[Windows] Remove bloatware, toolbars, and other clutter with SlimComputerOctober 19, 2012 17 Email article | Print article
Just because you got a new computer does not mean that it is running as fast as it could be. Starting the first day you boot up your computer, you’re already cluttered with toolbars, pre-installed programs you don’t need, and ads. Give your computer a fresh start, whether it is new or old, with SlimComputer.
WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO
The idea behind SlimComputer is to remove things that you do not need from your computer — basically an uninstaller focused on bloatware. Make no mistake, however, this is not just your everyday uninstaller. It also helps you to turn off services, that you don’t need, to speed up your computer.
How do you know what can be uninstalled or turned off without hurting your computer? Community feedback and scores are used to determined if a program is needed or not.
- Community feedback lets you know what can be safely removed and what can’t
- Successfully uninstalls programs that other uninstallers couldn’t (on my PC, at least)
- Helps improves boot up time with a start-up manager
- Helps speed up your internet surfing with a browser add-on manager
- Offers a restore feature to undo changes
- Puts all of your Windows tools into one, easy-to-find location
- Shows your current CPU and RAM usage
- Provides excellent support with manuals, tutorial videos, and online member help
- Program runs slow when too many ‘fixes’ are discovered at once
- I had problems getting program to update
- Relies on community feedback to determine whether a program can be removed or not. So, like any other crowd-sourced knowledge tool, there may be false positives.
At first glance, SlimComputer looks like your everyday, run of the mill uninstaller. However, after taking a closer look at it, you can see it does so much more. One of the best things about this program you will notice (at least I did) is an increase in the speed of your PC.
If your computer is new, this program will help you get rid of all the promo clutter that comes pre-installed (aka bloatware). It will also help you remove applications that you don’t want – such as toolbars, unwanted shortcuts, and so on. SlimComputer also lets you easily change what programs boot up when you start your computer. Yes, this is something that you can do without the help of this program, but it is a nice added feature.
Besides just being an uninstaller, SlimComputer also offers you tons of tweaks and optimizations. For example, you can turn off certain Windows services that you don’t need (all are community rated to help you decide) to boost your performance. SlimComputer also groups all of your Windows tools in one easy-to-find location.
One thing I really lovd about SlimComputer is the community-based scoring system. Each program that people have turned off or uninstalled is rated by real users like you. Thus, most programs you go to remove will be rated as either ‘Good’, ‘Optimal’, or ‘Warning’. This can really help novices make sure they don’t accidentally get rid of something that they need.
Now, let’s say that you do remove something that you need (hey, we all make mistakes). SlimComputer comes with a ‘restore’ function to help undo mistakes. If you make changes to your computer and something is not running right, you can simply ‘restore’ your settings and programs back to the way they used to be without having to remember what you changed.
In regards to cons, I did not run into many problems with this program. The ones I did find are minor. The first time I used it, SlimComputer found tons of ‘fixes’ for my PC… too many, in fact. It seemed like the fixes took longer than expected to complete due to their high volume. However, that problem was not noticed the second time running the program and, thus, it leads me to believe that the slow completion rate the first go around was because of how many fixes it was attempting to do. Also, I had a problem getting the program to update the first time. Although this was fixed by restarting the program and trying again, it is worth noting.
CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK
Yes, there are a lot of programs out there that can do the same thing as SlimComputer. However, I enjoyed the interface and community feedback that come with SlimComputer than with other programs. If you have tried other products that are similar to this and were not impressed, it may be worth your time to give SlimComputer a go.
Version reviewed: v1.3.21617
Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
Download size: 600KB
VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43
Is it portable? No