Like it or not, PC manufacturers love to stuff your brand-new PC full of “free” applications. They get paid to do it, so you’ve got a slim chance of getting one without a side of “freeware,” better known as “spamware.”
But clutter is the enemy of a speedy PC. If you’re not using a particular software on a regular basis, it’s best to remove it from your desktop or laptop completely. That way, you don’t have it sucking up processing speed and — even worse — leaving the door open to hackers and malware.
Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.