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GeneralRe: Just bought a new Windows 10 rig - what is the best decrapifier app to clean it? Pin
Gary R. Wheeler9-Feb-22 11:44
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Phil J Pearson8-Feb-22 23:50
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AndyChisholm9-Feb-22 4:49
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trønderen9-Feb-22 10:42
trønderen9-Feb-22 10:42 
As several other people are stressing: Clean install will do it. It won't even take that long.

New crapware will creep in, though. New cookies, new registry entries, new directories with files you do not know where came from. So you really should plan for another clean install ever month, every two months or every three months, depending on how big the problem is.

Then it isn't as straightforward any more! A clean install will erase even the applications you want to keep, your lists of trusted email addresses, your various certificates, ...

I wrote a software installation wizard handling all sorts of installers (that's how I learned to hate installer developers' unlimited competence in finding new ways of installing software Smile | :) ), so I can have all the software automatically put in place after the clean Windows re-install - provided that I have remembered to add the newest systems to the wizard task list. And, some installers demand interactive input for license keys etc., so I have to babysit it. (I have ordered the task list so that those installers are run before the others, so when they are done, all the fully automated ones can be run without me holding its hand.)

In a few cases, I have to do manual operations after the wizard completes: I have a checklist reminding me of all of those. More important: The checklist tells me what I shouldn't forget before the clean install: Even though I keep all my user data on other disks than C:, several applications insist on putting data there - typically email clients and other network software. So I have to e.g. move all unsorted email from 'inbox' to other folders. Until my checklist had matured, I did loose some (minor) pieces of data.

With the checklist and reinstall wizard in place, doing regular complete cleanups becomes routine. Actually, I don't need to do it more than, say, every three months. That is because I gradually learn how to keep the crapware / spyware / adware / malware in general, from creeping in.
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Wizard of Sleeves9-Feb-22 21:13
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