This post is meant to guide you on how to automatically remove a most, if not all of the bloatware on your brand new PC, or even an older PC that has slowed down over time. Read on and learn what you can do to both protect and enhance your Windows PC to keep it running smoothly, and keep it secure.
First, let's start with a free program that assists you in automatically detecting and removing crapware.
With the unwanted software removed, let's proceed with the free software that we do want:
On Windows 8, you do have the built in Windows Defender which provides antivirus and spyware protection. On earlier versions of Windows you can also download Microsoft Security Essentials for free protection.
*My current recommendation is to go with Avast.*
Spywareblaster - This is like a software condom. It keeps malware from getting into your system.
VLC Media Player - Don't want to spend the extra cash to play DVD's on your computer? VLC plays just about anything that you can throw at it.
Paint.net - Photoshop is overkill for most people. This has a lot of Photoshop type of functionality for free. Combined with Picasa most standard editing needs will be covered.
Picasa - Use this software to organize and fix/enhance photos.
7zip - The swiss army knife of compressed files. It works with zip, rar, ace, etc. I prefer it to Peazip, but everyone should form their own opinion.
Peazip - This software lets you compress or uncompress many of the different types of files that you will encounter online.
Libreoffice - If you need Microsoft Office compatibility but don't want to pay the Microsoft price then this software is for you.
Abiword - If your need is simply geared towards word processing or Microsoft Word compatibility then Abiword may be all that you need.
Pidgin - Connect to virtually every instant messaging service with this program.
Ccleaner - This cleans up junk files on your PC, as well as helps to remove obsolete registry objects.
With the assortment of software presented here, you should be well prepared to handle all the computing basics. Always remember that the one thing that you cannot download is common sense! There is no better protection. If something seems fishy, then leave it alone until you can research it or ask someone who is an expert on the matter.