioning as CoreTemp is used by quite a few people. This is a major change, and in my opinion...not for the better. I don't know how many other programs have started using this "InstallQ" installation manager, but it does seem their client base is growing. If you use CoreTemp I encourage you to search the internet and read user experiences with InstallQ.

Freeware/donateware CoreTemp has started using some kind of Persistent Installation Manager (IM), instead of a simple "Installer". This IM does a number of things that I consider far outside the purvue of the archetypal Installer.

In my mind, the correct use of an Installer is to do JUST enough to safely install a program on your computer with minimal fuss, AND minimal intrusion to your computer and you. An installer should not leave ANY non-program functionality related footprints in your system. Some installers provide an "opt-out" on installing one or two additional items (e.g. a toolbar), but this IM seems to take it to an extreme level.

This change bothers me in a number of ways.

It appears to do the following in addition to simply installing CoreTemp.

-Installs a PERSISTENT internet download and installation manager that maintains records on your computer. AND...even if you uninstall the IM..."certain data such as folders, files, registry keys, and cookies, may remain on your machine".
In other words, after "uninstalling" YOU still have to manually find and delete those items, and you might not find them all, and I daresay most users wouldn't even try.

-During installation, you have to go through a possibly LONG list of additional "offerings" to not install, including:
toolbars, browser add-ons/extensions, game applications, anti-virus applications, and other types of applications. Also, from what I can infer from their privacy policy
they do aggregate your personal information from "OTHER SOURCES" and what I've read suggests they may send you emails for contests and subscriptions, and other offerings (if they aren't offered in the installation process itself :/ )

-Sets persistent cookies
Product and last session. Keeps track of when and which "products" you downloaded*. Although it claims no personally identifiable information is included in the cookies, an INSTALLER has no business putting cookies on my computer. On the plus side, they do provide generic Windows information on how to manuallyremove the cookies (for Internet Explorer only). But, in my opinion, if an program installer is going to start putting cookies on my computer, it should provide an opt-out to PREVENT the cookies in the first place.

-Installs a "Unique Installer ID"
Used to allow the IM system to recognize you during subsequent visits or software installations. Again, they provide the generic Windows information to manually remove the registry entries, but they SHOULD provide an opt-out to PREVENT the registry entries in the first place.

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Even if you uninstall the installation manager..."certain data such as folders, files, registry keys, and cookies, may remain on your machine".
In other words, you still have to MANUALLY find and delete those items, and you might not find them all.

[quote]Note: I do not regularly use CoreTemp. It is a program I've examined from time to time simply to evaluate how CPU temperature sensing/reporting technology evolves. This major change in the download/installation environment is not a comment on the quality of CoreTemp program itself. However, I have noted problems with the reliability of CoreTemp reports on various motherboards/CPUs. CoreTemp Ver 1.0 and above is supposed to address those issues. I applaud CoreTemp for a freeware/donateware program and wish them the best via donations. However, the underplayed switch to this installation manager is not appreciated.

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Paul Knoll Oct 31, 2012, 11:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: CoreTemp Download Now Installs An "Installation Manager"
Without making some adjustments elsewhere, CoreTemp files appear necessary for the running of CPU temperature monitoring.

Back some time ago I installed CoreTemp as an adjunct to the All CPU Meter to monitor my dual core temps. I found that the CoreTemp v0.99.73 32-bit sent repeating error messages when my laptop woke up from sleep mode on battery. When The All CPU Meter v.4.0.5 came along that required PC Monitor to register the CPU temps, I thought I had solved the error message problem. Nope. Uninstalling CoreTemp only removed the icon links for the software. CoreTemp continued to run and give error messages. (Interestingly, as observed elsewhere in my reading, my CoreTemp had also read CPU temps roughly 10įC higher than PC Monitor.) When corresponding with the ALCPU representative, I deleted the CoreTemp.exe file and this solved the error messages.

Two other CoreTemp files were found in the CoreTemp folder in Program Files, namely: CoreTemp.ini and Plugins.ini. When either or both of these INI files were removed from the folder, the PC Monitor, with All CPU Meter, began to register excessive temperatures. The CoreTemp.ini file now contains the
Overheat protection settings
(OHP) for my machine.

Other contents of the CoreTemp.ini file seem pretty innocuous with only the OHP settings being of any substance. My Plugins.ini file contained only the word in brackets, [Plugins].

Unless someone can direct me, and me direct my machine, back to the original location of the OHP settings, it is necessary to keep the two CoreTemp INI files in the CoreTemp folder in Program Files after removing CoreTemp.exe from my machine.

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