Five Part Series – Part V – Free Junkware and Free Trials
One more issue you need to be aware of if you’re planning to download and install a lot of free software off the Internet is the fact that even safe, “legitimate” software comes with a few strings attached. Often one of those strings is that the installer wizard you need to use to install the software has a step embedded into it that will install extra software that you don’t want, if you’re not careful.
The trickery here is that the option selected by default is to install this software – called “crapware” by those familiar with it, because the extra software is usually very low quality and only meant to do things like track your browsing activity for advertising purposes.
The sad part of it is that it’s very easy to prevent this garbage from getting installed on your computer. Just click the option that doesn’t include the installation of that extra software. The problem is that most people just blow on through these installation windows, clicking next-next-next without giving it much thought. Suddenly they discover an odd new adware toolbar in their browser and wonder how it got there. Joining the fightback against these sneaky methods is the only way to realistically combat them.
Another mistake newcomers to the web make when dealing with free software is signing up for a free trial – using a credit card or PayPal account – and then completely forgetting about signing up until the second month comes along and you discover a new charge on your credit card for the software “membership”.
Keep an eye on the sign-up process if you do ever decide to sign up for any soft of “free trial” – whether it’s free software or a free web service. These free trials are usually provided because they count on people forgetting to cancel the recurring charge. Don’t be one of those people (unless you really like the software) – set a calendar reminder to cancel the trial in good time.
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