20 April 2019 Update: Should I Remove It is being integrated into an antivirus product and isn't available as a standalone program
Purge your PC of program clutter and bloatware using this practical site.
Don't have a clue what you should remove or keep? Ever open up the Windows Add/Remove Programs app and are just utterly overwhelmed? Check out Should I Remove It, a site that lists friendly and not so friendly programs and software publishers.
The site has some great tools to help you decide what programs to keep on your PC:
- An extensive list of software companies and what programs they've created and maintained (including ones that aren't normally pre-installed on a PC).
- A list of active programs (and what percentage of site visitors have removed them).
- A list of commonly installed programs, including programs that aren't pre-installed).
- A list of computer manufacturers' who have a "habit of loading crippled versions of commercial software on a new computer in the hope that some will upgrade to paid editions". These programs are often referred to as bloatware and trialware.
- A small utility that analyzes installed software - it shows how many programs you have installed and gives ratings and removal percentages (when available). It's a lightweight application with a clear and easy interface and minimal settings.
- There's a handy (and brief) "How do I use it?" page that has directions for using the program.
- Should I Remove It? supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It accurately detected all my installed software and ran fine on my Windows 8 x64 machine.
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