In Pictures: How to spot and avoid installing potentially unwanted programs

Options that trick you into installing potentially unwanted programs are common during the setup of free tools and programs. Here's how to spot them and keep them off your system.

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The Suspect Not too long ago, I needed a simple program that could do one simple task: Convert a video DVD—a DVD I created myself, with no DRM issues—into an ISO file. So I downloaded FreeAudioVideoSoft’s All Free ISO Ripper.

As I walked through the installation wizard, I found something of a PUP mother lode. Every dirty trick I knew, and a few I hadn’t seen before, popped up during the installation. This made the ISO ripper a perfect tool for teaching people how to install a program…and only install the program.

So let’s click Next and get on with it.

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