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.

The first trap: Standard installations How nice: The wizard recommends that you make your life a little easier with the Standard Installation.

But check out the top of the window. This isn't about installing All Free ISO Ripper. It's about installing the AVG Toolbar. That's not what you signed up for.

Here's the first rule about avoiding PUPs: Never accept the "Standard Installation," "the Express Installation," the "Default Installation," or any installation that is "(recommended)."

Even if the page mentions no program other than the one you want, always select the Custom installation option.

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