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Jan 8th


Free Your PC from Bloatware

Opening a pristine box to find a shiny new device conjures up that feeling of excitement children get opening a colorfully wrapped gift box with a new toy inside. However, it can be somewhat disheartening to find your new tablet, PC or smartphone already jam-packed with applications slowing it down. One device comes brand new with 54% of its hard drive space taken up! Not to worry-you can fix this and speed up your device's startup time by getting rid of the programs you don't need.

Manufacturers get paid to install bloatware-unnecessary applications that take up lots of space-on new devices, making them sluggish and less responsive. The positive side to this is that the money from software companies for pre-installing the applications helps keep the overall price of the device lower for consumers (you can actually pay more for a Windows machine without all the extra software). The negative side is that these applications can substantially slow down your new computer. Removing bloatware improves computer speed by up to 40-percent on average.

Getting rid of programs you don't need is relatively easy. Just be careful NOT to delete anything your computer needs in order to run (been there, done that, not a fond memory). You can do this manually, if you are relatively tech savvy, by figuring out which programs you should uninstall. Try searching online for any applications you're unsure about and find out if they are useful before uninstalling them. The website is a great place to start.

If you don't feel comfortable choosing programs to uninstall yourself, or if you just don't have time, try using one of the many free options that help locate and remove unwanted computer trash. AOL Computer Checkup Lite is a free program that shows you what's slowing down your computer, how to fix computer errors and how to speed up your device. Sometimes you won't even know an application is slowing you down because it's running in the background.

Lastly, some techies choose to remove everything from their PC and install a clean version of Windows without all the extra apps. If you choose to go this route, make sure you download and install the drivers and hardware utilities for your laptop after installing Windows.

The following are the most common pre-installed software programs on the top selling PCs at Best Buy:
  • Veriface Pro
  • Evernote
  • Nitro Pro 8
  • Dragon Assistant
  • CyberLink YouCam
  • Nitro PDF Reader
  • Power2Go DVD
  • Intel® Appup
  • Pocket Cloud Companion
  • Nero BackItUp Essentials
Don't let your shiny new PC, phone or tablet get bogged down by applications like this. Sweep away those pesky apps that you'll never use and enjoy a much speedier device!

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