I've noticed that, in the last half-decade or so, the installers of many programs themselves have acquired downloaders -- which sometimes need separate installation! -- which in turn delete themselves and the installer once the installation. (Adobe Flash Player and Google Chrome are some of the many examples.)
But I don't understand: What is the reason behind this shift?
Why is it so difficult to find offline installers for programs (even small ones), even though the only thing the downloaders do is just download the offline installer? And why do they delete the installer after they're finished, never giving the user the chance to run the program standalone?