When you buy a new Laptop or Desktop it comes with a lot of pre-installed software which may or may not be required by you. These are commonly known as bloatware or crapware. Most of the time bloatware can cause your computer to run slow or sluggish which can be really annoying specially when it’s a new computer. People end up saying Windows is slow, when it is actually this crapware which slows down Windows.
I remember when I got my Samsung Laptop it took me few days to completely remove all the bloatware and cleanup and bring it to just Windows preinstalled application. One of my client approached me and asked me if there is an easy way to remove those bloatware. That got me thinking and started researching for some free crapware removal tools and found out this great little newly-launched software called Decrap My Computer. Decrap is a lightweight, standalone program for performing unattended uninstallation of software. The program has been especially designed for easy removal of the pre-installed crapware which comes with new PC’s.
So before I decided to recommend Decrap, I decided to test it out first. The installation is pretty straight forward, but at the end of the installation this freeware started to connect to some website – so I decided to use the Resource Monitor to check out where it was connecting. I found out that it had connected to lux.macecraft.com which makes JV16 Power Tools Lite. It looked like Decrap was downloading some language packages.
Once the download was complete, the install is completed, and the application starts scanning installed applications & bloatware.
The application is designed to look for crapware which is installed on some popular companies like:
Asus Bloatware. ASUS Tutor, ASUS LifeFrame3, ASUS WebStorage and ASUSVibe.
HP Crapware. HP Customer Service enhancements, HP Update, HP Total Care Setup and ProtectSmart.
Dell Bloatware. Dell Stage, Dell Digital Delivery and Dell DataSafe, just to mention a few examples.
Toshiba Bloatware. Toshiba Disc Creator, Toshiba ReelTime, Service Station, Bulletin Board and Toshiba Assist.
All these can be easily uninstalled with Decrap my Computer.
Once it’s scan all the files it will give you two choices: Fully automatic mode, means that the application will automatically decide which application to remove. But I will not recommend this because no matter how intelligent the software is it’s not recommend to let the program decide what to do without users input. So leave the option unchecked, select Manual and click next to see the list of applications installed.
From the list, you can decided which one can stay and which one to remove. Once you’re done click Next and proceed. Remember not to select any Windows-based software. If you are not sure, then Bing for it to find out. Once you click Next, the application will prompt you to create a System Restore point. So be sure to select the option as I will not recommend you to continue further without creating one.
Finally, you have the Registry Cleaning option to clean residual registry entries. JV16 is a popular Windows optimizer, and I suppose they are using the same registry cleaner – so I suppose it must be safe. But I never trust registry cleaners, so if I were you I would not choose this option. But again it’s depends on the user.
Once you click Next it will start removing the application and reboot the system when done.
Decrap free download
You can download the application from here. I would love to know your experience with this application. Do share you’re opinion with us under the comments section.
Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.