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    How to spot and avoid installing potentially unwanted prog


    How to spot and avoid installing potentially unwanted programs

    This is a good example of all the hidden traps & pitfalls you have to watch out for when installing a new program.

    How to spot and avoid installing potentially unwanted programs | PCWorld

    Here are some tricks and traps to look out for during software installations.

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    It still amazes me how many people doesn't actually take the very few seconds to go through all the crap. Even then though it does make you wonder if you are still really getting rid of everything. All we are seeing is an installation UI we have absolutely no idea what is in those files, what's being directed to where and etc.
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    Unfortunately marketing ethics have hit lowest point ever and so is with internet marketing. I guess people are not used to this newest fad of pushing unwanted staff to unsuspecting public. Small letter text in insurance contracts and packaging boxes is nothing new so most people pay attention to it but feel protected when behind screen and keyboard which is totally false thinking. Sometimes it looks like it's less dangerous to cross a street or railroad tracks than being on internet.
    With those PUPs it's getting to be way too much. Not even careful screening messages can save you some times, bloody things sometimes install themselves even when rejected or are not even given an option. Besides that, language they use does not have any logic to it, like "click yes if you don't want it installed" or just make it look like main program is not going to be installed without that add-on. There re also many people that are not very proficient in English and as soon it's written in some mambo-jumbo manner they can not even understand whats in the message.
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    Another tip - stay away from CNET. Used to be my trusted go to site for downloads. A prime example of what CountMike says about marketing ethics
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    Here's another video that shows a few of the sites that have traps like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyRubble View Post
    Another tip - stay away from CNET. Used to be my trusted go to site for downloads. A prime example of what CountMike says about marketing ethics
    Yeah, CNET has gotten pretty bad. I've just learned to be very watchful and NEVER use "Express Install".
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    There's another despicable tactic to at least lure us to some sites (guess there's some kind of pay-per-click deal here). Last couple of days I had to search for a driver for a rare kind of printer. Started with Google of course, typing in exact make and model. Now, this was happening before too but this time I got amazed how this behavior has spread. So as I said , after typing in that make and model Google shoved hundreds of pages with results. Started picking and checking each one that had it mentioned in brief description and found that in at least 90% of the cases there was no further reference to any of data I entered but most of them offered to download some kind of driver updater software to find it. Downloaded (against my better judgment) few of those and of course none of them found anything remotely close to a driver I needed but instead either asked for money (even if they did not find what was needed) for "updating" some other drivers I already had of which some were older than mine.
    Of course during all that time I had to dodge minefields of PUPs and very obvious malware.
    Finally had to give up search, downloaded few versions of driver that were marked as Win 2000, Xp and W7 and after finding that they would not work with my dual boot W7 had to install XP in the VM and one of them worked.
    Had to run AV and malware scans after all of that of course but luckily I think I was careful enough not to "catch" anything unwanted. I can just see somebody less experienced filling up his computer to the brim with everything but what was actually needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Started picking and checking each one that had it mentioned in brief description and found that in at least 90% of the cases there was no further reference to any of data I entered but most of them offered to download some kind of driver updater software to find it. Downloaded (against my better judgment) few of those and of course none of them found anything remotely close to a driver I needed but instead either asked for money (even if they did not find what was needed) for "updating" some other drivers I already had of which some were older than mine.
    Dude. If your "better judgment" includes submitting to that, you need to work on elevating it to good judgment.
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