Unchecky 0.2.1 Beta

Tired of unchecking unrelated offers while installing software?

Have you ever felt, while installing software, that the installer tries to push additional unwanted programs at all cost? Ever missed a checkbox, and spent hours afterwards removing adware? Ever opened your browser after an installation, only to find out that you have a new homepage, a new search engine, or even a new browser? Unchecky aims to keep potentially unwanted programs out of your computer.

Unchehky’s primary feature is automatic unchecking of unrelated offers, such as potentially unwanted programs, offers to change your homepage or your search engine. With Unchecky, these offers become opt-in instead of opt-out, i.e. they will be installed only if you explicitly choose you want them (you usually don’t).

Another important feature of Unchecky is that it warns when you accept a potentially unwanted offer. Installers often provide them as a natural part of the installation, so they can easily be accepted by mistake. With Unchecky, it’s less likely to accidentally accept such offers.

Unchecky is not an universal solution, and might not support installers which were not released yet. Thus, it’s worth noting that Unchecky updates automatically, so you don’t have to worry about running the latest version.

What's new in this version:

  • The executables of Unchecky are now digitally signed. More details here.
  • Improved support for installer based on installCore, examples: one, two, three.
  • Improved support for Widestream6.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Dutch translation, by Studio 384.
  • Simplified Chinese translation, by Zhe Zhang.
  • Japanese translation, by milksizegene.
  • Translation updates.

TIP: If 'Unchecky' is not enough for you than read the ''Avoiding Adware in Installers'' guide to find out more about potentially unwanted programs and how to avoid them. Thanks Xinok!

Download: Unchecky 0.2.1 Beta | 636 KB (Freeware)
View: Unchecky Website

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Sad that you need stuff like this on Windows. Does any of this crap happen with installers on the Windows app store in Windows 8 too?

Only desktop apps has this. I don't see how Modern applications could install crapware with the restrictions and installing an app on the windows store is only 1 click usually.

Thanks for the info. The MS app store is only Modern apps then? Good move to remove the annoying installer, but does that mean you have to hunt in the app settings to opt out of certain things, or is there nothing really that bad?

The Windows Store (not MS, that's different) has both desktop and modern apps, but it's mainly filled with Modern apps. Desktop app aren't actually hosted on the store, you get redirected to the product's webpage where you can download the installer.

In Modern apps, there's no crapware, maybe ads, but there's nothing that will get installed in your computer other than the app itself. You can restrict the app permission in the settings if needed as well.