We’ve talked before about how programs sneak on to your computer by stowing away on needed updates. These programs aren’t necessarily bad or malicious, but you didn’t want them and you don’t need them. I came across a prime example of how this happens while I was updating Java on my computer.
This Java update was necessary, but notice how they tacked on an Ask toolbar. If I hadn’t noticed this fine print and this checked box, I’d be asking myself why there’s a new toolbar on my browser and why I have a new start page.
Remember, don’t just click yes or next on the pop-up menus that open while you’re installing an update. Read them first. Make sure to uncheck any boxes that give you a new toolbar or additional program. (Unless you actually want that toolbar or program.)