Once again Lenovo is caught shipping PCs with dangerous crapware.
Zdnet’s Ed Bott – a long time crapware watchdog – calls on PC makers to come clean about the profits they are making from preinstalled 3rd party software.
A shocking number of Anti Virus products are generating revenue through PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
In great detail, the folks at howtogeek.com outline the risks of downloading software from sites like download.com.
Step by step guide to removing bloatware that consumes valuable resources on you PC.
Today, we came across two great articles by Matt Safford at Consumer Reports that take a detailed look at the problem with searches that reveal sponsored links for common software titles that are repackaged with foistware.
An online service that will help you avoid the additional crapware that tags along with many software installs.
We recently asked our TechTalk contributors to recommend a favorite FREE application or tool that they currently use. This post is the Dave’s Computer Tips response to our request.
The convenience of popular online download sites is overshadowed by the rampant crapware that is attached to many downloads initiated from these sites.
Far too often free software is packaged with additional junk.
Here’s a tool that makes it super simple to safely install new software, and keep it all up to date…
Ed Bott points out that the recent “must install” Java update was bundled with crapware and examines why foistware still exists.
The good folks at Information Week obviously share our frustration with the long history of Windows PCs packed with space consuming and in some cases performance crippling Crapware.
Microsoft wants you to experience the true power, speed, and elegance of Windows – and the company will only charge you $99 to do so. That’s the price of Microsoft’s new Signature service, which removes third-party crapware from your PC, and promises to boost performance. Read on to find out if it’s worth the money…
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.
…one of the main reasons to have WinPatrol is to remove their junk software which sneaks on to computers.
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.
By Leo Notenboom
When purchasing a new machine, not only are you entitled to a clean software install, but it’s critical for your security.
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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.
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