For years, computer makers have managed to pull in a few extra bucks of profit out of each sale by bundling all sorts of third-party software with their machines. Commonly referred to as bloatware or crapware, these programs include everything from 30-day anti-virus trials, to needlessly complicated media applications and the always-annoying browser toolbar. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if it’s a bad product or not, you simply didn’t ask for it and yet it’s there using up space, making your system to boot slower than it should or simply getting in the way.
If you’ve ever spent hours cleaning up your (or probably your friends and family’s) newly bought computer to get it up and running in tip-top shape, then the aptly named PC Decrapifier might be of some help. This 1.3MB, no-installation utility is designed to clean off, in an unattended fashion, most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with new PCs. Simply download and run the file, after which you will be guided through the process with a "wizard" style series of questions. Just pick and choose what you want to remove and PC Decrapifier will handle the rest.
You can find a list of programs that PC Decrapifier removes on the developer’s website. A little word of advice, if there's a program you don't think you want but don't quite recognize, be sure to do a quick Google search before wiping it off so you don’t end up with a non-functioning Blu-ray drive or any random error messages. PC Decrapifier works with XP, Vista and Windows 7 systems, is free for personal use and can be downloaded here.