Dirty Trick Some Shareware Installs Do – Plus How to fixes


I’ve “got the pip” with shareware installs which do stuff to your machine that they should not do (my opinion).. So, after cleaning up another “mess” from a shareware install,  I have decided to write this so that others can “clean up the mess” that some shareware installs leave as well.

Maybe, just maybe, if enough people read this, and learn how to “remove the mess” that shareware installs leave behind, those producing the “mess” will give up causing us the inconvenience of removing it afterwards and stop making a “mess” in the first place.

Adding their site as a homepage in Internet Explorer


When you open internet explorer, you get the products web page, as well as the site you want as you home page. This can be very annoying, and very simple to undo.

How to Undo:

From The Tools menu item in Internet Explorer select the Internet options menu item image

This will give you the following dialog. Remove the web sites you do not want opening automatically as you home pages. The use the OK button to save the changes. image

Add a Tool Bar to Internet Explorer you did not want


You’ve a tool bar you don’t want!

How to Undo:

Tools -> Manage Add-Ons


The just find the “offending” Add-On and disable it. There are a couple of places to find it in, but looking at all of the things added to Internet Explorer, you should be able to find the ones you want to switch off.

Adding something extra into your system start up


You have a new, and unwanted, notification icon in the system tray.

The shareware throws up a nag screens, either each time you boot up, or periodically.

How to Undo

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> System Configuration -> Start Up Tab image

Turn the tick off (set a Date Disabled) for the things you don’t want.

Warning: Turning off things which you don’t understand could you problems, just find the software vender, software name for the thing(s) you wish to kill.

<Apply> and the <OK>


If you have read to here, then hopefully you now feel equipped to go and clean up the “mess” shareware installs have left on your machine. I wish you good success in removing those bits of the products you did not bargain on getting in the first place.

If enough people learn to remove the “mess” from shareware installs, maybe the people writing the shareware installs give up on making the “mess” in the first place. I hope this blog post goes some way to spelling the end of these “nasty habit”.

PS: Spread the word, remove the “mess”, and take control of your machine again!

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  1. #1 by Jamboree In The Hills on February 17, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    Awesome post. Do you mind if I ask what your source is for this information?

    • #2 by aussiecraig on February 18, 2011 - 4:40 pm

      The source is just my years’ experience using and developing on Windows. The experience developing and using Windows is added to by the fact that I keep trying to learn how things work on the platform.
      There have been many tricks and traps that different pieces of software have tried to pull, over the years.
      These tricks and traps, finally got “up my noes” enough that I thought I’d let other people fight back as well.


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