Well since DJEgg's planning on preserving this thread, I thought I'd pop in and say hello. I'm going to answer people in reverse order... start with "theaftershock" and work backwards through time.
I'm Orf and I work for WT. I used to be a large contribuitor to Genesis3D, creating one of the first gameshells ever for it in ProjectX and helping to cultivate the creation of Seven's Project-Z and Scarab's RealityFactory. I also ran the dojo... being The World Of Genesis for over a year, which is the main support site for Genesis3D. Please remember my contributions to G3D before you start slamming me personally. (cause I know you *really* want to, solely because I work for WT)
I'm not sure if you know this or not, but WildTangent actually owns Genesis3D. This being said, I'm not sure how we could steal our own business. In fact, most of the guys who created G3D, work for WT, the original company "Eclipse Entertainment" is bankrupt and ceases to exist. It was WildTangent who offered to purchase the assets from Eclipse and give all these people jobs. Hardly the work of ba$$tards, at the end of the day, it's nice to have a job.
Now, to head on back to Ikonomi:
We are not and never were spyware, however we formed this reputation a long time ago because our un-installation procedures really sucked and our automatic updater is installed as "automatically enabled". You know it, I know it. We have made strides to improve the installation and uninstallation process since then.
1: The updater is mentioned in the installation (although it still is automatically enabled) and you have to agree to the terms of the eula before continuing the install.
2: We exist on the Windows Add/Remove Programs under "WildTangent Updater" and "WildTangent Web Driver" as well as "WildTangent XXX" where XXX would be the product name of any of our digitally distributed games. I do not believe that our winamp games have an uninstall, for that I'm sorry... but the plugin, which is what we're talking about, does in fact have that uninstall option. This was not the case a year ago.
1: This provides anonymous user data to WildTangent on your system information. To locate what is being sent, please refer to C:\WINNT\wt\wtupdates\wtupdater\appinfo.dat (substitute C:\WINDOWS if you're running a 9X series). It's a text file, open it in notepad. The data inside should look like this:
os_version=5.0.2195(Service Pack 2)
cpu=x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 6
videocard_name=NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS/GeForce2 Pro
soundcard_name=Creative SB Live! Basic (WDM)
soundcard_version=Creative Technology Ltd.
dsound_dll=5.1.2600.881 built by: DShow_Build
ddraw_dll=5.1.2600.881 built by: Lab06_N(mmbuild)
dinput_dll=5.1.2600.881 built by: Lab06_N(mmbuild)
Nothing about who you are or where you're connected is reported. Other popular programs such as the very one you use to listen to audio with.... being Winamp also send anonymous user data. Winamp's is clearly toggle-able in their installer. ICQ is another app that does this. You'll see information like this appearing in store bought games as well. I know of a few game companies who are creating their own solutions for this. I could go on, but essentially, when you want to cater your product to the hardware your users have, you need data on what they have. In the future, everyone's going to have their own solution.
2: You can turn it off. Much like Winamp's data reporting mechanism, you can turn ours off as well. Go to your control panel, WildTangent Control Panel, then uncheck "Automatic Updater Service Enabled" Click OK and you're done. Our updater exists in your processes as "wcmdmgr.exe" if you were wondering what that is. It sends back the appinfo.dat and asks our server if there is a new Web Driver version available to download. The Web Driver is our 3D plugin component. In your latent connect time, if there is a new version, the app will download it automatically to upgrade you to the lastest version. It will not download if you are using bandwidth. ICQ does a similar thing with their's, it auto upgrades itself as well.
If you still don't trust anything we do, hey that's fine, I'm not going to debate with you, just trying to inform... here's how to manually uninstall:
1: Hit the key combination CTRL-SHIFT-ESC to bring up the Windows Task Manager. Click the Processes tab and search for "wcmdmgr.exe" If it's there, select it and click the "End Process" button. If it's not running, then go to step 2.
2: Open C:\Windows or C:\WINNT depending on your OS. Find the folder named "WT" and delete it.
3: Reboot. You're done.
Yes, you'll probably have some registry keys left over when doing this manually, but that's not anything to worry about.
Anyway, that's about all I have to say. I hope I have taught you somethings about WildTangent products today that hasn't been said before.
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