In the latest development (at least as far as I have experienced it), MacUpdate uses what it calls a ‘MacUpdate Bundle
to update certain software. I first noticed this today with MacUpdate’s Little Snitch 3.6.1 updater
. It consists of a disk image containing several items, including a small Little Snitch updater file, (apparently to go with) the MacUpdate Desktop
app, plus a folder called ‘Manual Install’ containing the LittleSnitch-3.6-5.dmg.
Note that this bundle does NOT appear to contain any adware**
, but may be an attempt to increase the use of MacUpdate’s software auto-updating utility MacUpdate Desktop
. The bundle image also contains a complete Little Snitch updater, albeit not the latest one, but version 3.6. MacUpdate also lists a link to the software publisher’s website, allowing the user to check or download an update directly.
Despite this potentially confusing development, I still think consolidator sites like MU are useful, if only as a means to track update availability. But their simple and safe usage may get compromised by 'value-added' bundles like these.*
) NOT to be confused with the MacUpdate discount software bundles.**
) I do not use the MacUpdate Desktop
utility, and so cannot vouch for the absence of adware activities there, but I haven’t heard anything to the contrary either.