I received a notice to update my beloved Windows Live Writer* yesterday. I unthinkingly downloaded the installer.
It was a Trojan Horse. No, not a "Trojan" as in a carrier for anonymous malware, "Trojan Horse" in the historic sense of a gift containing unwanted vermin.
The installer has plagued my system with a suite of Windows Live products that I don't want and that are almost certain to reduce system stability. Now I have to tediously uninstall:
- Live Call
- Live Messenger
- Photo Gallery
- Live Family Safety
- various Outlook add-ins
- heaven knows what else
Now you know. Don't make my mistake.