Learn The Most Common 'Hidden Crapware' Tricks To Keep Your System Clean

Have you ever installed a program only to find that it came with some ridiculous, hidden crapware like the Ask.com toolbar? Don't feel bad, the installer probably tricked you into installing it. Weblog FreewareGenius details the most common tricks companies use, and how to avoid each one.

Some installers are pretty clear about what they come with, letting you merely uncheck a box if you don't want to install that toolbar. Others, however, use devious deceptions to get that toolbar on your system. The most popular tricks include:

  • Making the crapware look like it's the original program's privacy policy, which you (of course) agree to
  • Hiding the choice under "Custom Installation", so the "Typical" installation gives you the toolbar automatically
  • Offering you crapware multiple times throughout the installation, perhaps with different wordings

Each of these methods has variations too, but in the end it's all about deception: getting you to install some toolbar or other piece of crapware by hoping you clicked through the installer too fast to notice.

So what's the solution? The short version is: Pay attention when you install a new program. Read all of the text, choose the Custom Installation whenever you can, and never agree to install a toolbar — there's (almost) always a way around. Check out FreewareGenius' full article on the subject below for more details.

How to Install Freeware Cleanly — A catalogue of the Most Dubious Crapware Installation Methods [FreewareGenius]


    That's why I always choose "Custom Installation", been caught out before.

    Ahh, the people that mash that next button...

    If possible I cancel the installation of any software that has crapware in it and look for a different product. If I wanted the crapware I'd download it myself. Furthermore I wonder what else is hidden in the software if they are trying to trick me into installing crap. I've been caught too and there are still traces of bloody avg in my browser.

    Uninstall Java, they include crapware in the security updates

      Such as?

      I have never seen anything extra install when I have updated.

      Yes I seem to recall some crap toolbar in an update recently ?

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