You just unpacked your spanking new laptop, netbook, tablet, or desktop PC. What a happy moment! But remember, it’s the first impression you get after it’s actually booted up that really counts…
Well, the first impression you get of your new PC might be one that’s been overloaded with pre-installed crapware like trial versions of software, browser toolbars and website shortcuts. These useless additions aren’t just annoying, they can also slow your PC down. We proved that a little more than a year ago with our 200 programs experiment. Now, in this week’s blog post, we’ll help you get rid of all the junk that’s on your new computer and that may have tarnished your first impression of your new system.
Why is there so much junk on my PC?
This is a common question asked by PC users. Third-party vendors like Norton, Microsoft and eBay pay hardware manufacturers to include trial software and the like. It’s actually a good thing, since trial software and ads can help to drastically reduce the price of your machine. However, after a couple of weeks (usually 15–60 days after you purchased the machine), you’ll often be bombarded with pop-ups and balloon tips asking you to activate or buy these products. And while this stuff may help make your PC cheaper, you shouldn’t have to put up with the crapware.
Solve the problem with PC Decrapifier
For many years now, PC Decrapifier’s main goal has been to get rid of the most common pre-installed software products. It’s available for free (for personal use only) from www.pcdecrapifier.com. This tiny tool detects and removes 70 trial versions and other annoying software products that regularly come with PCs.
Here’s how it works—just download PC Decrapifier and launch it. Make sure you click on “Check for updates” to find the latest products. Hit “Next” three times in a row then answer the “Is this a New PC?” question appropriately.
To be on the safe side, hit “Create Restore Point” on the next screen. Although chances are very slim, there might be side effects to uninstalling so many programs all at once. Hit “Next” and wait for the list of crapware to appear. Carefully go through the items and decide which ones you need and which ones you don’t!
Confirm removal of all of the items you don’t need by clicking “OK”.
That’s it! Your PC will be able to breathe again, your desktop will be neat and tidy and performance should be a whole lot better. However, since PC Decrapifier just uses the regular uninstallers for all of these products, you shouldn’t expect everything to be removed completely.
Get rid of unnecessary toolbars
PC Decrapifier detects some browser toolbars, but not all of them. These little helpers can be very annoying—they clutter up the top section of your browser, cause crashes and generally slow things down.
To get rid of these toolbars, open the “Add-on” management tool of your browser. In Internet Explorer 9, for example, you should click on the small tool icon in the upper right-hand corner.
Go to “Manage add-ons”. The next window should show a handful of unnecessary add-ons; turn these off immediately.
Confirm with “Disable”, and repeat this step for all of those annoying toolbars you don’t need. If you’re using Internet Explorer 8 or lower, we recommend you upgrade to Internet Explorer 9. Microsoft’s new browser handles add-ons much better and doesn’t activate each and every one by default. However, if you’re still plagued by annoying add-ons, try this Microsoft solution: “Fix Internet Explorer add-on problems when Internet Explorer hangs or freezes”. It’s Microsoft’s politically correct way of telling you that it’s getting rid of the clutter but doesn’t want to name any names.
Use TuneUp Utilities 2011 to take care of everything else
Having removed so much junk, you now have an immediate need to get rid of temporary files and abandoned registry entries. That’s where our own PC optimization suite TuneUp Utilities comes in. Download and install the 15-day trial version, and go to the “Gain disk space” category to get rid of old backups and unnecessary files.
Move over to the “Optimize system” category and use the “clean registry” feature to get rid of all of the keys and values the other uninstallers couldn’t remove. We also recommend you access the “Remove broken shortcuts” feature and delete those as well.
Done! Now you can enjoy your sparkling new computer without all the crapware and ads cluttering up your daily computing routine.
What did you think of this blog post? Do you have any other tips or tricks to share when it comes to decrapifying your PC?
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