#1 By: howtogeek, July 27th, 2013 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/168691/how-to-avoid-installing-junk-programs-when-downloading-free-software/
The web is littered with traps for novice users when downloading software, from fake “Download” buttons that are actually advertisements to installers full of bundled toolbars and other junk software. Learning how to avoid the junk is an important skill.
#2 By: Naman Sood, July 27th, 2013 07:28
One good way to identify fake download buttons: they'll have some sort of logo on a corner. Example:
#3 By: Nj Makunura, July 27th, 2013 08:43
and try to untick the boxes instead of sailing through the installation - you might miss something like this:
THE TERRIBLE ASK TOOLBAR
If you managed to get infected with the absolutely terrible Ask Toolbar on your computer, don’t be ashamed – it could happen to anybody. Especially considering that is bundled with the equally awful Java runtime. Those people should be ashamed of themselves.
#4 By: lhamil64, July 27th, 2013 09:05
I wonder how hard it would be to implement some kind of detection algorithm into an AV program that would alert you when you get to a section on an installer with software you shouldn't install.
Heck, they could even have a list of popular installers (like Flash Player and Java) that automatically trigger a popup telling you to be careful.
#5 By: theMike, July 27th, 2013 10:33
i've noticed google chrome being bundled into installs. a lot of nontechie computers i've worked on have no idea how it got there. so googles claim to be one of the top browsers isn't really by consumers choice. i've never seen firefox bundled into an installation.
#6 By: StevenTorrey, July 27th, 2013 10:44
And some are downright impossible to get rid of. I ended up with Conduit tool bar with something else called VisualBee. Despite taking it down from the control panel, despite correcting the 'manage add-ons'--it still persisted--taking over as my home page and search engine.
In the end, the quickest and safest means to get rid of it was to Reset Internet Explorer Settings. (Internet Options > Advanced > Reset Internet Options) That restored Internet Explorer to the default and from there I could restore my desired homepage. Less then ten minutes time. Nothing of substance was lost--no lost documents, no lost favorites.
Then I ran AdwCleaner and that deleted all of Conduit's and VisualBee's associated registry keys.
And even if a person checks all the boxes to decline something, it still forces itself onto the computer. And Conduit is not a virus, nor is it malware--so running antivirus or malware programs won't get rid of it. Conduit is a nightmare scenario people fall into; instructions for getting rid of it run the gambit from finding and deleting its registry files--a tricky proposition always to the ineffectual running of anti-virus or malware programs.
#7 By: Edwin, July 27th, 2013 13:09
Something else to watch for is the installation method. I've found that if you select "automatic" or "fast" a lot of this unwanted junk gets installed without you ever seeing it. I always select "custom" where available, then read each page/panel carefully before hitting "next" or "continue". Be careful, it's a jungle out there.
#8 By: Naman Sood, July 27th, 2013 14:44
Also, a toolbar is most likely to have a picture during the install. Always look for pictures. And remember, "Create desktop icon" is NOT bloatware!
#9 By: S Snyder, July 27th, 2013 14:59
I routinely create a manual "Restore Point" before any download/install. When done as a matter of habit it's quick & easy. Reverting to a restore point reverses any changes (including registry) that took place during an installation but it will not affect user personal data files.
The Navigation selections are:
System and Security
#10 By: Lowell Heddings, July 27th, 2013 15:04
That's a great practice. You can also make a shortcut to do it even more quickly
One of the best features in Windows Vista is the updated System Restore feature, which saves people from certain destruction on a nearly daily basis, judging from the feedback on our forums. The only problem is that it takes far too many steps to manually create a new restore point. Can’t we just make a shortcut icon for it?
And for those that don't know about restore points...
If you are thinking of installing an application but aren’t quite sure what it’s going to do to your computer, I would absolutely recommend creating a restore point before you install that application, and here are the steps to do so. Note that most application installs automatically create a restore point, but you can do this if you are really worried.
#11 By: Indronil, July 27th, 2013 16:03
for the first problem use adblock properly configured and for those rest keep your eyes open :)
yes sir u frogot to mention how some apps install malware when u try to uninstall them :/
really bad practice
#12 By: Basie, July 28th, 2013 00:32
I had to stop using CNET Downloads. Even when I unchecked the default crapware it still installed it. This must be a recent development since I used Cnet quite extensively in the past. Bummer.
#13 By: Naman Sood, July 28th, 2013 03:39
Try using FileHippo as an alternative.
#14 By: Farris, July 28th, 2013 20:49
I don't do much in the line of downloading programs now days (bandwidth costs, I'm in the country and I'm limited on gbs), but when I did it was always a challenge to try to catch all they try to slip past you. My wife is a click n' go sort that used to drive me crazy, I'd come home to " this computers messed up again! It's a piece of #$@&() !". Then I'd find out she was trying to download coupons or a deal search toolbar, Jiminie Cricket! At least now days I've got her looking for anything that says download, then she comes to me first and I handle it.
#15 By: Peter Mack, July 29th, 2013 08:53
I've noticed this as well. CNET's language during the downloader is the worst I have seen. They employ several triple negatives and make you click the cancel button a couple of times. Take some time, really read the fine print, and you should get through it bloat-free.
#16 By: Naman Sood, July 29th, 2013 09:09
Even Microsoft got the toolbar bug!
#17 By: Carr1Graham, August 4th, 2013 02:41
Some of those Thingo's there are Baby's Rattles Compared with Trying to get rid of Snap Do !!!!
I dont Know How the P***k got in,but its a Jerk to Swat !!! Some of the things I've tried have more Moves than Trying to make a Waldorf Salad for One of Fawlty's Guests !!!!..The Back Side Wipes that make these things, Should be Tracked Down and Sent to Chernobyl to Sweep the Streets in Their Undies for 10 Years !!!!.... Thank You and any HELP would be Smiled Upon by Me !!!!...
Particolor .. The Baffled ...... SHEEESH !!!!
#18 By: Naman Sood, August 4th, 2013 02:59
Fun fact: It took me ten minutes to realize what you were saying, what with all Title Case Words and so many insults. Try this: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/snap-do-toolbar-removal/
#19 By: Carr1Graham, August 4th, 2013 03:17
Thank You Muchly for that !!..Have some Mercy on Me I'm 66,but didn't mean to be when I set out in life !! and not a Geek !! I read How To Geek all the time but Aint got a clue to half of it !!!..But I'm learning..Thanks Again !!!..
Particolor1.....I Feel Better Now !!
#20 By: Naman Sood, August 5th, 2013 11:56
Glad to help. Please use capitals only in the first alphabet of the first word. I'm a bit of a grammar freak.
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