I'm setting up a new laptop that will be my main computer and offer these tips in case they help someone else. (All of this is for a machine running Windows 7.)
One of the things that new computers come with is software you didn't ask for. In some cases, it's just taking up space. In others, it's connecting the machine to websites with or without notifying the user. And in some cases, there are alternatives that are better. Some call it bloatware. Some call it far worse.
I call it uninstalled.
The method differs slightly depending on your version of Windows, but it generally involves using the Control Panel to get a list of installed software. From that list, you can start uninstalling.
Here's what I took off my machine:
-- Bing bar for Internet Explorer; I wouldn’t have to, because I’m not going to use IE. But I won’t use it, so I might as well lose it.
-- Nuance pdf reader. I don't know why this was installed. I recognize that some Adobe software is a resource hog, but I have Acrobat Pro, so I'll use Adobe's reader. I just don't need this alternative reader. (I would be interested in hearing from anyone who uses it regularly.)
-- Several games. I won't play many games on this computer. I have time-killing apps on my phone and my tablet.
-- Syncables desktop SE, which lets you synchronize data on more than one computer. It's the light version, which has a limit of items to be synced, but I don't need it in any case.
-- Microsoft Office 2010 (trial version). (I had a full version waiting to install.)
-- Trend Micro Internet Security. I teach part-time at the University of Illinois and I use the UI-issued McAfee antivirus software.
Some of these packages demand you restart the machine before the uninstallation is complete. Do that, and you're done.
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