When I visit clients for problems with their systems, the most common issue I see is that their PCs are littered with software and tools that they simply had no knowledge of requesting. A lot of these are loaded by ‘riding’ on downloads or updates of other software and will often have cunningly placed tick boxes that need to be removed to prevent these unwanted applications being installed. Sadly, this practice of automatically ticking ‘accept’ boxes is prevalent throughout the IT world. Here I show you a tool called Unchecky that will attempt to remove the automatic ticks for you hence reducing your system clutter.
How Much DOES IT COST?
Nothing. It’s a free tool produced by engineers who, like me, are opposed to these automatic tick boxes.
HOW DO I GET IT?
You need to download it and install it from http://unchecky.com/
Click on download and select Run
During this process you may see a box warning you that the file may damage your computer. Don’t worry, this is because the download is a .exe (executable) file. It is perfectly safe to run it to complete the installation. Click on Actions, followed by More Options then Run Anyway.
Unchecky should now be installed. Click Finish
You should now see the Unchecky icon on your desktop
Double click the Unchecky icon to open it
Unchecky will show you the current status and provide a summary of tick boxes that it took action on. There is also a button to turn it off.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO DO?
Unchecky takes a big step towards helping you keep your system free of unrequested software. It will sniff out any automatic request that it can find and remove the automated tick. It is not fool proof however. You should still read pop up boxes and information carefully and only used recognised download sites when obtaining software, especially free versions.
WHAT IS A SAFE DOWNLOAD SITE?
Spammers and scammers love free software as they know that they can easily target people looking to download free tools and applications. As such they often mimic these download links and ‘piggy back’ malware onto downloads. The way to avoid this is to use recognised download centres. For your tablet and/or smartphone this is easy, just use the Apple Store, Amazon Store, Google Play Store etc;. However it is not so clear for a PC. The following sites provide good sources of free programs and will be virus free.