What is Google installer, and why is it trying to access the Internet?
I just reinstalled Zonealarm on all our computers. After paying for more bandwidth, we ran out in a day. Either some malware us using one or more of our computers for spam, or Telkom’s meters need need recalibrating. No way are we uploading 50 to 70 Megabytes a DAY!
So I reinstalled ZoneAlarm from scratch, not as an update, which means revoking all previous permissions. And then I get lots of messages saying “Google installer is trying to access the Internet”.
Well, I ask SmartAdvisor for advice, and it says:
- If you do not know what Google Installer is, or why it is trying to connect, deny it permission. You can always grant permission later if you need to.
- After you deny permission, determine whether Google Installer still performs the functions you need it to. If it does, no further action is required. If it doesn’t, use the Programs tab to grant access permission.
Right, well I don’t know what it is, or why it needs to access the Internet every ten minutes, so I’m denying it permission. Maybe it has been responsible for thase massive uploads.
And then I see these advertisements — get R1500 off your new laptop if you sign a contact for 250 Mb of Internet access each month for two years. 250 Mb? Are they joking? That’s about one day’s Internet access nowadays. And if you work out the cost it’s about 80c a megabyte. Telkom charges about 7c a megabyte, and I can’t afford that at the rate they bill me for it.