A program that was never developed (?) and desperately needed nowadays to stop third-party/promotion offers or potential unwanted programs (PUPs) from installing on your computer. Unless you keenly observe these installer dialogs you won’t avoid install of toolbars or other unwanted programs.
Its better to say less about novice users who blindly clicks ‘Next’ button and gets into trouble for not paying attention during software installations. Though there are tools available to remove installed toolbars and unwanted programs .
Unchekcy: Automatically Clears Toolbar checkboxes on Installer Dialogs
Meet Unchecky in beta, once installed runs as a service monitoring software installations you do on your computer and automatically unchecks checkboxes for third-party offers included in installer, if you try to install them by mistake it has got you covered it warns you then.
You can notice Unchecky running as a background service with process name ‘unchecky_bg.exe’ on Task Manager. It needs to run continuously to prevent adware installs, if you want to stop it launch it by clicking on its shortcut on start menu and suspend its service.
Developer claims it lets you opt-out of these programs instead of opt-in, in fact he is true that’s how they should be offered. “Unchehky’s primary feature is automatic unchecking of unrelated offers, such as potentially unwanted programs, offers to change your homepage or your search engine. With Unchecky, these offers become opt-in instead of opt-out, i.e. they will be installed only if you explicitly choose you want them (you usually don’t).” says Unchecky maker.
Currently program may not support all Software installers, we’re expecting developer to add for more in future. And the program gets updated automatically, so you’ll be always using latest version.
Unchecky is still a beta version, works from Windows XP above.
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