You can use the Offline installers , they do not have that bloatware. they can be found here at the bottom of the page, is the only way to not deal with it.
If you need a simple solution to remove the McAfee stuff, click on my profile on here and look at the links specifically the sourceforge link, then choose browse all files. You will find something that will completely remove it and all stray files related to it.
I actually get mixed results with my ad blocker. Sometimes I see it, and others times i do not.
I did not see it so I disable ad blocker, opened a private browsing window , and seen the offer, I downloaded the stub when i could not see the two offers and never got the additional pup installs with adblocker turned on.
I then cleared cookies from adobe and enable ad blocker, restarted browser, and then seen the offers to install them.
I am wondering if this is a cookie thing as well?
Thanks to everyone for your help. Here are further details in response... I am not running a specific ad-blocker. Since I first posed this 'rant' and my latest repeat of it, I installed AVG 'free' edition, which apparently & interestingly prevented McAfee from installing (in previous instances,I simply went to my Uninstall option to rid myself of it - this time it was nowhere to be found). MS True Key was another unwanted add-on, which I've apparently managed to uninstall in the same way.
I am sick and tired of Adobe and its stupid unwanted McAfee installations. I have protection software that is much better than McAfee.
Because McAfee interferes with installed antivirus software, sometimes I will go for a year without installing an update. Also, I don't have time to go through all the machinations of uninstalling McAfee. Often I just abandon a web page, especially an advertisement, rather than having to deal with giving permission to run Flash. Why does Adobe do this when everyone hates it so much?
This whole thing make me very distrustful of Adobe generally as a software provider. If they have to resort to this subterfuge, what else are they doing secretly?
There is a checkbox against Mcafee offering. You can deselect the same and proceed.