Many "free" programs are bundled with software suggestions during the installation. It would be okey if they were good software offers but most of the software are crap like annoying browser addons, custom search engine, more ads, etc.
But you can usually disable all adware if you are very careful when you install it. Never just click NEXT NEXT NEXT FINISH!!! Be sure to deselect, I do not accept, cancel, reject, decline any software recommendations during the installation. And always choose Custom install instead of express install.
Another alternative is to look for a portable version of the software. It's usually a zip that you extract and just run the program directly. They are not bundled with adware. We have several portable video programs in our tools list (Under More downloads check for the portable download). You can also download portable software from http://portableapps.com/ .
Bundleware looks like:
Bundleware / Download Manager examples:
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Last edited by Baldrick; 4th Jan 2016 at 10:00.
Programs from portableapps.com can also be installed on a computer, hence that the install path has to be changed and you have to make shortcuts by hand
Thanks Baldrick for your post. We are too often presented with those "gifts for free". I understand the creators of freeware programs - they want to get some money indirectly, but sometimes it's too much and the addons are just malware.
Your advice about always using custom installation is the basis, but it's not working from time to time, 'cos weird phrasing of description changes meaning of 'accept/decline' to actually something opposite.
There's a few methods I've learned (painfully sometimes ):
- turn off your internet, when installing a program. But some of them leave crap installers/downloaders in TEMP folder, which can try connect to the internet later. Then cleaning the folder can help.
- use your firewall. I personally have Comodo Firewall Free, so I'll use it as an example. I set it to 'Advanced view', what gives more options, then I set 'Firewall' to 'Custom Ruleset'. It makes a pop up window show up each time a program wants to connect to internet during its installation or start. If you trust it you just go to 'Treat as' add it to 'Trusted application'. If you don't like its behavior you go to 'Block' and choose 'Block only' or 'Block and terminate'. Remember to tick/untick 'Remember my action' depending on program/situation.
- install Unchecky: http://unchecky.com/ . It's not perfect, but it can untick many crapware from installers.
Cranky Old Man
Great info, Baldrick! I should also mention that our administrator goes to a fair amount of effort to ensure all our downloads here are virus free and safe.
Software with adware is generally marked with a warning: 'Bundleware alert! The installation is bundled with adware like browser toolbars, software suggestions, etc.'
If you download from other internet locations, you may not be as lucky.
I found this while looking for a portable version of Imgburn...
How To Make ImgBurn v126.96.36.199 Portable
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
How to extract:
1. Download the installer and use 7zip to extract the files to “C:\Unzipped\ImgBurn v188.8.131.52 Portable” or wherever you keep your portable apps.
2. Create a subfolder called $INSTDIR
3. Paste the following text in Notepad (or Notepad++) and save as “ImgBurn.ini” to the “$INSTDIR” folder
FILELOCATIONS_GraphDataFiles=.\Graph Data Files\
4. Double click ImgBurn.exe and the program will open. You can right click on the ImgBurn.exe file and "create shortcut on Desktop". I then drag the shortcut to my Quicklaunch Bar for easy access.
There should be some policing on this...perhaps a forum post here that contains only programs that have this...people post screen shots and thus everyone knows what software to avoid...Shark007??? whos that?'Do I look absolutely divine and regal, and yet at the same time very pretty and rather accessible?' - Queenie
well that web page says:
Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.
I put a lot of time and effort into creating and maintaining these releases.
Do those that make donations get a crap free installer?'Do I look absolutely divine and regal, and yet at the same time very pretty and rather accessible?' - Queenie