Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The PC Decrapifier

Remove Trialware and Other Annoying PC Crap
Most people only get one new computer every 4-6 years. I, on the other hand, set up new computers almost every day. So, having the convenience of a utility that detects the "crap" (or unnecessary programs) is essential. For instance, many new computers from the big manufacturers like Sony, HP/Compaq, Toshiba, Dell, etc. ship with annoying 30-90-day trial applications, games, and other programs that simply bog down the machine and make it run slower than it would without them. Many people disregard these programs, but they simply add to the fat, and eventually contribute to slowing down that new computer very quickly. Also, with a trial version of a program like Norton Internet Security, the service provided by the application is only good for a limited time. In the case of Norton, only 60-90 days. Wouldn't it be nice to have a utility that detected this junk, commonly known as "bloatware"? Well, now there is.

The PC Decrapifier will uninstall many of the common trialware and annoyances found on the PCs from big name manufacturers. Here is the current list of software and items that the PC Decrapifier can detect and remove.
Download the program by clicking on the icon at the top of this post, or follow any of the links I have provided. Open up the zip file and run the EXE. There is no installer necessary. If you have anti-virus software installed, it may complain about this program because it is written with a scripting language. These warnings can be safely ignored.

After downloading PC Decrapifier and running the very small .exe file, you get to see the list of items it detects and then choose what will be removed automatically. The commercial version has the additional ability to automate itself. But this program is free for the home user. So, you're now in control of what gets left on a new PC and what gets removed. It's a nice helping hand to get you up and running, and minimize the amount of junk you have out-of-the-box.

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