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.

Say "I don't" I tend not to trust supposed Windows “optimizers.” In almost every case, the software is either too cautious to do any good, or too reckless to be safe. Obviously, I would want to uncheck the option to install PC Utilities Pro: Optimizer Pro.

Except, there’s no such option to uncheck.

You can uncheck I accept the Optimizer Pro Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, though. If you don’t want to install a program, you don’t have to accept its Terms of Use or Privacy Policy—even if it’s on by default…and appears to be grayed out.

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