Free and Useful
Welcome to the second installment of our “Free Utilities” series. In this collection of posts we are checking out various utilities that are available online for free, that can potentially help your computer move a little quicker. This way, you can possibly avoid that moment where you finally lose it, and throw it off of a cliff. As always, we suggests that you consult with a computer technician (such as your local Computer Depot Staff), before you attempt any drastic alterations to your system (such as the cliff thing). Also, bare in mind that we have tested these utilities to make sure that they not only work, but are free of malware.
In our last installment, we talked about Ccleaner, and now we are going to move on to another step in the process to optimize a system.
If you read an earlier post on “Squeaky Clean Windows“, you may have an idea of what Bloatware is, and you can skip this and the next paragraph. If not, it is always a good idea to know not only how to optimize a system, but what causes them to slow down in the first place.
AKA: fatware, software bloat, crapware, crudware.
Bloatware is software installed on a system that is either useless, or is designed poorly and therefore uses too many resources such as memory or hard disk space. This problem does not only exist with systems that have been used for years, but is also installed on new systems. Items such as internet explorer toolbars, Windows widgets, and most programs with a company name attached to them. In those cases, those companies pay to have those programs included on new systems, and they are basically useless, resource eating machines. Remember, this is in some cases. Some systems, for example, need a wireless assistant, or printing software.
So what do you do, when you see all of these unneeded programs and they don’t show up in the control panel? Well, this week our featured free utility is called Revo. This program was created to make that pesky software accessible, and easy to delete. The coolest feature about Revo is that, not only does it get rid of bloatware; it deletes any trace of it on your system.
The first step is to go to www.revouninstaller.com, then downloads, and select the freeware version,(Of course the free version is going to try to sell you the paid for version, just ignore it every time). Once you open Revo, it will collect a list of all the programs and software that can be deleted off of your system. Simply scroll down the list and select the one that you wish to delete. Revo will then ask you if you want to do a moderate or advanced removal, and I typically pick advanced. Consider this a deeper cleaning, (the hoover of software removal). Select the check box to delete all. This is the cool part: Revo will then proceed to completely wipe all trace of the software from the system.
After you have repeated the steps for the programs that you feel are unnecessary, you can then move on to other types of optimization.
Revo does lack in its ability to find tool bars, and for that i recommend using Ccleaner’s programs option, or control panel. Other than that, Revo goes a step beyond just uninstalling through control panel. It will find the programs control panel will not, and more thoroughly remove them from the system.
Again, I must reiterate that you should first consult a technician before removing any programs from your computer, and if you feel uncomfortable doing so, take it to your local technician for a diagnostic. For those of you who live in the east Tennessee area, consider a FREE diagnostic from Computer Depot Inc at our locations in Powell, Knoxville, Seymour, or Sevierville, TN.
PS: You can delete Revo itself, with Revo. I know it sounds crazy, but Scott has assured me that the universe will not cave in.
Your Bloat-Master General,
Store Manager – Sevierville