WildTangent is an online gaming plugin bundle from Wildtangent.com, containing
the WildTangent Web Driver, WildTangent Multiplayer Library, WildTangent Updater and WildTangent GameChannel.
WildTangent is downloaded as a standard setup .exe file
or installed by an activeX control from the vendor’s web site. WildTangent
is also bundled with Games from WildTangent and some WinAmp plugins.
Some Internet Service providers such as
Verizon and Bellsouth
install the WildTangent software. Some desktops from HP
comes with WildTangent installed. AOL Instant Messenger 5.5 bundles
WildTangent Multiplayer Library,
Updater and WebDriver without any notice in the End User License Agreement.
has more information about how WildTangent is installed on the users’ system.
WildTangent has an automatic update feature:
‘The WildTangent Updater, or wcmdmgr.exe, as it is known to your computer system,
is our automated support engine; because of the complexity and rapid innovation of
cutting-edge 3d hardware these days, we have decided on an automated solution for
supporting all the latest hardware out there. The Updater allows your computer to
periodically check in with our servers and see if an update is available. If so, it
downloads and installs the new version without interrupting your work.’
You can configure WildTangent not to update automatically.
WildTangent use Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) when connecting
their servers in order to identify
your installation of the software. These GUIDs are not shared with any third parties
according to the vendor.
The vendor’s write-up about the information WildTangent collects:
‘We collect certain system configuration information through our software such as your computer’s
CPU speed, video card configuration, and DirectX version. We use this information to adjust the
way our games and other software work in order to ensure their best possible performance. We also
collect certain product usage information through our software such as the number of product
launches and time spent playing a product.
Our software includes a service that updates the GameChannel menu located in your Start folder
with the latest games. Periodically, your computer will connect to our servers to receive the
latest product updates. New product availability information or messages are transparently and
unobtrusively transferred to your computer in the background, allowing you to review them later
when you’re off-line. You can access these product updates in the Game Channel folder of your
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