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  1. Ed Edwards

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    This place:
    http://www.cbs.com/

    won't let me do anything there until I download one of:

    1. Windows Media Player
    or
    2. Real Media Player

    Which is the least likely to contain spyware?

    BTW, all I want to do is look at STILL PIX of the
    Big Brother House.
     
  2. Jeff Weaver

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    I've downloaded both, no problems with either one, but I keep Norton running in the background constantly.
     
  3. JamieinNH

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    If given the choice, I would opt for Windows Media Player. Real Media Player has a tendency<sp> to hog system resources. Neither of them contain spyware that I have ever heard of.

    In my opinion, Windows Media Player just works better, with less system resources being used.

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    True, Windows Media Player is the better of the two. If you want to avoid both are programs called Real Alternative and Windows Media Player Classic.

    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/

    Both have operated fine for me in the past, take up very little system resources and do not appear to contain spyware or anything.

    I think this sort of software comes from people who distribute programs for free just to annoy Bill Gates and his ilk.
     
  5. Ed Edwards

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    But CBS, who is in league with the antichrist (Bill Gates), only
    gives me the two choices, I've got to have one of them.
    Say, how does CBS know which movie player I have or don't
    have? Yes, CBS is in league with the antichrist :tear:

    Anyway, thanks for those opinions. I'll give Windows Media Player
    a try again. I've had both these resources, but everytime i have my
    pictures put on a disk professionally, the disk takes out my movie reader
    and/or picture handling programs. Bad form folks, can i pick my own
    movie player please?
     
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    Steer clear of Real Player. It's major bloatware, and it likes taking things over... whether you want it to or not.

    While I'm no fan of Microsoft's business practices, I have to admit the WMP is a pretty decent program. I use the WMP11 beta (if it's still beta by now).
     
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    how does cbs.com know what kind of player I have?

    I have Windows Media Player now ???
     
  8. JamieinNH

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    When you install software, it generally sets itself up as default to open certain files. Windows Media Player will set itself as the default program to play movies and music unless you have told it not to, or unless you change it after installing it.

    When you click on a link at CBS.com and it's a movie file, your system will look for the "default" program to open, and since WMP is the default, it will open the file with WMP.

    CBS doesn't know what program you have, it only serves up links, unless there are two or more different links to the same program. Some companies have the same movie/music in different formats to accomodate<sp> different users.

    So it's your computer picking the default program to run when you click a link, not CBS.com.


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  9. Ed Edwards

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    Now that I can see those places and use
    Windows Media Player, i find spaces that say:

    This page requires Macromedia Flash 8 plugin or higher.

    Is CBS (the folk who exposed Exxon profiteering in the
    late 1970s - when Exxon doubled their profit from 1% return
    on investment /ROI/ to 2% ROI - while the exposer CBS
    was making 12% ROI) in bed with the spyware makers?
     

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