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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: Dec 23, 2014

Pay attention to install programs

If you’ve noticed that strange things just seem to pop up on your computer over time, it’s most likely from new apps or programs that you’ve installed.

A common practice these days is to sneak third-party programs into a printer installation program or utility such as Java when it’s downloaded or updated.

The key to catching these useless programs and changes to your computer is to pay close attention during the installation routine.

The software companies are counting on you not paying attention and just hitting next, next, next, I agree.

Another way to trick you into allowing junk software into your computer is by convincing you that the standard installation is the recommended installation.

They make it sound like you have to be a rocket scientist to choose the custom installation, but that’s where you’ll get to see what they are trying to sneak past you.

From this point forward, always choose the advanced or custom installation option whenever you’re adding any new software to your computer so you can stop it before it happens.

This tip is the key to keeping them from messing up your browser with extra toolbars or changing your default search engine or start page.