I don’t know why more fuss hasn’t been made about the fact that Verizon has loaded up devices updated to Froyo with adware. I was excited when my Droid Incredible updated to Froyo, but now every time I plug my device into my laptop, I’m asked if I want to install Verizon’s crappy media software, AND I’m taken to the Verizon VCast website, where a lengthy advertisement plays.
EVERY TIME I PLUG IN THE DEVICE.
The fix is also surprisingly hidden, but here is how you turn off the Verizon ad pop-up when you plug in your Android device (disable VCast launch):
- Dial ##7764726
- Hit Call
- Type Password is 000000
- Hit Feature Settings
- Choose CD ROM
- Click Disable
- Hit menu, commit modifications (it will say no item changed)
- Back out to home
For some reason, when I try the above, my keyboard won’t work and thus I cannot enter the password. So, I tried the following method that another kind soul suggested:
What I found with this is that when the dialog to install the software is up if you check windows device manager you will see another cd drive. if you right click that drive for the properties you can disable it so on future usb connections the software will not try to load. This way you do not have to disable auto start for everything on the PC. –MrElk, Verizon Wireless Droid Community Forums
The above method definitely worked, but realize that you need to enter your Windows Device Manager WHILE the pop-up dialogue is open (once you dismiss the dialogue, the drive disappears from the Device Manager). After restarting my computer, the phone still opens the windows “auto play” dialogue (which I want), but does NOT activate the VCast pop up or spawn a browser window with the VCast ad.
I also found this extremely interesting:
BTW: I contacted VZW through this site, about the pop-up and they said there was no way to disable it; that it would cease if I downloaded the software. I gave that a shot even though I wasn't going to use it. Of course, after its downloaded, it starts up when you plug the phone in!!! –Jeff1953, Verizon Wireless Droid Community Forums
Isn’t it awesome that Verizon is LYING to their customers (as if the adware wasn’t heinous enough).