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Neat Tool of the Day: The PC De-Crapifier

New PCs tend to be full of shovelware - applications and ISP trials you'll never use. You could do a vape and reinstall, but if you don't have a vanilla OS to hand you're probably stuck with a restore image that'll just put the shovelware right back again. That's where today's neat tool comes in: The PC De-Crapifier. Regularly updated, it's a one stop shop for cleaning out a new PC.

Run the script, and it'll remove most of the most common shovelware:

The user can select exactly what is uninstalled from the list below

* QuickBooks Trial
* NetZero Installers
* Earthlink Setup Files
* Tiscali Internet Files
* Wanadoo Europe Installer
* Corel Photo Album 6
* McAffee Personal Firewall
* McAffee SpamKiller
* McAffee VirusScan Online
* McAffee Security Center
* Google Desktop
* Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
* America Online 9.0 US Version
* America Online 9.0 UK Version
* Musicmatch Jukebox
* Musicmatch Music Services
* Get High Speed Internet!
* Internet Service Offers Launcher
* Norton Ghost 10.0
* Search Assistant
* MS Plus! Photo Story 2 LE
* MS Plus! Digital Media Edition Installer
* Corel Word Perfect
* Roxio RecordNow
* Sonic DLA
* Sonic Update Manager
* Sonic RecordNow Audio
* Sonic RecordNow Copy
* Roxio MyDVD LE

Originally designed for Dell PCs (and originally called the Dell De-Crapifier), this is one for that USB key of useful tools you end up having to carry every time you go visit your relatives...



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 28th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
I was amused to read the "No Bloatware Please" post on Dell's own weblog, where I found the following gem:
    For those that want no software installed, the XPS 700 BYO customers can order the system without a hard drive.

Jul. 30th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
Sb, you star, you just saved me an hour every time my clients buy a new Dell!

Jul. 30th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
That was me - dunno why LJ decided to present me as Mr Anon. It *obviously* knew who I was or it woudbn;t have been able to list my "Freinds page".

Jul. 30th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'd like it to take off *more* Norton crud...
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