Tech tip Tuesday – Beware of Crapware

Illustration for PC Magazine article depicting computer malware

Trying to save money so you buy a really cheap PC? There’s a reason that PC costs so little: software makers pay to have their software loaded on the PC in advance or on the install disc the store gives you. Uninstalling it proves time-consuming and frustrating. How to Clean Crapware From a New PC by Eric Griffith on PC Magazine describes how to solve this problem so you can buy your cheap PC and use it too.

The solution:
– Windows 10 (not 7, 8, or 8.1)
– start with a full reset of the OS using the Windows 10 Refresh Tool
– Beware of download sites such as CNET’s Downloads.com, Tucows, FileHippo, Softpedia, Snapfiles
– Download from the software developer’s sites

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