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Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!

Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Nov 30, 2016

Junk Software Tip

You’ve probably noticed strange items just seem to pop-up on your computer over time and it’s most likely the result of installing new apps or programs on your system.

A common way to sneak third-party programs onto your computer these days is through other programs like a printer installation program or utility such as Java.

The best way to catch these unwanted programs and unnecessary changes to your system is to pay very close attention to the installation routine.

Software companies are relying on you not to pay attention and just keep hitting next, next, next, I agree.

Another way they try to trick you into allowing junk programs on to your computer is by persuading you that the standard installation is the recommended one.

They make it appear that you’ve got to be some sort of rocket scientist in order to select the custom installation, but that’s the only way that you’ll get to see what they’re trying to put on your computer.

From now on, make sure you always choose the advanced or custom installation button whenever you’re installing any new program on to your system so you can avoid the sneaky junk.

Following this advice is the key to keeping your browser from being messed up with extra toolbars or the irritation of having your default search engine or start page changed.