I remember MS considered IE a part of their OS a while back and I believe they lost an anti-trust suit because of it. I am pretty sure it is iTunes which forced the download as it appreared after I installed iTunes. I have my browser settings pretty restrictive. If something gets downloaded it usually asks me first.Also in regards to quicktime. You have to blame web sites for that, they add code that causes quicktime to download. However, quicktime is part of Apple's OS and it won't die. The complaint needs to go to web site that want to use a quicktime plugin. I am pretty sure Apple isn't forcing any web sites to use this plugin.