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Best Buy offers a service that removes unneeded software from a Brand New Computer for about $130.   What is your recommendation for removing this software from a new computer by ourselves.
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What operating system?
Vista? XP?

If in Xp, then go to Control panel (START > CONTROL PANEL) and click on "ADD/REMOVE"

In that menu you will see a whole list of installed applications.

Click the ones you want to remove and press "CHANGE/REMOVE"

This will launch the uninstaller for you.

Vista is simular, but the "ADD REMOVE" menu is now called "PROGRAMS" and is still located in control panel.
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by:salpnt8
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thx...as show above, i have Vista...my problem is that i am not sure what to remove when using the Change/Remove program that comes with the compter......i have heard of "decrapifier" software, but was wondering what BestBuy uses and if there is a more user friendly program for freeing up space on the hard drive without screwing up the computer.
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OK, well you have a brand new computer. So there should only be programs that come from the factory on your system.

> Go to "Vista Button (start)"
> Then click on the "Control Panel"
> Make sure that you have "Classic View" selected on the left hand panel
> Then click on "Programs and Features"
> then tell me the list of programs you have, i'll tell you what you do not need based on the information you give me, and i'll tell you what programs are spyware or advertising related
(like for instance the Google Toolbar)

IF your talking about a more in depth program scan (like unwanted programs that are not visible because they are malicious ETC) then you may need some other Spyware or Malware removal software.

i have a couple of Free ones here that are really good quality...

Spybot - go to this web address then scroll to the download. Click, download, update and install then do a full scan:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

This is malwarebytes. Another great malicious softeware removal tool:
http://malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

get the free one (just click "download") and update / install / scan

Do all of these steps and you have yourself a squeaky clean PC.

Good luck
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by:nobus
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a couple more :
     adaware :      http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
  http://housecall.trendmicro.com/                                                               online scan for trojans
http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html                                   download
http://www.hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english                                check the log
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by:Anthony Russo
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Here's one of the easiest programs there is for exactly that purpose, and it's free.

http://www.freewaregenius.com/2006/12/24/pc-decrapifier/

Good luck,

Anthony
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