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Beware of Hidden Software Installs

With all of the many legitimate software updates we have on our computers, there are many opportunities for unwanted software to install itself with these updates. Whether it’s a Java, Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash update, there can be options during the install that need attention.

Here is an example of the McAfee Security Scan Plus option that comes with the Java update. By default the box is checked and this program will be installed with the update. By itself, this could be a useful program, but having it installed with our Microsoft Forefront anti-virus program can cause performance and stability problems. Before finishing an update by clicking on the Install or Next button, just make sure there isn’t some unwanted program that needs to have an option box unchecked. It just may save you from some unwanted computer issues.

Desktop Support Specialists Jon Fry, (701) 231-7934; Jerry Ranum, (701) 231-6395; Blair Johnson, (701) 231-7896

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