Unchecky, a popular Windows program that blocks adware and third-party offers during software installations has been acquired by Reason Software, a company known for products such as herdProtect and Should I Remove It.
Adding adware and third-party offers to software installers is big business. Windows users face lots of challenges in this regard, from tricks that make it difficult to disable a third-party offer to download wrappers on software download sites.
While manual checks offer the most thorough way of making sure that adware does not land on PCs, this only works if you know about the dangers of adware and can distinguish between adware and the main program in software installers.
Unchecky has been designed as a line of defense that uses a different method than antivirus solutions which usually block installers with potentially unwanted programs outright.
The program runs silently on the system for the most part and becomes active during software installations.
It displays a warning if the program ships with potentially unwanted programs and unchecks options and switches linked to those third-party offers as well.
The program supports a wide range of third-party offer solutions and download wrappers but relies on those information to detect and handle adware offers on Windows systems.
While it is definitely helpful, it is still recommended to check entries manually to make sure that unwanted software does not land on the PC.
A recent entry on the author's blog confirms that the software has been acquired by Reason Software.
According to the blog entry, nothing will change for existing Unchecky users. Unchecky will be integrated into Reason Software's Reason Core Security application that is available as a free and paid version.
The core difference between both versions is that the paid version offers real-time protection and automatic scans while the free version does not.
Unchecky has already been integrated into the program so that users of it benefit from its functionality.
It is not clear right now if Reason Software will take over development of Unchecky Standalone completely as well but it seems that this is the case.
The standalone version of Unchecky remains available for download on the official program website.
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