New PCs have all kinds of software you may not need or want
New PCs come installed with all types of, well, gunk. Gunk is software you don’t need, don’t want, and didn’t ask for, it’s there anyway, hogging up your Start menu, Desktop, and bogging down both you and your PC. Get rid of it!
Here are some examples of what you can expect to find on a new PC from a major retailer or PC manufacturer; while reading through this list, try to decide if you’d use or appreciate this software or if you wouldn’t:
* A free trial of Microsoft Office.
* A free trial for America Online and similar companies.
* Unexpected Desktop pop-ups from the manufacturer, prompting you to upgrade your warranty, register, or visit its Web site.
* Proprietary software from the manufacturer that you won’t use, such as media music services, media installers, and “experience" software.
* Third-party software you may not be interested in, including mapping software, games, DVD burning software, and image-editing software.
* Bundled office software including Microsoft Works, which you won’t need if you already use Microsoft Office.
* On PCs that are media centers, multiple DVD burning software applications.
* Third-party software such as Quicken, Microsoft Money, Quick Time, MusicMatch, and Microsoft Picture It! (This type of third-party software will often time-out 30 to 60 days after you first use it.)
You need to get rid of what you won’t need or won’t be using right away. But, how do you know what to keep, what you need, and what you can safely delete? It isn’t that complicated, really. Let’s start with the free trials.