11-30-2008 01:27 PM
11-30-2008 01:31 PM - edited 11-30-2008 01:32 PM
Believe it or not a brand new computer should not need optimizing to begin with, those programs are easily uninstallable.
There is a utility on the internet called the PC DeCrapifier. Its purpose is to scan your computer for unwanted junk, and then give you the chance to remove it. After you pick your unwanted stuff off the computer, just click next, and it automates the junk removal process!
Heres the link if you are interested, http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
12-01-2008 09:10 AM
I'm a big fan of optimizing. All computer manufacturers get paid from 3rd party vendors to include software on their machines. Every one of them, Dell, HP, Gateway, Acer, Lenovo, everyone (except Apple) includes some junkware. All that stuff is running as soon as you turn the machine on. Take it all off, it's all eating up resources! Sometimes they'll include decent programs, like DVD burning programs, webcam stuff, etc. But mostly, it's trialware that you don't need or want. And some of them leave traces even after you uninstall them (Norton is known for this, among others).
Don't believe me? Go to task manager in Windows, and start Googling all those processes that are running. If it's a brand new machine, I'd bet there are 15-20 you don't need. The only time you don't need to optimize is if you're installing a new retail version of Windows on a computer. But when you buy a new one from a vendor, you're going to have stuff on it. And the more stuff you install, the more you're going to have. So you'll want to have it optimized periodically to keep up.
There are free programs like CCleaner that will allow you to remove things, but I don't recommend messing with startup and services items, or registry stuff, unless you know EXACTLY what you're doing. That's what the opimization that Best Buy does is.
12-02-2008 12:37 AM