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List of popular software that come bundled with unwanted applications

Many software programs come bundled with toolbars (Yahoo! Toolbar, Ask Toolbar, etc) and other add-ins that gets installed on our system with or without our permission.

For me these are ‘never wanted applications’ as they can collect our browsing habits and affects system performance or broadband usage.

Of course we can easily remove them via Add/Remove programs, or uncheck the option when installing software, but not all are able to do that.

Following are some popular software that comes with toolbars and other browser add-ons. Users can take a precaution when installing these programs.

For full details visit here, following are the current list of a few selected most popular software [Note that software developers may change their program policy at any time. So the below lists may not always true, check their privacy policy when installing a software]

  1. Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition - Google Chrome
  2. Adobe Flash Player - Google Toolbar
  3. Adobe Reader - eBay Desktop
  4. Advanced SystemCare - Yahoo Toolbar
  5. Auslogics Registry Defrag - Ask Toolbar
  6. AVG LinkScanner (standalone and free) AVG Security toolbar is Yahoo Toolbar
  7. AVG 9 - AVG Security Toolbar (Yahoo Search bar)
  8. BitTorrent 6.1.2 - Ask Toolbar
  9. CCleaner (standard installer) - Yahoo Toolbar
  10. Comodo Internet Security, Antivirus & Firewall - Ask Toolbar
  11. Defraggler - Yahoo Toolbar
  12. Digsby instant messenger - bundled with unwanted add-ons and using your PC to make money.
  13. Foxit Pdf Reader - Ask Toolbar and ebay shortcut in desktop
  14. Free Download Manager – Pre checked and bundles Software Informer
  15. Glary Utilities - Ask Toolbar
  16. IrfanView (Google Toolbar for IE and Google Desktop Search)
  17. McAfee Site Advisor update - (Yahoo! default browser search)
  18. Nero Burning Rom or Nero 9 Essentials - Ask Toolbar
  19. Office Live add-in - includes Silverlight as add-on
  20. PC Tools Firewall Plus - Google Toolbar and Threatfire
  21. Recuva - Yahoo toolbar
  22. RealPlayer - Google Toolbar
  23. Spyware Doctor - Google Toolbar
  24. Spyware Terminator - Web security guard, Crawler
  25. Sun Java RE (online installer) - Google Toolbar / Live Search for Windows Toolbar. There's report too that Carbonite Backup is being offered (depends on your location)
  26. uTorrent - Ask Toolbar.
  27. Veoh media player - Yahoo toolbar, search engine change & search protection
  28. Webroot SpySweeper - Ask Toolbar
  29. Winamp - Winamp Toolbar
  30. Yahoo! Instant Messenger - Yahoo! toolbar, with ‘Yahoo! Search Protection’ and homepage change to Yahoo!
  31. ZoneAlarm - SpyBlocker (Ask Toolbar) [via]


  1. At lease CCleaner, Defraggler and Recuva give you an alternative option unlike the rest!

  2. Certainly, their portable version are also available. It is mentioned in the original source.
    Above is a current list, software companies may change their policy at any time.


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