Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
by Alan German
was mentioned in Part 10 of the OPCUG Free Software Guide
(Ottawa PC News; p.7; November 2009) and promises that it
will "uninstall many of the common trialware
software applications often installed on PC's by the big
name OEM's, and will remove unnecessary items from the
I tried it out on an old Compaq desktop machine that had
been given to a friend. Much, if not all, of the original
software installed on the machine was still present. The
problem was that the machine was running really slowly.
Removing all the bloatware, in order to clean up the hard
drive, was one of the first steps taken to try to speed
PC-Decrapifier essentially runs in a wizard-like format.
It first lets you check for updates and displays its
licensing information. Then it warns that it is difficult
to tell the difference between trialware and paid-for
versions of programs so that care should be taken when
selecting items for removal. The final pre-removal items
are a check if the program is being run on a brand new
computer or not, and the opportunity to create a restore
There are two main stages to the actual software removal
process. First, the program identifies installed software
that it considers to be trialware or otherwise
undesirable. Examples present on the test system were MS
Office Standard Edition 2003 (60-day trial) and AOL.lnk.
On the subsequent screen, PC-Decrapifier appears to list
all of the other programs that are installed, and
provides a check box to select any specific item that is
to be removed. My selections included Blasterball (and
several other games), Compaq Connections and Compaq
Organize, Sonic Record Now! and Spy Subtract.
PC-Decrapifier then goes through the uninstallation
process for each checked item in turn. Some software,
such as the games, return a simple message box that the
program has been removed. Other packages go into the more
usual Windows-uninstall process, and produce various
dialogue boxes for confirmations and to provide progress
Once the removal is complete, a final screen asks for any
comments that you might have as optional feedback to the
program's developer. There is also a link for you to
click "if this program saved you $5 of your
My guess is that the resulting web page will ask for a $5
donation to the cause. Now, I don't want to appear
ungrateful, but the program really didn't do much more
than I could have done myself using the Add or Remove
Programs feature in Windows. So, instead of hitting the
link, I just pressed Finish, and exited gracefully, stage
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