PostPoints tip: Police program installers
A lot of Windows programs act as if they are the most important software in the world--or so you'd judge from their installation routines, which dump links and shortcuts all over the desktop and Start menu. Cleaning up after that junk takes time, especially when each update to the program repeats the littering offense. Instead, opt for a custom install, an option you should see presented by the installer under labels like "custom install," "options" or "customize." This should let you opt out of unnecessary desktop clutter and decline the extra applications that are installed alongside some new releases. You can also use this trick with the few Mac programs that require installers, but most Mac software only requires you drag and drop a program's icon into a Mac's Applications folder. If a strange Mac application asks you to type an administrator password before its installer will run, you should be suspicious.
(This tip originally ran on Oct. 23, 2007. I'm recycling older tips--updated where necessary--while I'm out on parental leave through mid-August.)
August 16, 2010; 9:39 AM ET
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Posted by: memew | August 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse