While freeware,freemium or open source programs can be great alternatives for paid subscriptions and shareware,some developers of these free goodies try to earn a few bucks by adding extra things to their installers.
Adding toolbars,adware or trials from other programs is the most common practice,and as the coder gets his money from the advertizers, he can give his software for free to us.
For those who don't need or want these 'extra's',there are a few things to consider:
- check the installer with Malwarebytes,it does a great job in detecting PUP's ( Potential Unwanted Programs )
- There's a also great utility available,named Unchecky,which can do most of the work automaticly for you :
- Uncheck the checkmarks for the stuff you don't want,most of times,these checkboxes are hidden in the 'custom install' option.
- If you didn't see any checkbox,but still don't trust that the installer is clean,abort the program's installation and install it again from the commandline with the /nocandy trigger
for example :C:\downloads\setup.exe /nocandy.
Hopefully these tips can help a bit to prevent you from the installation of unwanted programs,so that you can fully enjoy the freebie you just installed.