Five apps for getting rid of aggravating crapware
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ntIf you buy new PCs from OEMs, you are probably all too familiar with the plague known as “crapware”: the useless applications that come installed with Windows. Crapware wastes space, often ties up your RAM and CPU power, and can be a pain to get rid of. Here are five tools to help you deal with it.
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The PC Decrapifier
ntThe PC Decrapifier is a zero-install application that easily removes the most common pieces of junk that clutter up a new Windows PC. You can run it from a USB drive, which is especially useful for desktop support technicians. The PC Decrapifier has two low-priced purchase plans, one for commercial use and one for individuals.
ntSlimComputer removes crapware and performs basic performance tuning, such as disabling services and reordering startup items. It can also remove less intrusive items, like links to trial offers.
ntSlimComputer lets users give feedback on what applications should be included in the scans, and it uses a cloud-based system to get this crowdsourced data when you run a scan.
ntWinPatrol is available as a feature-limited free edition as well as a paid version. Read TechRepublic’s interview with WinPatrol’s author.