If you haven’t yet taken control and zapped those obnoxious programs that your PC vendor probably stuck on your machine, now is the time to do it. If you bought a new computer with Windows 7 preinstalled, the manufacturer probably sold some desktop real estate to a software company or an Internet service provider (ISP). The AOLs and Norton's of the world compensate the Sony’s, Dells and HPs for services, and space, rendered.
The last thing you need is yet another come-on to sign up for AOL or an antivirus program that begs you for money every week.
- To get rid of most icons, simply right-click them and choose Delete.
- To get rid of the icons’ associated programs, choose Start➪Control Panel➪Uninstall a Program (which appears in the Programs section).
When the Uninstall or Change a Program dialog box opens, double-click a program to remove it.
Unfortunately, many scummy programs don’t play by the rules: Either they don’t have uninstallers or the uninstaller that appears in the Change a Program dialog box doesn’t get rid of the program entirely. I won’t mention Norton Internet Security by name. To get rid of the scummy stuff, look in a program from Jason York. It’s at pcdecrapifier.com/download