Last Updated Nov 30, 2010 8:28 PM EST
Even in this day and age, computer manufacturers continue to stuff their PCs with bloatware -- promotional software, trial offers, toolbars, advertising links, and other junk nobody wants. That stuff is not only a hassle, but also a potential drain on the performance of an otherwise zippy new machine.
SlimComputer removes the bloatware found on new PCs. The utility scans your system for toolbars, adware, trialware, and the like -- and relies in part on real-time community-based feedback to help determine what's worth keeping and what should go.
It's not just for new PCs, either: SlimComputer also includes a system optimizer, an uninstaller, and under-one-roof access to various Windows tools (like Registry Editor and Windows Update). I'm not sure it's superior to uber-utility CCleaner (which was recently updated to version 3.0), but if you're using SlimComputer to clear out the bloatware anyway, those extras are nice to have on hand.
SlimComputer is free; it runs on Windows XP, Vista, and 7.