Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Avoid extras when installing free software

07 Oct 2013   #11
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

^ You will be hard pressed to find a website with advertisements that refuse google money. But what can you do?

I recently tried the most recent firefox out and found I liked it a lot more than chrome. Overall, I prefer the latest IE, so I refuse the installation of any other browser. Saves space, and I just prefer it. I used to be a firefox fanboy, until IE9 came out.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
07 Oct 2013   #12
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Win patrol is great software for preventing toolbars and unnecessary programs trying to start up with your pc. But the easiest way is to stop and read before you install anything.

Even your favorite programs. They have to make money somehow.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

It takes total awareness when installing because they'll even slip sneakware into the fine print of the licensing agreement. They feel the right to do this because it's often freeware they slip it into.

So if I suspect I've just been taken I scan the Programs list in Control Panel first, then if still in doubt run a SuperAntiSpyware scan which will root it out completely.

Another regular stop should be browser Add-Ons to deselect everything except what you know you need. For me that's only Flash, and Google in the stable search box with any others disallowed.

Finally just recently got a prompt three years after I uninstalled it for Java being needed on a survey, so I installed and enabled it just to get miles. Likewise a couple of players that these surveys wanted which I'm willing to bend on because I have nearly earned a free United ticket answering surveys which kills time and is better than reinstalling Windows 8.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

08 Oct 2013   #14
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

You need to be careful. If the installer gives the option of a custom install always take it as they hide extras in there.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2013   #15
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I always install new software in VMware first to see if it has the custom install and if not to see what installs with it if anything.

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2013   #16
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Good Plan

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
I always install new software in VMware first to see if it has the custom install and if not to see what installs with it if anything.

Jerry
Good plan.

I often test software in a VM, to:
  • See if it has any nasty surprises
  • Determine if it is actually worth installing in my physical install
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2013   #17
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
So if I suspect I've just been taken I scan the Programs list in Control Panel first, then if still in doubt run a SuperAntiSpyware scan which will root it out completely.
You might want to read super antispywares eula. Not exactly good software. There privacy policy link does not work. Manually typing it in leads you to a site that is flagged by wot and avast. As well as mcafee site adviser.

I wouldn't touch their software with a pole.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

Never had any problem with it in quite a few cases where it's rooted out spyware from the registry, even after it was uninstalled in Control Panel. Which one do you prefer for this purpose?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2013   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I wish that I could find a way to block tool bars from being installed/displayed. Locking the toolbar does not seem to help a bit. I tested with the AOL toolbar and one from Yahoo. :-(
All you have to do is go slow and read every screen and uncheck the boxes, nothing will ever install unless you let it install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2013   #20
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Never had any problem with it in quite a few cases where it's rooted out spyware from the registry, even after it was uninstalled in Control Panel. Which one do you prefer for this purpose?
Keep in mind, I think there protection is good, I just dont agree with the privacy policy or the eula. So I did not install it. It seems a little shady, but based on reviews on protection side, it seems good.

I personally do not use them, but adaware and spyware terminator seem to be great software from user reviews and the eula not looking suspicious. Keep in mind I have not researched them in depth.

Adaware has turned into a total solution, although if you install it while having an antivirus already present, it goes into compatibility mode and won't install the antivirus module, just the antispyware. Adding a second layer of defense as it puts it.

I Use avast, windows defender, and malwarebytes pro, I used to use spybot search and destroy. But according to test results it stinks as a anti-spyware program now. It misses a lot of spyware.

Windows defender is not great at catching a lot of things, but it does catch the worst spyware.

I never have had a threat or anything found, although I do occasionally get stuff that is blocked by them. But its rare. I don't visit a ton of random websites. Having said that, its important to have a solution in place when even your most trusted sites are compromised.

In conclusion, those are just my thoughts. If super antispyware is working for you and you trust them, great. More power to you. I just prefer to use other software as I found it to be a red flag with their privacy site going to a shady flagged before dangerous site.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Avoid extras when installing free software




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Macrium etc Free Software--How to avoid CNET Virus/Adware/malware prog
Hi everyone! I was advised earlier on this thread:: http://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/357684-need-new-backup-storage-program-5.html ....that Macrium (and AOMEI) are good to use to backup my Laptop HDD to an external drive. Larger 2TB, external drive purchased, and is on its way......
Backup and Restore
Which Is the Best Free Anti-Virus Software? Other Security Software?
Which Is the Best Free Anti-Virus Software? Other Security Software? Win7 x64 Which is the best free-for-home-users anti-virus software? What other free-for-home-users security software do you recommend using in conjunction with Windows 7 x64 these days?
System Security
Software to avoid
I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of programs to avoid because of either compatibility issues or they screw Win7 up. If you have your own bad experience with a program, please give the program name, website and synopsis of experience. Any Registry Defraggers They generally...
Software


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:57.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App