The web is full of traps for beginners. While they try to download free software, by clicking on “Download” buttons, in reality they click on fake links that download bundle of toolbars and other junk software. This article will help you in learning how you can avoid downloading of junks into your system.
Usually, geeks know how to dodge the junk files while executing free software download. But novice users mostly don’t know this. In fact, many even don’t know that when they download free game or any other free software, they are also downloading many other junks, which can also be malicious. In the temptation of free games and software, people fall for these tricks.
Read below to enhance your knowledge in this regard so that you can avoid the installation of unwanted files in your system:
Fake Download Links
When you download free software, the first trap that you encounter is the fake download link. You must have seen brightly colored, large buttons flashing the words “Free Download” or “Download Now.”
These buttons are just advertisement banners and are mimicking of real download links. It is created intentionally to trick you into clicking those links and installing different unwanted software.
Next time, when you go for free software download beware of such fake download links. Now the question is how to identify fake links? Just hover the mouse cursor over the link and check where it leads.
For instance, you want to download Adobe Photoshop. You get to a page that gives you a Download button. Now, bring your mouse cursor over that button and check where it leads. If it is a fake link, then it will not take you to the Photoshop page rather it will lead you to a page like “googleadservices.com” that is clearly an advertising link.
Junk Selected By Default Installers
Free software comes with software installers. Even the legitimate installers carry numerous junk software and browser toolbars. The catch is that the developer distributes the software for free and he is making money by including this junk. If you download installers bundled with junks, then it might change your browser’s homepage or default search. Of course, you never want that to happen.
You can easily avoid the downloading of these browsers toolbars and junk. While you download the installer, you go through an agreement process, where you tick the checkboxes and accept the Terms and Conditions integrated with the software. In this page, by default, the check box admitting the downloading of these junk files remains checked. Invoice users just neglect that unknowingly and accept the condition that along with the primary software even the additional junk software will get downloaded. So, you must uncheck the checkbox that permits the downloading of additional software.
Uninstalling the Junk software
However, if you have forgotten to keep that box unchecked and as a result of that junk software got installed in your system, then you must uninstall them.
To delete the bad software, you need to hunt it down. For that head to the Control Panel and here check the list of installed programs. You will find many toolbars or programs that you never downloaded intentionally. These are all junk downloads. You need to install a junk removal tool and run that on those extra and unwanted free software.
You should also run an antivirus program installed on your PC. As many of these junks that came along during free software download are removable even by your antivirus program.
It is unfortunate, but it’s a fact that in the Windows software ecosystem, bundling of unwanted software with installers has got widely accepted. So, it is not going to get over very soon. That is why, you can’t have the careless attitude while you download free games or software. You have to be a bit alert and check whether you are downloading a fake link, or if you have unchecked the added software box, etc. Being careful is the only solution here.