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Original Air Date: Dec 4, 2017



Sneaky Software Trick


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If you have been noticing odd items that seem to pop-up on your computer randomly, it’s very likely that they came from apps or programs that you installed.

A common trick these days is to hide 3rd party software inside utility programs like Java or within printer programs during the installation process.

The best way to keep junk programs out and prevent other unnecessary changes to your computer is by paying close attention to what is happening while you are installing any program.

Most companies count on you to not pay attention and rely on users to tap on next, next, I agree.

Another trick to sneak junk software into your computer is by convincing you that the "standard installation" is best and of course the recommended one.

They may make it sound like you have to be a rocket scientist to go with the "custom installation", but when you do choose it, you’ll see what they are trying to sneak past you.

Start making it a point to click the custom or advanced option when installing anything new on your system so you can avoid the junk before it sneaks in.

This tip is the key to avoiding attempts by software companies to take over your browser with additional toolbars, switching the default search engine or changing your start page.

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