Decrapify Your PC
By Stephen Bucaro
When you buy a new PC, it always comes loaded with unwanted trialware and
applications that you need to "register" (have your credit card ready) to
install. The PC manufacturers get paid a commission to load your hard drive
with this unwanted crap. Not only does it waste space on your hard drive,
but much of it is configured to run something at startup, slowing down
PC Decrapifier is a free program that can help you remove this crapware.
Download PC Decrapifier
and save it to your desktop. There is nothing to install, Simply run the exe.
Because PC Decrapifier has code that can make changes to your computer, when
you run the program, you'll get a User Account Control warning message.
Click on the [Yes] button to run PC Decrapifier.
It works with all versions of Windows 7, Windows XP and Vista. The program
uses a "wizard" to guide through the process. You'll have the choice to
pick and choose what you want to remove. PC Decrapifier will not remove
anything without your permission.
The first screen in the "wizard has a button "check for updates". Another
screen asks "are you running PC Decrapifier on a brand new computer out of
the box?" It would be nice if you ran this program on a new computer, before
you've installed any programs yourself, but that's usually not practical.
The next screen has a button that allows you to create a restore point.
It's a good idea to click on the [Create Restore Point] button, in case
you inadvertently remove something you didn't intend to remove.
The next few screens provide you with a list of checkboxes to select the
programs that you want removed. If you can't identify a program in the list
you might want to close PC Decrapifier and research that program before
removing it. you can find a list of what PC Decrapifier removes at
PC Decrapifier is free for personal use. If you've downloaded PC Decrapifier
found it helpful and would like to show your appreciation, you can purchase
a personal use license for $5. This provides you with advanced notices
of new versions and access to high priority support forums.
If you would like to use this program for commercial purposes, a commercial
license with additional features is $20, which is really a bargain considering
how much time you can save by using this program instead of manually
digging out each piece of crapware.
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