Checking Out with Unchecky
by Alan German
In a recent
article (Installation Caution; Ottawa PC News; June,
2014 - http://opcug.ca/public/Articles/1406.pdf), I noted some of the
sneaky ways that software developers try to get you to
install bundled software that you don't want
together with a specific application that
you do! In essence, as part of the installation process,
the user is left to carefully study all the options
offered and ensure that check boxes that will install
undesired software are unchecked.
Enter Unchecky. This little utility loads as a
terminate-and-stay-resident program and sits quietly in
memory monitoring for software installations. If it finds
that you are installing an application that tries to
bundle other products, it will uncheck the relevant boxes
automatically in the background! and
allow the main installation to proceed without any
further action on your part.
For software that doesn't use a standard Windows'
installer, Unchecky will warn you of any bundled junk and
provide you with the opportunity to gracefully decline
Originally published: September, 2014
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