Why do we get crapware or craplets on our machines? The answer, as you probably could already guess, is that OEMs make money from crapware. Companies actually pay to have their applications pre-installed on a PC. And what are these craplets? It’s a word for all of the software an OEM, installs on your new Windows PC. Some may be useful, others are not! Of course, the definition of what is a craplet and what is not, may vary from user to user.
OEMs prefer to frame it differently, saying that such deals help keep the cost of computers low.
Crapware might be in the form of a trialware or a bloated driver CD that installs additional junk on top of the required driver or it might be software that came with a router, printer, or broadband service that the typical user unwittingly installs or it’s the stuff that came pre-installed on the PC you purchased.
If you are a power user you know what to remove and how to exorcise your new Windows computer before using it. For others there is a wonderful utility called PC DeCrapifier. This tool is designed to remove a specific list of unwanted software in an unattended fashion.
PC DeCrapifier is easy to use. Once you have downloaded and installed it, run it. It will ask you if yours is a new computer or an old one. Next it will scan your system for installed programs, and present you with a list which it thinks may be crapware. But it is important that you go through this list and only when you are sure, uninstall it, by checking its check box.
Clicking on the Help link next to an entry will take you to a webpage that will give information you need about that software, so that you can take an informed decision.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.