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I’m about to uninstall iTunes.

I had been thinking about installing iTunes for a few weeks, and when Bob Benz praised it in the comments to this post, I thought, “OK, maybe I’ll give it a try now.”

It’s been nothing but an exercise in frustration. The only way it works is if I turn my firewall off, which I really don’t want to do and shouldn’t have to do each time I want to use iTunes. The firewall logs seem to indicate that iTunes wants to do something on port 1433. I’ve tried giving it permission of port 1433, giving it precedence over using port 1433, even disabling my block on port 1433 (which is really a bad move for my particular system configuration), but that didn’t help. I also tried messing with port 1027, which is also normally blocked on my system. No go. I am stuck with my only option being to completely disable the firewall, as far as I can figure.

But that’s not my only complaint about iTunes — my biggest complaint is that there is no way to preview songs. You either buy and download or you don’t hear. That’s a deal breaker for me. If I’m going to pay for something, I want to ensure myself that I like it. If you know how to preview on iTunes, let me know, cause so far I can’t see it.

Speaking of file sharing and software — I did something really, really, really stupid a few weeks ago. I downloaded some free filesharing application. Download.com said it DIDN’T have any adware or spyware with it. Not true. I immediately uninstalled it, but by then it was too late. I haven’t been able to get rid of this crapware since. Adaware hasn’t helped. PestPatrol, which I paid $35 or something for, hasn’t helped. I’ve also manually searched and destroyed. No good.

My system is getting a little bloated anyway, so I guess I might as well bring out the weapons of mass destruction next month and reformat my hard drives and reinstall everything from OS on up. That is apparently the only way I’m going to get rid of the crapware on my system.

Hey, you attorneys out there — can’t this crapware perpetrators be sued or something?

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