Many programs, toolbars
come bundled with other free third-party software as a common practice by legitimate vendors
(and some folks actually like the bundled offers).
When a vendor includes an add-on such as a toolbar, they do so as a way to "pay per install
" and recoup associated business costs. This practice is now the most common revenue generator for free downloads
and is typically the reason for the pre-checked option
. If pre-checked by default, that means you need to uncheck that option during installation if you don't want it. If you install too fast, you most likely will miss the "opt out" option and end up with software you do not want or need. The best practice
is to take your time during installation of any program and read everything on the screen before
clicking that "Install" or "Next" button. Even then, in some cases, this opting out does not always seem to work as intended.Calendar Of Updates
maintains a comprehensive list of software bundled with unwanted add-ons called the:Installers Hall of Shame
More information and Best practices
for downloading software can be found in this topic:About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) which change your browser settings
I have never condoned bundling of software but this is what we have to live with now as more and more legitimate vendors are doing this to recoup business expenses. Folks need to take some personal responsibility
and educate themselves about this practice.