Once upon a time, when you added a program to your computer, you had to spend hours configuring it to run. Windows, bless it, ended that pain, but its auto install feature added some others.
Every time you install a new program, it adds other stuff. It’s how programmers make money. Install a game and a nefarious toolbar shows up in your browser. And on and on.
Each one of these additions wants to be seen, so it loads into your Windows start up and adds an icon on your desktop. That means every time you start your system, it loads the parasite. As you add more, eventually your computer is crawling, and you’re angry.
You can uninstall the initial program, but the extras will remain, piling up like so much horse crap. It’s the No. 1 problem I look for when someone complains about slowing down.
I chanced upon a free program aptly named PC Decrapifier. It’s a safe and easy way to wipe your system of unwanted junk.
No. 1 question: Why is it free? Its developer sells diagnostic tools to the tech community. Decrapifier is a way to attract that expert market. That basically guarantees it will work or the company will take a hit.
I did some research and found a review on PC Magazine. They love it.
Decrapifier is a brief, 1.4-megabyte download. Its size deceives. I like that it does not go through the usual Windows installation. It’s a self-contained program that launches itself each time and does not add anything anywhere. You could run it on a flash drive or create a folder for it on your hard drive. I created a shortcut for it to launch from my desktop.
First thing you see is it can create a restore point in case something goes wrong. You can always go back to a working system via Windows Restore.
Next, it scans your drive looking for, well, crap. I thought my system was clean, but it had been loading four unseen junk programs with each startup plus a toolbar.
How does it know this stuff is crap? Decrapifier is smart. It remembers the signatures of the top programs its users delete.
It gives you the choice to delete or save. The only ones I save are from reputable companies such as Microsoft.
With new computers, Decrapifier is my first step. They’re jammed with pre-installed advertising software such as shills for games or trial versions. It’s important to get rid of this junk, and Decrapifier does the deed. Some stores are charging $70 to do this on new computers.
The free download is at www.pcdecrapifier.com.
Contact Jim Hillibish at firstname.lastname@example.org.