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Software companies sometimes create an installation routine that if the user doesn't read carefully installs bunch of 3rd party software, such as Google toolbar, Yahoo toolbar etc.

Is there a small piece of software that doesn't need much system resources and monitors if software tries to install 3rd party software, blocks it and alerts the user?


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How do you determine what is 3rd party and what is not? Many installers legitimately call secondary or tertiary installers just to install the main application. – MaQleod Jul 21 '11 at 14:55

If the installation program has those 3rd party software files included in it's installation script, then there's not much you can do about it. But if the installation program executes a separate installation program for the 3rd party program then you can be warned.

Simply use UAC of Windows if you do not already. UAC is in fact a great security solution of Windows despite the negatives spread around about it. UAC can and will warn you about those sneaky extra installs included in some installations.


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