Useless Bundled Software

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I was setting up a new laptop this week and, half way through, got thinking to myself what a peculiar state of affairs we have got ourselves in to.The machine was set up and ready to use straight out the box but then I was required to spend half an hour removing all the crummy software that had been loaded by the manufacturer.Bundling software has become big business for the computer manufacturers as they are paid by the software developers themselves for every copy they distribute so below I have made a handy list of items that you should remove immediately:

Avoid: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Why?
Acrobat Reader is widely considered to be overly boated and unstable.
Superior Alternative
: FoxIt Reader (www.foxitsoftware.com) represents a small, capable, stable and free alternative.

Avoid: Trial Internet Service Provider Offer
Why?
Not only is it unlikely to be the best deal for you but as they are obsessed with bundled installations, the free trial software you receive is liable to be the incredibly bloated, unstable and possessive AOL Online.If anyone would listen, I would actually lobby to have this application legally banned on the grounds that it’s completely useless.
Superior Alternative
: Remove all traces of any free trial applications and instead find the provider that is best for you at a comparison website such as www.moneysupermarket.com

Avoid: Browser Toolbars
Why?
Unless you have specifically searched these out yourself they are unlikely to offer you features you really want while taking up space in your browser and potentially monitoring your usage habits.
Superior Alternative
: I personally question the need for any toolbars whatsoever but of course, if you do have a favourite, then simply install just that one and remove all others.

Avoid: Internet Explorer
Why
?Prone to security vulnerabilities, bloated and in most circumstances feels outdated.
Superior Alternative
: You won’t be surprised to hear that I would recommend giving Firefox (www.mozilla.com/firefox) a spin.

Avoid: Nero Essentials
Why?
Although I am not averse to the full edition of Nero, which may be bloated but is certainly feature rich, I’m a little less impressed by the free, limited versions that are shipped with many PC’s.
Superior Alternative
: For a very capable, much smaller, faster, free alternative try using CDBurnerXP (www.cdburnerxp.se).

Avoid: Bundled AntiVirus software
Why
?Any AntiVirus application bundled with your machine will almost certainly be either Norton or McAfee which are both incredibly large applications.After your 30 day grace period they will begin nagging you on a daily basis to continue your subscription for a yearly fee.
Superior Alternative
: I am still very much in love with the free AVG (http://free.avg.com) Anti-Virus checker which represents a small but incredibly powerful alternative.

Avoid: Both Quicktime and Realplayer
Why
?They load at startup, are incredibly slow and worst of all continuously gobble up system resources.The only functionality that they add is the ability to play files in either the Quicktime or Realplayer format which personally I’ve never seen the need for.
Superior Alternatives
: As much as it pains me to ratify their existence, it is likely that a website will try to force one of these formats on you at some stage so keep copies of the substantially smaller Quicktime Alternative (http://codecguide.com/download_qt.htm) and Real Alternative (http://codecguide.com/download_real.htm) to hand.

 

About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges at the UK’s lowest prices.

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