FileZilla’s new ads-bundled installer and it’s screaming users

Well, you might probably know about it already but as I don’t change my laptop that often, I didn’t notice about it until when I tried to install the FileZilla on my new laptop last month.

Look at those screenshots below. pretty weird, isn’t it? I was so shock to see those creepy ads inside my favorite opensource installer..

Fuck up Ads on SourceForge or FileZille Installer #2 Fuck up Ads on SourceForge or FileZille Installer

But the first thing that I think was that it might be “SourceForge” that was putting those crap in all installers that are being hosted on SF’s site. No way the FileZilla team would have done like that.


After a few google search, I came across this post “Sourceforge pushing crap EXEs instead of filezilla installer” posted by someone who had a same thought that I had earlier. :)

This link includes the conversation between the developer of FileZilla and the community. You can go and read it as well. but it’s a lengthy post so I am just going to share some highlights that I think is important.


The developer confirmed that those ads are not secretly pushed by SourceForge. It’s the developer who want to push those ads in his installer. Here is what he said.

 This is intentional. The installer does not install any spyware and clearly offers you a choice whether to install the offered software.

If you need an unbundled installer, you can still download it from


The community (including me) were shock to learn the hard and ugly truth. Some users complained that FileZilla is no longer be a trust software and they are going to stop using it in future. The developer from FileZilla replied as below saying that he is still interested in the community’s opinion ( Please refer to this link )~

You are being given the choice to accept or decline the offers, nothing is forced upon you. If I were not interested in your opinion, I would have simply pushed third-party software upon you without your consent.
As for the perceived silence: I’ve already stated all relevant information, should I repeat them ad nauseam?

last but not the least, someone asked the FileZilla developer

Would you be fine with someone who gave you a free car replacing it with one that is radioactive?

The developer replied ~

That analogy isn’t correct. Better version: Someone used to give you a free car in the past. These days, he still gives you the free car, but in addition asks whether you also want a random truck.

But I believe that analogy is not correct or better either. My version would be: “Someone used to give you a free car in past, These day, he asks you whether you want some crap a couple of time before giving you the free car”


Of course, you can feel free to use another FTP client but if you still want to use the FileZille and you don’t want to see those creepy ads then there is a workaround.

In the download page, don’t download the “Recommended” installer. Instead, you click on “Show additional download options”.


FileZille Ads Suck


In next page, you will see another “recommended” installer for you to download. I am not sure that there are two recommendations for our windows users but ya. if you want the ads-free, this is the one that you should download.


FileZille another recommendation


You can also verify the correct installer by looking at the icon or the size of installer.

SF FileZilla Vs Original FileZilla

Okie. This is not a normal tech post that I used to write but it’s sad to see that FileZilla went to this part. What are your thoughts?

2 Replies to “FileZilla’s new ads-bundled installer and it’s screaming users”

  1. I had a customer install FileZilla recently and it installed 4 separate crap programs when the customer only blindly accepted 2. I tested on my computer and noticed that the application descriptions were so under intensified that they look like the normal part of the FileZill. This is clearly subversive marketing crap. I also got more applications installed than accepted, do to the fact that bundled apps also bundling, changing browser search engines and desktop settings without any confirmations. — Pulling Filezilla from my small enterprise (Hundreds of locations).

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