| Software You Don't Need
I've been ComputerMom for 23 years now (geeze, I'm old!) and in that time I have seen a lot of once useful programs come and go. Some free software previously recommended has been supplanted by better options built into the operating system, and some has lost its luster due to other reasons. Here's a list of some common "free" programs I uninstall as a matter of course:
- Windows 10
hard drives as part of its internal maintenance - there is really no need to manually defrag any longer.
- Windows has a built in zip file extractor - simply right click on the zipped file and choose "Extract All". If installed on your computer, WinZip will take over that function for you and insist you buy the program if you want to open a zipped file.
WinZip is not free software
, and you must uninstall WinZip trial to use the free Windows file extractor. Unless you need advanced file compression capabilities, I highly recommend you do.
- a legitimate spyware removal program I used many years ago, I have been seeing this installed on computers that have had
"Microsoft Tech Support"
scammers log onto it. As part of their "fix", they download and run the free trial, which then nags users to buy the pay version. If you have this on your computer, uninstall it. If you don't know where it came from, you might want to ask me to look your system over.
Mac "clean up" utility that does more harm than good
, I uninstall this immediately when I see it on a Mac. MacKeeper will nag you to upgrade it, and will "check" your system for problems of its own making. It can be tricky to uninstall, so if you have it on your Mac you might want to schedule a service call.