Part 4 – Be Attentive to the Software You Install So, in Part 3, I made mention of all those applications that your manufacturer included on your computer. You didn’t ask for them –  yet they are there – how to remove them. In this part, we are going to talk about the software that you did not necessarily ask for, but you most likely allowed to be installed anyway. Part 4 is about being attentive to the software you install. I can only stress enough that many applications, especially “free” software, will often attempt to install additional software on your system. I have worked on many my clients’ computers and had them tell me that they have no idea where certain software installed on their system came from. Or they will actually go so far as to blame a software company for “putting it there”. My explicit 3-part advice when installing anything on your computer is this:
  1. Read what is on your screen.
  2. Contemplate what it is telling you.
  3. Then click the appropriate button.
As much as I hate to say this outloud – most software issues, virus infections, unexpected/unwanted software installations are self-inflicted. There are some software packages and updates that get installed on users’ systems and at the same time attempt to package other software with it. Here are some quick examples: Here is Apple requesting that you update iTunes and QuickTime. If you aren’t vigilant, you’ll end up installing their web browser SAFARI also.

Here is an installation of Adobe Flash Player, software that is pretty much required for you to view all those YouTube videos you enjoy and most video media on the web. You probably don’t want to install McAfee Security Scan.

Have you installed or updated Adobe Shockwave Player? If you didn’t pay attention, then you’ll probably end up installing Norton Internet Security. Lastly, if you installed or updated Java recently and wasn’t attentive, then you mostly likely installed the Ask Toolbar. These ‘add-on’ programs usually show up when you go to install “Free” software. These free games and utilities are notorious for bundling those unwanted “add-on’ programs that will slow your computer down and cause unwanted results. The trick – and sometimes this can be difficult – is that you must be attentive during the software installation process.
  1. Read what is on your screen.
  2. Contemplate what it is telling you.
  3. Then click the appropriate button.
In other words, do not just mindlessly click the “Next” button until the install is finished. If you follow my advice, I will guarantee that the amount of “junk” installed on your system will be minimized!