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Windows 7: Decrap My PC - New Release **Warning**

09 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Decrap My PC - New Release **Warning**

Decrap - Windows PC De-crapifier, remove bloatware with ease!

Just a heads up to anyone who is thinking about using this software. I reckon that most users would be better off avoiding it.

There's two versions available. The full version that can be installed on windows and a portable version that runs without installation.

It's from the same people who developed jv16 Power Tools - an advanced registry cleaner that really isn't suited to inexperienced users. Since the advice given to forum users is to avoid using such tools it might be wise to avoid using the registry cleanup option that's present in PC De-crapifier as it appears to be almost the same as the registry cleaner that comes with jv16 Power Tools. Each detection needs to be reviewed by the user and not checked for removal unless you're absolutely certain that no harm will be done.

It has to be said that users of PC De-crapifier are clearly warned not to proceed with automated cleanup unless they know what they are doing!

Full automatic mode should be avoided!

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You are presented with a list of items to select from:

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Create a System Restore Point:

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Suggest avoiding Fully Automatic uninstallation option and Automatically Clean The Registry - (Registry cleaner is too aggressive):

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Personally I used this software to test remove a single application and ran the registry cleaner choosing "Clean the registry but let me verify results"

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Strangely it didn't detect any registry entries for the application that was removed and detected a whole lot of other entries that in my opinion were unsafe to remove!

In addition a subsequent manual registry scan using another trusted application revealed a total of 13 missed entries and a couple of missed folders!

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This is just a warning to users who might be tempted to run this application. Only use with care - or better still, don't use it at all!



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10 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I ran it on a PC with Vista pre SP1 32 bit. I didn't run automatic mode. It didn't seem to do harm so much as it missed Norton registry settings. I had to run the Norton Removal Tool 3 or 4 times to dig out all the driver load statements in the Registry. Other than that it seemed OK in manual mode.
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10 Apr 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I've been recommending it for sometime, especially laptop owners with no issues reported.

I don't know what Green Tree apps are, but I think YTD is to download YouTube videos which is against their policies.
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10 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Another test

Thanks for your input guys. I can see that it will indeed clean up bloatware and render programs inactive - it's just that it doesn't seem to do a very good job of cleaning up the leftovers. Just ran it again to remove Tripwire SecureCheq.

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Ran the registry cleaner tool - but it still missed files/ folders and another 101 related registry entries!

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Checked for file and registry changes that occured using Tigzy's DiffView to report on changes over a twenty minute period including the removal process. The Tripwire SecureCheq program folder was removed but that was all!

As for the registry cleaner - I've revised my opinion having looked at it more carefully. At first glance it appeared to show potentially unsafe to remove entries but after a more thorough manual check on the results I'd concede that I was wrong.

I guess it's an easy solution for getting rid of some of the rubbish!


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11 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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I guess it's an easy solution for getting rid of some of the rubbish!
If the "rubbish" in question has a dedicated removal tool it's probably a good idea to run that first. If a dedicated remover is required then it's likely the rubbish takes steps to avoid general cleanup tools.
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