How to avoid installing adware or unwanted software when you install an application on your computer
Today we are going to explain how to avoid installing adware when you are going to install an application on your computer. Sometimes, the installation processes of some applications that you download can hide traps with adware, which is what applications that are installed automatically and without your permission to the computer are called, which can make it slow or compromise your security and personal data.
To help you avoid accidentally installing one of these applications while installing another, we are going to give you eight tips that you can follow. The first ones have to do with the download process itself, and the next ones will have to do with the installation processes that you will follow when you install an application.
Always download from official websites
The first advice is always to download the applications always from the official pages or repositories. When you search in Google for a specific application, in addition to its official website, you will almost always see links to pages specialized in downloads from where you will also be able to download it.
These pages usually appear very well positioned in Google so that it is almost the first thing you see, but they are not always the safest method. Some of these websites include adware in their installers, so they are one of the main sources from where you can end up accidentally installing unwanted applications or even damaging your computer.
Take a good look at where you click on the web
Even the official pages that you enter to download a program, especially if it is free and its creators need to get money from a site, may have some traps in the form of banners that may incite you to click on them thinking that it is the download link. There may even be some with an advertising image that says something about click to download, but actually downloads something else.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to take a good look at where you click. One trick you can follow is hover the mouse cursor over the link but without clicking. By doing this, in the lower part of the browser window you can usually see the address to which the link points, and from there check if in the case that it points to a file it is the one it is supposed to be or another.
Take a good look at the files that are downloaded
A tip closely related to the previous one is that you take a good look at the files that are downloaded. Sometimes, no matter how hard we look, it is inevitable to click on a misleading link, or even some unwanted “gift” may be downloaded along with the official application and you end up with more than one executable file to install.
Therefore, it is recommended look at the name of the file that has been downloaded, since many times it is very easy to know if you have downloaded the correct one or it is another that is called in another way. Even if there is more than one file, you can also try to distinguish the real file from any other that has been downloaded to mislead.
Do not discard the official app store of your operating system
Today, from GNU / Linux to Windows, through mobile operating systems, they implement their own official application stores. In some cases these can be quite limited like those of Windows, and it will be inevitable that you have to download applications from their websites, but that does not stop being an alternative to consider when possible download the applications from them.
In these cases, you will not only have passed the security filter of the creator of the application, but you will have an extra control filter imposed by the creator of the operating system. In addition, when installing the applications with this medium, you will not have to deal with websites that can be confusing or have misleading links, you will only have to press the download button.
Even so, even from these official stores you must take precautions, and always make sure you download the official app you are looking for. There are times when other developers will try to create an app that is called similarly or has the same icon as the original, and some of them can be dangerous, so it is better not to install them if you do not know them.
Do not install by always pressing Next
Once you have downloaded a file and begin to proceed with its installation, in this process you are not exempt from dangers either. Therefore, the first step you should take is to do not limit yourself to always hitting Next in the installation process, and always pay close attention to what is on each screen.
Read each of the boxes that are offered to you to know what you are going to install and what not, and pay attention to the buttons, since sometimes where you usually put next one may appear to accept something you do not want. Also be careful with how they write what you are going to accept, especially in case there is a double negative in which what you accept is that you do not oppose the installation. Definitely, take a good look at each step or screen to avoid any type of trap, especially when you download something from a source other than its official website.
Always choose custom installations
In many of the application installation processes, you will be asked if you want to do the default installation or do a custom one. In these cases, ALWAYS choose custom installations. This is one of the most important tips that we are going to give you here today.
Yes, the default installations save you a lot of steps, but they will also have the installation options for adware or other external applications that you do not need checked by default. Therefore, even if it means taking more steps Always choose the default installations to be able to reject third-party app installations, or even for other more practical things like choosing where you want the app to be installed.
Don’t accept all the license terms
Although I am aware that this may be the most difficult step for you to take, it also does not hurt to pay attention to the license terms of the things you are installing. Especially because sometimes you can try to sneak adware by accepting these types of terms instead of the classic selectable boxes.
Therefore, you don’t even need to read it all, just pay attention to make sure the terms are for the application you want to install and not those of others. Pay particular attention especially when an installation process shows you more than one of these steps to approve license terms.
Beware of installers inside or after installers
Sometimes, while you are installing the application that you have downloaded or after doing so, you can skip a second installer in which it is not clear what it is, but that it deceives you by appearing during the process so that you think it is part of the application. Be careful with these practices because they can also sneak adware with it.
Actually, if you follow all of our previous tips, these installers are quick to detect, because as soon as you stop to read you realize that they are not related to the application you are installing. Therefore, be careful with the inertia of passing everything quickly without thinking and stop to read each step of what you install. In the end, what adware plays with is your rush, so as soon as you pay a little care, you will avoid most of them.