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Tuesday, 14 August 2007

EULAgree this could be handy!

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EULAlyzer™ 1.2

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re you one of those people that loves to download and install lots of crap, err, I mean useful little programs and utilities? Yes? Well do you know what the EULA is? Of course you do. It's that annoying little (LEGAL AGREEMENT) thing that gets in the way of you installing your latest essential PC tool such as your speaking clock, your text-to-geek-speak translator or your cool novelty screensaver that makes random farting sounds that will amuse everyone at the office when you're away from your PC.
It's just this big load of text mentioning boring stuff like: Terms, conditions and 'oh by the way we're also just going to install this other crapware that you don't need to worry about that will run your CPU usage red hot at 100% and eventually turn your PC into stone'.
But then of course you know all this already, because you ALWAYS agree to these terms don't you?
Hehe, we all do it. Next, next, next, yes I agree, do what you like just gimme the damn 'Text Colour Randomizer', next, install.
But not to worry. Help is at hand for us download addicts and downright lazy so-and-sos.
The cool guys at JAVACOOL SOFTWARE have come up with this great little tool to (err...ehem...) download and install that reads/analyzes the EULA (End User License Agreement). You can just drag and drop any EULA from a new program you are installing into EULAlyzer™ and it will look for risky terms and phrases. It will display a risk assessment and then it's up to you if you want to proceed with your latest install.

Image:JavaCool's SpywareBlaster Javacool Software are the same guys behind SpywareBlaster (currently at version 3.5.1). Which if you haven't got already, I would highly recommend getting. And you might as well 'kill two birds' while at their site. SpywareBlaster (unlike AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy) is not a 'scan and remove' type program. It "prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, diallers and other potentially unwanted software".
You may feel it's a bit 'belt and braces' to have a few spy/mal/ad/crapware programs on the same machine but as they work in slightly different ways I would recommend having at least these free security utilities:

For spy/mal/ad/crapware:

For Anti-virus:
For Anti-Rootkit:
For Firewall:
(If you only want the free with no strings firewall, make sure you click the "I only want basic ZoneAlarm protection" button.)

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