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Original Air Date: Feb 29, 2016

Watch Out When Installing Programs!

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We’ve all seen those strange things that just seem to pop up on your computer and guess what? It’s most likely from new apps or programs that you’ve installed.

A consistent practice these days by software companies is to sneak their programs into a printer installation program or utility such as Java when it’s downloaded or updated.

The way to catch these unnecessary programs that make changes to your computer is to pay attention during the installation process.

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

Another way to fool you into allowing crappy software into your computer is by tricking you by suggesting that the standard installation is the 'recommended' installation.

They make it appear as if you have to be a rocket scientist to opt for the custom installation option, but that’s where you’ll get to see what they’re trying to get it past you.

From now on, always choose the advanced or custom installation option whenever you’re adding any new program to your computer so you can control it before it takes over.

Today’s tip is the key to keeping software programs from messing up your browser with extra toolbars or changing your default search system or start up page.