Crapware refers to applications that come preinstalled on a new computer when you purchase a branded one. Also, when you purchase a used computer, you find software that you may not use. In short, programs that are not of relevance to you are crapware for you. Removing each one manually can be a tiresome job, especially in case of new computers. Examples include and are not limited to the branding of Internet Explorer and other browsers. You may also find a video player of some company but you know you will never use it so it is crapware for you.
Free Crapware Removal Software
Nevertheless, you may want to exorcise your new Windows computer first, before you start using it, since crapware is known to make PC’s take twice as long to boot!. Here are top handpicked applications that help you remove crapware from Windows.
The PC Decrapifier
As the name suggests, the software provides for removing all unwanted programs. You can select multiple items and then uninstall them with one click. The PC Decrapifier is free for personal use while the commercial version would cost you USD 25.
The best thing about PC Decrapifier is that you need not install it to your desktop. You can run it from a pen drive. You can download it from pcdecrapifier.com.
Though not automatic, WinPatrol helps you disable unwanted startup programs. You can also remove Internet Explorer add-ons and unwanted Windows services. The application is available in both free and paid (PLUS) versions. The free version is good enough but if you go for the PLUS version you get additional features such as support and looking up items displayed in the startup section.
With WinPatrol, you can disable unwanted software and also delay startup programs to speed up your computer. You can download it from winpatrol.com. I recommend it as must-have program on Windows operating system.
SlimComputer does not only uninstall the programs, it also helps you clean the computer after the uninstalls are done. You can run a scan after uninstall to clean all the traces of crapware you removed. If you wish to use the program from a pen drive you can use “Portable” option in Settings to create a portable version of SlimComputer.
The only bad thing here is you have to remove each program manually just as you do with Windows Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features in Windows 7.
The best thing about SlimComputer is that it displays user opinions from across the web allowing you to decide if you wish to remove a program. In addition, you can click the More Info icon against each program to understand if you would need that program in future.
Please let us know if you have used any other anti-crapware and found it satisfactory – so that we may share it with others.