Note: Whether this actually fits into the “scam” category is probably debatable, but it’s something to be aware of nevertheless…
There are countless free software programs and apps on the Internet, and many of them are simply outstanding. In fact, I recommend free programs to my readers all the time.
But that being said, there’s one huge problem with some free download sites: It’s easy to unknowingly download unwanted add-on software if you aren’t diligent about checking the download page for offers for “optional” programs and apps.
Many of the optional add-on programs being offered have the opt-in boxes already pre-checked. That means if you fail to notice the boxes and uncheck them, those add-on programs will be downloaded automatically along with the program you intended to download in the first place.
But now there’s another issue to watch out for. If you have an ad blocker installed on your browser it could prevent the “add-on” check boxes from even showing up on the download page. And if that happens, you might not even realize that you’re about to download the extra software.
Bottom line: Every time you start to download something from the Internet, check the download page very carefully for any mention of add-on software.
If there is even a hint that you could be downloading anything besides the program you really want, disable your ad blocker and refresh the page to see if any check boxes show up. If they do, uncheck them.
Note: Be sure to re-enable the ad blocker after the download is complete.
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