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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A false sense of security Okay, this second page of the wizard looks pretty harmless. In fact, it is pretty harmless.

The creators of the program even left the desktop shortcut option off by default. Good for them. Far too many programs want to mess up your desktop.

Enjoy this. It's the last good thing you'll see from them for the rest of the installation.

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