I have just allowed Adobe (Acrobat) Reader to update itself, fair enough, though it is still remarkably slow to load on first use.
I keep a clean desktop, with shortcuts only for the things I use on a regular basis (at least daily).
I keep my Start Menu under control (am still using XP).
I think I might have computer-specific OCD, but that’s not my point.
My point is that Adobe have decided to re-add a shortcut to a programme which is never run directly.
If I ever have to use Adobe Reader, it’s to read a file, so it’s a (link to a) file that I open.
The updater also added a shortcut to my Start Menu, despite the fact that there’s one there already, in a folder I created.
This in turn caused Windows to inform me that a new programme had been installed.
Are they trying to get me to use the programme more often? If so, why? It’s a free programme anyway!
One reply on “Automatically Added Start Menu / Desktop Icons”
I think Adobe and the others want to maximize share-of-mind, and the best proxy for that is share-of-desktop. If you see their shortcut on your desktop every day, you’ll also be thinking about them.