Microsoft is the Bad Guy?

You buy a PC. There is crapware all over it. Unwanted trial programs slow your brand new system to a crawl. We’re talking about the programs installed by the OEMs, you know, HP, Sony, Dell, those guys. The programs we’re talking about are the trial office and antivirus, games and photo albums. You name it and it’s there. You don’t need it and you shouldn’t want it.

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How To Remove All The Crap From A Brand New Computer

You just bought a brand new computer, and you are so excited on getting back and getting it up and running. It hasn’t been in the news much, but new PC’s just keep getting slower and slower. It makes sense because the slower the PC is, the less time it will last, and hence the sooner you buy a new computer. That’s their plan.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – August 2009

Introducing Driver Alert 2.0
Guide to Better Passwords
Fake AntiVirus Alert
Ask the Pros – PC Upgrades
Most Popular Freeware
When Your Motherboard Dies
The 500 Worst Passwords
Firefox Ready to Be #1
10 Super Firefox Extensions
Tech’s Most Magnificent Failures

Clean up messy uninstalls
Office Compatibility
Spotify Music Player
Free Fax Service
Process Library
Most Loved Desktops Library
Most Loved Notebooks Library
Drivers Library

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Fake AntiVirus At Epidemic Proportions

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Strangled by trojans, each week I see systems brought to a standstill. Sometimes it’s a neighbor and sometimes it’s a friend, but the story is always the same. “A popup said I was infected so I tried to remeove it. Now I can’t download anything. The program said it would help, but it didn’t.” They look real, mimicking Microsoft or well known AntiVirus products. The names sound ligitimate, calling themselves AntiVirus 2009 and such.

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I Hate this Keyboard!

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The word “performance” usually means CPU, memory, disk, or video performance to most people. That’s usually what I mean by it too. But after several months of experience with one particular notebook, I’ve found a component that has destroyed performance more than any other: the keyboard.

When PC Pitstop did a bloatware survey last year, we had several notebook PCs that we couldn’t return. I took one of them, the Toshiba Satellite A135, to use as a Windows Vista test system. Initially, I tried leaving all the preinstalled crapware on the system to see how it would perform. After a few weeks of that, I couldn’t stand it anymore. At least the crapware situation can be fixed, though, unlike the keyboard.

I hate this keyboard.

Take a look

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