Corel back-dooring my Mac? Really Disappointed in Corel!

So I was sitting tonight, minding my business using my mac, when all of a sudden a window appears on my screen. It’s an ad for a CorelDraw sale (I’ll attach it here if I can... Looks an awful lot like the ones I see on my PC). Now I know what you are thinking… I was using Corel, I was surfing the web… nope! I had Mac mail open, I was writing in iMessage and not another thing was open and running! Most Mac users would find this peculiar I would think?

When I click it, it does not identify its host program in the title bar, only finder. I cannot resize or change the window in any way… there is only the ability to close it. I move if off to the side of the screen to investigate further. I open and close various programs, still there. I start activity monitor and look for any services running that may contribute to this… nothing jumped out at me, though I'm not sure what I'm looking for. 

I figured it was because I had downloaded the Mac demo of CDGS2020. I want it to be great, the Mac version… but it’s never quite been as fully cooked as the PC counterpart, so I continue to use it in a VM. A little miffed at Corels apparent intrusion, I decide I’ll remove the demo from my machine. Wait… I already did? Thats right… my demo expired, and I tossed it in the trash, and emptied it some time ago... maybe a month or more? My PC version resides in a VM on my desktop... not even my laptop!

To be sure however, I did a search and spotlight returned a massive amount of data. My library folder is FULL of Corel files… gigs worth of information, not just a few pesky leftover files. The application is gone, but not the additional data.

So the question that begs to be asked, how was Corel able to serve up advertising to me, for software that was uninstalled from my Mac? I have never had another popup window suddenly appear like this before, offering ads, especially without identifying itself on my Mac. Especially after said software is supposedly removed from the computer? Which… with gigs of leftover data in my library folder, I would hardly consider this “removed”. Did the developers get sloppy?

A moot point, but when I hit the X to close the window finally, it rather awkwardly moved itself to the middle of my screen, and slowly scrolled itself out of site under my taskbar!

Anyone got any explanations? Corel? Care to explain?

  • Well I’m happy to report that after I took out the trash for Corel, no more ads! Interestingly enough… we’ve yet to have anyone from Corel comment? 

    It’s funny, it’s been a lot of years since I have been in this forum, and it’s great to see David is still debating the the merits of Mac and PC. I say, to each their own! I drive a Toyota, you might drive Ford… they’ll both get from point A to point B. Is there a reason we need to hash that out, over and over? I think if you are here for a “who’s got a bigger sword” fight, you’ve completely missed the point of my post in the first place.

    I’ve used CorelDraw on both Mac and PC, and you know what… it draws! :) The point of my post is to get someone from Corel to acknowledge and explain why they leave all this junk behind on my Mac, after I’ve removed their software. Why do they feel it’s okay to serve me up unrestricted ads in my OS, after I’ve removed it? How does this fit in with a privacy policy or disclaimers when we install? Is there somewhere in the fine print that says we have to give our machines to Corel perpetually for their advertising needs, without a proper means to remove it?

    I’m just curious what anyone from Corel has to say… or will they say nothing?

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