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The Perils of Complimentary Crapware [Image Comic]

A tad paranoid when it comes to installing software on a laptop? [via Reddit]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/29/11

Comments (25)

  1. BlackHoleSun

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that does this

  2. Andrew

    Ya, I do that too.

  3. Blisk

    That’s exactly what I do. Even though they’re grayed out, you can never be sure!

  4. Chronno S. Trigger

    Ever since one of the AVG installs switched the home page even if you unchecked the parent box, I’ve always unchecked the lower boxes before the upper ones.

  5. K@RiS

    Co sign!

  6. greendiamnond

    they will still change your default if you dont uncheck those sometimes

  7. Serowman

    I’d never thought of that before but now it’s going to bug me.

  8. @TechJLS3

    I hate that! I make sure they all are unchecked.

  9. cavalier67

    Doesn’t everyone do this?

  10. Carlos Ferrari

    I did that once or twice, but can’t say I always do that.
    But yeah, better safe than sorry. :P

  11. Nienhouse

    Good, so I’m not the only one that can’t stand when programs do that. haha

  12. DJ Rosen

    They ought to create a virus that does nothing except remove and disable tool bars everywhere.
    I hate those things. Anybody who makes a tool bar should have his personal banking information sent to bad web sites in Vietnam.

  13. Matthew

    Seriously thought I was the only person that did this, but seeing the comments it seems I’m not the only one! Phew!

  14. Drdan0

    Glad to see others check this as well…how many times have family and friends (or co workers) called in a panic saying “i just loaded a kewl app and now I lost control of my browser” or “whats this new toolbar/app/software I diddn’t load this!” Oh yes you did….

  15. Art€

    Use Nitnite and I’tll do it all for you; automatically..

  16. bert

    I decided to try Ninite a while back. Then I had to reinstall Windows.

  17. montykupo

    yea ninite works sometimes…i have had it work flawlessly…then other times, when i click on one of the programs installed from the ninite package, i get BSoD. so im torn on it.

  18. LoWang

    That’s right. Those times when installing software was just easy next, next, next…finish are gone :) Now it is better to be carefull.

  19. Tech Scott

    Yup I do that too

  20. Michael Foresto

    And I thought I was being a tad bit OCD by doing that. It’s good to hear that I’m not the only incredulous one out there!

  21. Ish

    I call it crap 2

  22. Confuzzler

    Ditto, ditto and, oh, wait, D to the I to the TTO. Lol. Glad I’m not the only one.

  23. Nikky

    I’ve never thought to do this. Might now though! hehe

  24. Morely the IT Guy

    If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention.

  25. Milo

    @Art€ @bert @montykupo

    Portable apps FTW. Even on local hard drives. The provide the same if not nearly the same experience. My only run in was with foobar2000 (won’t integrate into context menus if it is portable) and 7z (I believe the same problem).

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