I hate RealPlayer

I just installed free RealPlayer to my computer in order to watch Finnish news channel. After searching free version 10 minutes because they are pushing their commercial version of it everywhere. I cant understand why are they making free version if it’s so well hidden in their website. Why dont they do like Apple QuickTime where you have same install for commercial version.
After installing RealPlayer I found million new shortcuts on my desktop which I really didn’t want. I think they are really killing their product by doing too much pushing spam with it. I bet my pc is now full of spyware as well.