How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

Every Windows user likely has a set of programs they want to install on their system. However, with advancements in technology, we need to add more tools to enhance our productivity. Consider Windows 10, which removed the Charms Bar, reintroduced a standard Start Menu, and implemented several changes.

How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

Now that you’ve upgraded, you’re probably installing a lot of new software. However, do you hate that almost every software comes with additional bundled software? It annoys me, and most of it is useless. For everyone.

Enter: Unchecky

Recently, I came across Unchecky, a useful software/service that prevents bundled software from being installed on your Windows machine. Before I installed it, I wanted to ensure its effectiveness. Thankfully, there was a helpful video that guided me, and I would like to share it with you.

The video demonstrates how, once you enable the service, you can avoid the hassle of manually unchecking unnecessary tools during the installation process.

How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

Warns if You Left Something Checked

One great feature of Unchecky is that it warns users before installing bundleware or potentially harmful additional software.

How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

This feature is extremely useful when recommending this tool to someone who isn’t tech-savvy or even your parents. I’ve struggled to explain installation processes to these individuals, so I’ve found a great alternative solution.

Nice and Easy

No, I’m not using any sports catchword, but the tool is nice and easy to use. Once installed, the user doesn’t have to do anything to prevent bundled tools from being installed. The service runs quietly in the background and there isn’t much tweaking necessary. It just works.

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How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

Even the Settings tab isn’t confusing at all, in fact there is only that one option there and only if you click on Advanced Settings will a user see some options that may appear confusing.

How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

De-Crapify Your PC

Always fun to know that there exists software with the word ‘crap’ in it. PC De-crapifier is one such tool that helps you get rid of bundled tools that somehow sneak away and don’t get uninstalled from Add/Remove Programs of Control Panel.

How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

Once installed on your PC, this software performs a quick scan and identifies any ‘crapware’ that should be uninstalled. You have the option to keep the ones you want and remove the rest.

How to Avoid Installing Bundled Software for Windows

Batch Uninstall: If you have many programs to remove, check our write-up on this helpful batch uninstallation tool for Windows.

Take Control!

I urge everyone to take control of their PC and be cautious when installing new software. These tools may assist you in the future. If you have any questions, please post them in our forums.

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