If you select the "Customize" option, at the next window, you can configure installation options, including the directory where Vuze will be installed.
At the next "Install Vuze Offer" window, do not leave "Express install includes the extensions by Spigot (Browser Extensiions(IE), Shopping Assistant/New Tab Helper(GC), Slick Savings/StartPage/Ebay Assistant(FF). Set Yahaoo! as my default search, home & new tab pages (IE/FF/GC)." selected. Instead, select "Custom install (for advanced users). If you don't want your default search engine changed, uncheck "Make Yahoo! my default search (IE/FF/GC)" to preserve the settings you had in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome. Also uncheck "Install the Extensions by Spigot (Browser Extensions (IE), Shopping Assistant/New Tab Helper (GC), Slick Savings/StartPage/Ebay Assistant(FF))".
At the next window, you will see "Recommended by Vuze: GeniusBox", with "GeniusBox adds a useful dock at the top of popular websites, which provides related search results and search page adds which are not affiliated with the underlying websites. To enable our features, GeniusBox installs as a local proxy and collects information about your online activities, including the content of encrypted web pages." Do Not click on the Accept button on this screen; click on Decline. If you click on Accept, the bundled GeniusBox adware software will be installed.
The Terms of Service (the version at the GeniusBox website is accessible here) for the bundled GeniusBox software state "The GeniusBox Application may protect itself from unwanted third party software trying to interfere with it or disable it." They are likely referring to antivirus and antispyware software that may try to remove this security and privacy threat from the computer on which it was installed. That statement implies to me that they will try to evade anti-malware software; I'd be wary of the techniques they may employ to that end. The Terms of Service for the software do mention "that it may interfere with the functionality of other applications."
The Terms of Service list the following company as being behind this adware:
GeniusBox/Wisconsin Technology Group
11414 W. Park Pl. Suite 202
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224-3500
After declining the installation of the GeniusBox software, I saw a "Vuze Featured Content" window advertising The Island Book Series. It looked interesting to me, though at that point given the prior recommendation to install the GeniusBox adware, I was wary of any offers from Vuze, I clicked on Accept to see what would happen. But, in this case, it simply led to Vuze downloding a book in epub format along with a JPG image, and an HTML file at the conclusion of the Vuze installation. Double-clicking on the HTML file took me to the The Island Book Series webpage, which requested an email address to "unlock the full bundle".
Created: Sunday January 18, 2015