PC Decrapifier 3.0 is a rewrite of the trialware and crap remover for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 1, 2015
Updated • Mar 2, 2015

If you have ever bought a PC running Windows, you may have had to deal with quite a few programs and other annoyances installed by the manufacturer of the device.

It is common that factory bought PCs ship with program trial versions installed that will run only for 30 or so days before they need to be purchased.

Other annoyances may include desktop shortcuts to places like eBay on the Internet, or a bunch of applications by the manufacturer such as customer satisfactory surveys and such.

While it is certainly possible to deal with those annoyances manually, by uninstalling or deleting them one by one, it is usually something that cannot be done quickly due to the sheer size of annoyances.

PC Decrapifier is a long standing program that has been designed to deal with the majority of those programs automatically for you.

The main idea behind the program is to have it analyze the system to provide you with recommendations what should and should not be removed.

It is ideal for new PCs and less than ideal for PCs on which users have installed programs on already.

PC Decrapifier 3.0 is a major rewrite of the application. There is no changelog and it is not clear what has changed besides that.

You may notice that the interface has been modernized.

It displays found programs in the three groups recommended, questionable and everything else after the scan. Here you find listed program names and types, and how many users have removed the item (percentage).

These removal value seems to come from other users of the application and seem awfully high for some programs.

You can select none, some or all of the applications listed in any given group to remove them completely from the system.

As mentioned earlier, it makes sense to run the program on first run before additional programs are installed on the system as you will end up with legitimate programs being on that list.

Nothing speaks against running the program first before running a professional uninstaller such as Revo Uninstaller afterwards to remove the programs that PC Decrapifier did not identify correctly.

It makes little sense to run the program on a live system though that you have used for some time as you end up with lots of false positives.

PC Decrapifier 3.0 is free for personal use. It can be run right after download and does not need to be installed at all as it is fully portable.

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  1. TheOncomingStorm said on May 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

    it’s absolute crap. i downloaded v 3.0.0 beta 2 and when i tried installing it, the install program tells me there’s an update, but after clicking on the provided link….IT TAKES ME BACK TO WHERE I DOWNLOADED IT FROM THE FIRST PLACE! clicking on the link at the top of the install screen does nowt but refresh it. wtf kind of shite is this when it keeps you in a vacuum loop and won’t install the fecken program! f—k this noise, i’m installing iobit’s uninstaller 4.

  2. William Johnson said on March 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    It also will not function now w/o an active Internet connection, which makes me wonder exactly what it’s doing to need that.

  3. Dwight Stegall said on January 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Iobit’s free Uninstaller 4 is what I use. It gives you more options and will clean program remnants ot of the registry too.

  4. bastik said on January 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Happy New Year,
    (long time no comment made by me)

    At least in your screen shoot, the software makes the user believe that “Visual Studio 20XX Redistribution” is made by AVG. They recommend to get rid of Chrome, which you might recognize, because your browser is gone afterwards. They also recommend to get rid of the maintenance service for Mozilla that allows to update the products in the background. I guess not many would notice.

    To me it seems useless if it recommends stuff to be removed that is not crapware, because for the average user it would be unclear if it is wise to remove “Visual Studio xyz” or ImgBurn. And how to tell if it does differentiate between a fully working Nero and a trial version that expired?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

      I ran it on a PC that I used for some time to make the screenshot. It is not designed for that because of the false positives. I agree that this is not the best of approaches though as it should not list those programs at all regardless.

      1. Blue.dtc2 said on January 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

        I wouldn’t of bothered with any program with spelling errors or grammatical messes in the first place. “These are popular items to removed by many of our other users.”…. it’s either missing a word (be), or has an extra word where it shouldn’t be (to). Much like the hoax and phishing emails that pretend to be other ones to leach information from us, tall tale signs are spelling errors and grammatical messes.

    2. Ronald said on January 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

      This software got three out of five stars from Martin. I find that the ratings work for me if I subtract one star from every rating to get an idea of the “true” worth of a program. Only programs rated four or five stars on ghacks get a closer look from me.

  5. Meena Bassem said on January 1, 2015 at 4:53 pm

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