Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise — Why do new PCs come with so much junkware? Ed Bott hits the nail on the head with something that really annoys me. Recently I purchased a new laptop from Dell and had to spend a bunch of time uninstalling a bunch of crap software that I didn’t want that was bloating my new machine. Do I want 6 months of free anti-virus protection? Hell no. Do I want 6 months free of AOHell? No friggin’ way. Microsoft Messenger? No, thank you. Quick books or whatever else they call that Quicken crap, nope. What a pain in the ass to have to uninstall all that stuff. Outlook Express? The worst email reader of all time. Music Match or whatever the hell it’s called that wants to be my “preferred media player? Go away.
And then what’s worse is all these things are time programmed to pop up on you in the future. I uninstalled Word Perfect when I got my PC and now some damned Word Perfect thing is trying to run every two days and everytime it does it asks me to install the Word Perfect disc — and the only way to kill this is with the control alt delete. Ughhh.
Why not let me click a little box on what software on want preinstalled with my PC? You can make the default that they are all checked but give me a chance to opt out if I want. Ed correctly identifies the motivation for Dell and most other OEMs loading your new PC up with this crap.
“The makers of the bundled software pay cash to Dell for every copy of junkware installed on a new PC. (Hmm, where else have I seen that business model?) Pretending that this is some sort of noble customer service is a flat-out lie.”
I’m paying you good money for hte PC. How about not subjecting me to this annoyance? I Wish something could be done about this.