ATI graphics drivers for HD5000 and better will install an exceedingly annoying game enhancement addon called Raptr UNLESS you take the custom install route and UNCHECK it
Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.
Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. .
ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk..
"Well, it worked in Windows 95!"
2005 - 2006 - 2007
2008 - 2009 - 2010
2011 - 2012 - 2013
Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy.. http://www.piriform.com/speccy
Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used.. http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. http://www.piriform.com/recuva
Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using.. http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml
Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell.. http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
Stardock Start8.. http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type.. http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html