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Tag-along Software. Eric Moore Computer Users Group of Greeley. What Is It?. Additional software that may be installed when you install other software May be made by the same company or by a third-party May or may not be related to the software you need Usually optional

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Tag along software

Tag-along Software

Eric Moore

Computer Users Group of Greeley


What is it

What Is It?

  • Additional software that may be installed when you install other software

  • May be made by the same company or by a third-party

  • May or may not be related to the software you need

  • Usually optional

  • Sneaky: Can easily “slip by” if you are not attentive


Types of tag along software

Types of Tag-along Software

  • Web browser toolbar “helpers” (e.g. Ask, AVG)

  • Web browsers (e.g. Chrome)

  • Anti-virus apps (e.g. McAfee)


Why you don t want it

Why You Don’t Want It

  • You do not need it

  • I may be sub-standard, meant more to fatten someone’s wallet

  • It may take up memory resources (e.g. browser toolbar add-ons)

  • It takes up disk space

  • It may be buggy, unstable, or risky

  • It could intentionally be malware or spyware

  • It may conflict with other software, such as you anti-virus

  • It may change your software preferences, such as your default web browser and home page


Where you may encounter them

Where You May Encounter Them

  • Additional links and checkboxes on software download sites

    • Download.com

    • Tucows.com

    • Adobe.com

  • May be contained within the actual software installer that you download from these and other sites


How to prevent them

How to Prevent Them

  • When downloading, be sure you click on the correct link and uncheck what you do not want

  • When installing, carefully read each dialog

  • If you do not recognize a particular app, decline to install it

  • Check your installed programs before and after

  • If you find anything new and unfamiliar on your computer, research it on the web to see what it is

  • If you do not need it and know it is safe to remove, do so


Examples as time allows

Examples (As Time Allows)

  • Adobe Flash

  • Download.com

  • VLC Media Player

  • YouTube Free Downloader

  • CCleaner


Questions

Questions?


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