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Windows 7: Finding bloatware free software


04 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 
Finding bloatware free software

I was curious where I would be able to find some software that doesn't ask you to change your homepage, installs toolbars, or some software will not install unless you pick a bloatware to install (eg. must change homepage, otherwise, software won't install)?

Not sure if this is just a change in the times. Back in the day (eg. 5-10 years ago), you were able to get software without it asking you to install a toolbar, change your homepage or having it install things without your permission.


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04 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well now days you have to watch all the sites. They change contently. You not only have to un-check things you don't want you also have to go through the user agreements because sometimes they hide things in there.
Babylon will add things even if you select you don't want them.
It's a never ending battle.
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04 Jun 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

True there are very few free softwares that don't want to install crapware along with it. If you have to complete some "offer" to get a download, I'd skip it altogether. Try downloading from the authors' own website, not Major Geeks, c|net, Soft Pedia, etc.
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04 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Try downloading from the authors' own website
I'll try that, thanks.
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05 Jun 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

As already suggested, install from the developer's website if possible, but be aware that most installers come bundled with such bloatware to simply gain more money.
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05 Jun 2013   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I'd dispute - I install lots of software usually (to find the best software in a trial-and-error sort of way), and I haven't seen a software that forces you to install crapware. However, it's usually in the defualt settings and require a keen eye to be able to spot when they ask for your permission to install them. It's usually a tiny Size 8 line of barely readable text that says "No, I do not agree" or sometimes you have to click "Advanced" or "Custom installation", to de-select them.
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05 Jun 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

I've experienced a few programs which I have forced to install the bloatware provided in the installer, there was no option to unselect the programs or opt for a custom installation.
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06 Jun 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You could try Ninite
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Ninite installs apps for you in the background. No clicking next. We say NO to toolbars or other junk
Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once
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