I love it. My son has called me with the 3rd game he wants to sign up for on the computer.
“This time I checked,” he said, “It says right on their site there are no viruses, no malware, and no spyware!”
“Buddy,” I replied, “If I was going to write software that installed a virus, or did something nasty, do you think I would admit that on my website or tell you it was safe?”
“You’d tell me it was safe…” he glumly responded (The guilt we must endure as we save them from themselves. Agonizing, ain’t it?)
So, I visited the website… www.PlayPickle.com – and look…they have Super Mario Brothers!! For Free!! And below their disclaimer they say they have an easily removed ad-sponsored toolbar. Wow, that is almost convincing! But what are the odds that Play Turtle, LLC bought the rights to produce this game from Nintendo? I think not… Nintendo would never do something that stupid for a tiny company based out of Wyoming.
So, I give these scammers some credit – they admit they don’t own the rights to Super Mario Brothers, and they admit that they are installing software on your computer. But what they don’t tell you is, that cute little game your child is playing, is illegal. If they are willing to violate the law to produce a game without permission from the owner, why in the world would anyone trust them to NOT install something nasty on your machine? Think that “ad supported toolbar” is really gone when you uninstall? I doubt it.
And this “approved installation” makes it one of the most dangerous kinds of software, because it has YOUR permission to install. Who knows what kind of information is being leeched off your machine. IMHO, do yourself a favor, endure the guilt trip, and just say no. In the meantime, he will JUST have to make do with the 4 other Mario-based games we got for him over the last couple years. Sigh… must this life be so rough on the poor chap?