tl;dr: Don’t install DBComparer because it may install crapware for you.
Last week, I needed to use a SQL SERVER 2008 database compare tool for work. After searching for clues on Stackoverflow, I decided to give DBComparer a try! I am generally a very careful person on what I install and I remember having used this tool before so I gave it another go. I distinctly remember telling it to NOT install the babylon toolbar on my machine. Few days later, I installed SSMS Tool Pack.
Then, I started noticing that my machine was slowing down. All of a sudden, my search defaults were changed to babylon. I uninstalled the extensions from chrome, reset the search defaults and continued on my way. The machine continued to crawl. I had an SSD on there and opening a simple txt file would take 5 seconds when normally it would take less than 1. I immediately uninstalled SSMS Tool Pack thinking it was the culprit but even that didn’t help. I ended up having to wipe the machine. Completely. The SSD is now sitting on my desk.
Today, I asked the author of SSMS Tools Pack, Mladen Prajdic about babylon in his installer. He quickly pointed out that his tool pack does not use it. I installed his tool pack and no Babylon. And I apologized for rushing to judgement.
So I dug around a bit more and came up with what I found to be the culprit. I’m not sure if its intentional on DBComparer’s part but they really should take that crapware off! I am a little pissed off about this. See highlighted at the bottom on the image. [Google Cache Source of image]
To reiterate, it says “…we may show optional offers, such as the Babylon Toolbar.” Now, I did download the installer for the DbCompare site directly. Did they add it in?
Wow, just had about enough of that Babylon crap myself today. Funny you just posted this yesterday. I’ve had this crap for a couple of months now at least. Tried manually cleaning but then realized every time I ran dbcomparer it re-added everything back to browsers. I’m sure I opted to not get Babylon when I installed this. What a stinking pile of crap – if your software is good you do not need to resort to these tactics. FAIL!
Thanks for your comment Randy. Luckily there are alternatives both free and paid. SQL Compare from Redgate is hands down the best I’ve seen (http://www.red-gate.com/products/sql-development/sql-compare/) but you have to pay for it.
Microsoft has created the SQL Server 2012 data tools (http://www.develop.com/sqlservertwelvedatatools) which can be installed into VS2010. The tool works on SQL 2008 and up. It’s free and works adequately.