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PC Decrapifier

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PC Decrapifier is a compact application designed to remove unneeded programs from brand-new and used PCs. It's portable freeware that can run on any Windows XP, Vista, or 7 machine without having to be installed. It scans your PC for junk programs and other applications and removes them all at once when you're ready.

PC Decrapifier's simple wizard-based interface opened as soon as we clicked the program's executable file. After checking for updates, we clicked through the EULA and a warning page that noted the difficulty in distinguishing between trial and paid versions of software and urged us to deselect any programs listed if we wanted to save them. However, none of our programs was listed, probably due to the fact that we'd already cleaned out the "crap" PC Decrapifier targets. We clicked Next, and PC Decrapifier asked us if we were running the software on a brand-new PC. We selected No and clicked through to the next screen, which creates a Restore Point. We recommend not skipping this stage, which creates a backup that Windows can use to roll back changes if they cause problems. We clicked Next and received a Select Items screen, which asked us to select items for removal. However, no items were displayed; again, probably because we already lacked the apps it targets. Clicking Next displayed a list of all our installed programs with the option to select any or all for removal. We made our selections and clicked Next, which initiated the removal process, including warning messages and other options specific to the programs being removed. We could then enter comments and submit feedback or deselect the check box to keep our data private. Clicking Finish closed PC Decrapifier.

Most new PCs ship with bundled applications, many of which are trial versions. These programs take up a lot of space and often check for updates automatically, compromising performance and even security. PC Decrapifier seems best used to remove this unneeded software when you first use your new PC. Since it's free, though, you can run it on any PC to see if it has any junk programs and remove them en masse.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 104 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 43
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

    1.9 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worse than before"

    December 28, 2013  |   By Crapsoftware

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    None whatsoever.

    Cons

    Took items out of my registry that I had used as recently as the day before. Four hours and counting of fixing what it did. Also installed some kind of backup software whose popup was more annoying than any others I had.

    Summary

    Do not install.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Use with caution"

    December 21, 2013  |   By DrJansan

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    None. The program found just about all my software, not just the pre installed stuff. It did absolutely nothing to help in singling out all the pre-loaded crapware.

    Cons

    Not at all useful, after the first run It gave me a very large list of installed software. Trying to find the crapware was no easier that using the standard Windows uninstaller.
    I decided to take no action from the list it offered me, I uninstalled PC Decrapifier instead!

    Summary

    Do not bother with this. Any stanard uninstaller is better than this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this dl has a virus attached"

    October 6, 2013  |   By cdobbelaere

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    none. at. all.

    Cons

    browser hijack, system restore disable, event log unavailable, troubleshooting unavailable. mypcbackup and luckyleap are installed with this dl

    Summary

    virus, browser hijack, disables sytem restore except for its own restore which has the virus

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  • 1.0 stars

    "VIRUS ALERT - SWEETIM Part of this package"

    September 11, 2013  |   By Quisp_N_Quake

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    None. It installed a real pain in the @ of a virus. How dare CNET let this garbage get into their system!!!

    Cons

    There is a real pain in the @ virus/malware in this program. DO NOT INSTALL.

    Summary

    There is a real pain in the @ virus/malware in this program. DO NOT INSTALL.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Added AVG Toolbar That Won't Uninstall Arghhhh!"

    September 10, 2013  |   By MisterRisper

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    It uninstalled some junk.

    Cons

    -Installed AVG Toolbar that would not uninstall. Even deleted the program folders for it and deleted it from the registry and the darn thing keeps reappearing.
    -Changed my homepage to AVG Secure Search, and every time I changed it back to Google, my browsers would revert to AVG.
    -Changed my default search provider.

    Summary

    All of the frustration with the AVG malware it installed and other changes it made make me give this program a 1 star rating. If I could give it no stars, I would.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Did search for PC DeCrapafier sent me to your site."

    June 5, 2013  |   By rlp4345

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    None I come close to seeing.

    Cons

    I downloaded the program and installed it.
    Downloaded and AVG tool bar and search after I told it not to 3 times. The cleaning program titled clean my PC or something simular started and I closed it and removed it. It had wiped out all my history and settings and 2 windows on my FIREFOX browser.Very poor if I have to say so.

    Summary

    Program downloaded programs I didn't desire and caused me a lot of work and time. Basically spyware I would have to assume. I thought you folks were reputable!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very useful"

    May 30, 2013  |   By guidgern

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    could get carried away

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Essential..."

    April 24, 2013  |   By noreg

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    ...if you download anything from CNET

    Cons

    You don't actually have to download anything from CNET

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Perfect for out of the box PCs"

    March 31, 2013  |   By ajgmets69

    Version: PC Decrapifier 2.3.1

    Pros

    Great way to get rid of the annoying "pre loaded" nonsense

    Cons

    Doesn't advise of PC manufacturer own product pre loads

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