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Windows 7: Unwanted Program Installation

08 Apr 2014   #1
clw2613

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Unwanted Program Installation

Periodically I check the listing of programs installed on my Windows 7 system and quite often find things that have installed that I/we did not intentionally authorize. These can be adware, toolbars or a myriad of other unwanted applications. Each time one is found, time & effort is required to remove them, so ---

The question - Is there a Windows setting that can be applied that will require specific authorization before a program will be installed?

Thanks in advance for any assistance offered.

C.


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08 Apr 2014   #2
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My point is that, No program gets installed in your PC without your permission. Things that get installed without your permission are only Adwares and Trojans. So keep your antivirus upto date.
Also keep your eyes open while installing any program. There may be any check boxes in the installer windows which gets the permission to install the adware without you even noticing. So, Check every step in Installation wizard of a program. Mostly these check boxes are found after 'Accept terms and conditions page'. For Example, Avast installers comes with Chrome online installer embeded in them. AVG installers come with ASK toolbar installers. Flash Player installer comes with McAfee Security Toolbar. So Its your duty to uncheck the unwanted programs during your Installation.
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08 Apr 2014   #3
clw2613

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imrankhan View Post
My point is that, No program gets installed in your PC without your permission. Things that get installed without your permission are only Adwares and Trojans. So keep your antivirus upto date.
Also keep your eyes open while installing any program. There may be any check boxes in the installer windows which gets the permission to install the adware without you even noticing. So, Check every step in Installation wizard of a program. Mostly these check boxes are found after 'Accept terms and conditions page'. For Example, Avast installers comes with Chrome online installer embeded in them. AVG installers come with ASK toolbar installers. Flash Player installer comes with McAfee Security Toolbar. So Its your duty to uncheck the unwanted programs during your Installation.
I currently use Kaspersky Internet Security that updates automatically. I would respectfully disagree about all installs requiring permission. These things happen without installing other (wanted) applications so it does not appear to be a matter of noticing & checking/unchecking some boxes. I suspect these things happen when visiting sites on the web but so far have been unable to pinpoint where. The system is presently free of those however, the most recent one encountered was "dealplylive"!

The idea was to find a Windows setting that would require SPECIFIC authorization before proceeding with an installation. Perhaps this is a browser issue instead?

C.
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08 Apr 2014   #4
Arc

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clw2613 View Post
These can be adware, toolbars or a myriad of other unwanted applications. Each time one is found, time & effort is required to remove them, so ---
Those come from installers provided by bad sources. Suppose I am installing Shark007 codecs. I choose Softonic as a source. When I opted for download, I am provided this button ....

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What does it download? Not the program but something else. Let us see ....

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So it downloads "SoftonicDownloader_for_win7codecs". Let us get it. And then execute it ....

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Click the accept button, and get the unwanted thing .....

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If you dont uncheck, you got the unwanted program. I did not uncheck and proceed with the download .... But .....
See what I got, even before the download is completed.

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What a practical Joke!

The essence is ..... never install programs from sources those are not trustworthy. Get your programs from these two places only:
And, BE VERY MUCH CAREFUL BEFORE YOU CLICK THE ACCEPT BUTTON. Read everything very carefully. Dont leave everything checked.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clw2613 View Post
The question - Is there a Windows setting that can be applied that will require specific authorization before a program will be installed?

Thanks in advance for any assistance offered.

C.
Apparently no! But Some programs like MBAM gives you alert when you are getting a really bad thing.

Edit: After uninstalling SpeedUp My Computer, I noticed that I got on more thing via the Softonic Downloader .....

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One mort thing to uninstali.


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08 Apr 2014   #5
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

As Arc has said there is no settings that disable installing a software. When UAC asks permission for exe to execute, you select 'yes'. So you have given all the rights for the installer to do whatever it wants to do in your Windows. It may give you additional program that you dont need. Or it may contain programs you need. So it depends on the executable you have given permission. Always run a Trustworthy program executable/installer that wont harm your PC and dont go beyond its limit.
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08 Apr 2014   #6
clw2613

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

OK - Thx for the information!

C.
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08 Apr 2014   #7
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Something else - most installers offer you a Complete install or a Custom install, the latter often marked 'for advanced users' which is bunk. Always take the Custom option as that often gives you the option to opt out of things you do not want. I would also download from the author's site if MajorGeeks or FileHippo don't have what you are looking for.
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11 Apr 2014   #8
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

You may also try unchecky, its a free software that tries to eliminate the mess of unwanted software installed, caused by clicking next to fast

Unchecky - Keeps your checkboxes clear
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14 Apr 2014   #9
b0bl335wa993r

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

PC Tools Firewall provides a great solution to this, it pops up a warning every time a certain exe wanted to write to registry, access kernels etc. It's annoying but you'll get used to if you realy wanted to know what's happening behind the screen.
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