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SUMo Comments

Download "SUMo Lite", to get only this app, with no extra software bundled in the installer. 1 Helpful

Comment by djreed09
about SUMo Oct 2014

Download "SUMo Lite", to get only this app, with no extra software bundled in the installer.

I suggest adding separate alternativeTo entry for "SUMo Lite"? I am not sure if beneficial. What do the more experienced users think of that? Would that help, or not worth it? Would that allow safely having a listing that is not flagged, with name of the recommended download/item name/title?

Pay attention on the original creator/developer/publisher (KC Softwares) download site, they show several download options (bundles/packages) for the same item/product/title (with icons/images, see the icons legend for meaning).

The SUMo Lite option is only their software program, with no extra software bundled. (What we really want.)

The extra software is why this is flagged here as suspicious or potentially harmful. I would describe the extra software as potentially unwanted, basically adware or marketing software (which may acquire usage & statistics info too).

In addition to "Relevant Knowledge" (RK) adware, I think they also bundle extra software OpenCandy. If you get the "SUMo lite" download, you avoid extra/additional bundled software.


Recommended with all modern day software installers -
Always select & go through all the options, avoid just doing the default install (recommended, express, simple, etc.).
Install(er) options like custom, options, advanced, etc.

So you can see all the possible options, including any displayed extra software you want to not install (opt out, unselect, decline, etc.).

Pay attention to the displayed options, & decide what you want & do not want, & how you want the install to be done, & change settings/options as needed.

This may take more time, effort, evaluation, & decisions, yet I think it is worth it. So many software installers include extras that you may not want, taking the time to do this gives you maximum control over what is installed or now, & how. Some software installs extra software with no choice; however many do have options & choices, if you select the install options that show you all the possible options/choices.
I suggest a best practice in modern times is for everyone to go through all the options & choices, like an advanced user. Gone are the days where it is safe for a regular user to choose the default or simple install.
Plus you get a chance to see all the options for the software you are expecting, & see the provided options. You may want a change in how the install is done or the settings, by default.


Much free software is compensated or gets income from the extra bundled software, when installed & especially when run or used. It can help support the cost of developing, maintaining, & distributing.



Negative Comment by SeReGa
about SUMo Jan 2012

Installs ADSPY/NaviPromo.J


Main version of SUMo packs Adware, so install the "SUMo Lit ...

Comment by DevilishVicious
about SUMo Jun 2011

Main version of SUMo packs Adware, so install the "SUMo Lite" version instead. It's Adware free and works great.


To clarify, I elected NOT to install the RK stuff. It did a ...

Comment by Nishidake
about SUMo Jun 2011

To clarify, I elected NOT to install the RK stuff. It did anyway. Then it started trying to hijack my browser settings. I ended up having to manually remove registry entires to get rid of it once and for all. It really gets it's hooks into your system. NOT the type of software any reputable developer's application should be keeping company with under any circumstances. And it's silly to blame the user and say 'oh well you can just download the version WITHOUT malware if you want to'. They shouldn't be bundling nasties with their product anyway!


...need RK? What would you NEED malware for? I'm extremely ...

Negative Comment by kompulsive
about SUMo and FileHippo App Manager Jun 2011

...need RK? What would you NEED malware for? I'm extremely disappointed to see the malware included with SUMo lately. Prior to this, I was a big fan. Lately I use FileHippo for the few programs it checks on updates for and manually check for everything else. Kind of a pain, but better than malware.


If you don't need RK, you can download the standalone (zip) ...

Comment by joshas
about SUMo Jun 2011

If you don't need RK, you can download the standalone (zip) version or sumo_lite.


Used to be a nice piece of software before they bundled it ...

Comment by Nishidake
about SUMo Jun 2011

Used to be a nice piece of software before they bundled it with malware from Relevant Knowledge