How many times have I fixed a friend’s or family member’s computer as well as co-worker’s PC that was running “slow” or reportedly acting “strangely”. Countless times. Very often what I find is that the PC has been overrun with unwanted software. Or what is better known as crapware. On just about every occasion the owner of the PC has “no idea” how all of that software ended up on their machine.
A new smaller little piece of software, which is free may be the answer to many people for keeping their PC clean of unwanted crapware. It’s name is “Unchecky“.
What is Unchecky?
Unchecky is a lightweight application that aims to “keep your checkboxes clear.” It automatically unchecks the boxes that allow companies to install promotional crapware on your computer, and issues warnings if you accidentally agree to install something you may not want.
For the casual computer user, Unchecky is something of a godsend. How many times have you heard “But I swear I didn’t install any of these toolbars, I don’t know how they got there!” Indeed, most people are smart enough to avoid deliberately installing junk, but it’s a lot easier to inadvertently install something unnecessary when you’re going through the installation process for a legitimate program.
Download.com is notorious for sneaking absolute crap on to your system, and passing off the option as an End User License Agreement, something that most people are accustomed to automatically accepting without reading. As you can see in the screenshot below, Unchecky was able to detect the scam and issue a warning.
For a competent computer geek, Unchecky is probably not really necessary. However, if you find yourself skimming through installations and ending up with coupon offers you don’t remember asking for, it may be a good idea to install Unchecky. Even the most careful geeks can be duped into accepting a promotional offer, or maybe you just want to save some mouse clicks and make installations faster.
This is probably the easiest program in the world to install. Head over to unchecky.com and click on the big button that says download. Run the file, click install, click finish, and you’re done! Since Unchecky is mostly meant for novice users, its simple installation process is well-suited.
Wait, is it running?
Unchecky remains completely unobtrusive, working in the background to keep you safe from junk offers, without even displaying an icon in your notification area. If you need to make sure it’s running, you can check the task manager.
Updates are automatic as well, so you can literally install Unchecky and then forget about it. You should never actually notice that it’s running, until you go to install a program and see that all the junk offers have been unselected for you.
How well does it work?
Unchecky works very well in prompting and warning you if you accidentally select “yes” to unwanted software and almost always actually changes the check box to “no” which alone will help you keep your computers free of crapware.
You can install Unchecky here. I highly recommend it.