Yet again, random pop up ads are appearing on my computer from Corel, running from their so-called Update Helper. This isn't a web ad or anything like that, this is a malware-esque pop-up that loads in the OS and appears on top of any other windows until you close it. Not only that, just having this pop-up open is somehow gobbling up 6% of my Core i7 CPU.
FOR A PURCHASED PIECE OF SOFTWARE, DISPLAYING THESE POP-UP ADS WHEN YOU AREN'T EVEN RUNNING THE PROGRAM IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.
Others have complained about this too in the past, and Corel's tech support plays dumb and acts like they're surprised this happens. I already disabled this before with Painter 2017 and 2018, and after installing 2019 again, surprise--it's back. Even if it's easily disabled, this should not be something that is opted-in by default, and is just another example of the stupid amount of effort Corel puts into trying to push their product sales instead of improving them.
AuzL If your team is 'watching like a hawk...' Seriously, this sort of stuff makes me not want to ever spend another cent on something with Corel's name on it.
One advantage of these pop up ads is that they occasionally offer a lower price than Corel's other sales. - I've gotten Painter for $99 that way.
I respect your opinion, but I couldn't disagree more about this being a good thing or advantageous. A 'professional' piece of software should never be doing this, especially if you've paid the purchase price. I haven't seen a single other piece of software outside of Corel's do this, except for malware. Their 'Update Helper' is an adware engine.
Is strange once popped out on mine, but I disable it and never see it once more.
I made sure the preferences had this tray advertisement disabled when I posted last time, and surprise, it just popped up again. This screenshot includes the message settings showing that I shouldn't be seeing these at all--exactly the same issue that somebody else reported on this forum with older versions.
Of course I could just nuke that "Update Helper" file completely, which I am about to do. But the point is, I shouldn't have to, and even with it being disabled in the messaging preferences it still appears.
Corel is making us pay for their adware.