This guide will guide you on how to avoid installing unwanted toolbars and softwares ?
Have you come across Conduit or MyWebSearch taking over your browser? Majority of the internet surfers would reply YES !
We all like using “Free” softwares, games, screensavers, etc.. There are many excellent freewares available today and many of them are used by us daily. But, you must have noticed the extra clutter that gets added to your internet browser over the time. This not only reduces the screen real estate, but also slows down your browsing most of the times. Few times you must have also stumbled upon program/game icons on your desktop or start menu which you never installed !
Are these viruses or spywares installed without your knowledge ? The answer is No or Yes and No !! First No is for the fact that not all of these programs are malware, the Yes is for the fact that some of these may be malware and the second No is for the “without your knowledge” part, most of these are installed WITH your knowledge because you just ignore them while they are about to be installed !
What are these programs? Software developers invest their time in making softwares hence they must get some returns. Few developers will sell their products for a price, and few go the FREE way. Everyone needs money to sustain living and the FREE category of developers try earning money through advertisements, toolbars and trialwares of other paid products. Many of these freewares may also change your homepage and search settings to get more views of their sponsors page and hence generate more revenue through ads.
Aren’t these annoying ? Yes, specially the ones which change your homepage and search settings to redirect you to their sponsors. But before you get annoyed on these developers, you should know that these are installed with your permission. So if you don’t want them, don’t give them the permission to be installed.
How do avoid installing unwanted toolbars and softwares? Ha, finally. Whenever you install any program/game, etc you need to AVOID clicking Next – Next – Continue – Next.
AVOID clicking Next – Next – Continue – Next.
Reading and understanding every page during installation process before clicking next/accept/agree is key to avoid unnecessary toolbars, softwares, homepage changes and search engine changes.
Check out the uTorrent installation below for better understanding:
To conclude, during the installation process you need to “Read, Understand, Tick/Untick Options as per your requirements and then click Next/Continue/Accept/Agree” this will ensure that you have full control over your own PC and you don’t get surprises.
“Read, Understand, Tick/Untick Options as per your requirements and then click Next/Continue/Accept/Agree”
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