At a Glance
- Simple to use; Free; Offers basic cleaning
- Will not find all toolbars
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Note: This review addresses v2.0 of the
software, as do any user reviews dated before 05/27/2011.
When you buy your shiny new PC, it’s in pristine shape, and in
tip-top condition, free of any junk that might slow it down, right?
Wrong. Not uncommonly, new PCs come filled with trialware,
toolbars, and assorted junk so that even the first time you run it,
it’s already wading through sludge.
The SlimComputer utility will help. This free program from
Slimware Utilities (maker of SlimDrivers)
looks through your system for toolbars, trialware, and other
unneeded programs and files, shows you what it finds, and will
delete them for you if you want them gone. And although can help a
system straight out of the manufacturer’s box, you don’t have to
use it when your PC is new. You can keep using it to make sure junk
isn’t added along with the software you actually want. My system is
about five years old, and I work very hard to keep it free of
unnecessary files, but it still found several I had not known
SlimComputer does more than find unneeded files . There’s also
an uninstaller that offers advice on which software you might want
to keep, and which to uninstall. It rates each program on your
system as to whether you likely need it or not. You can then use
that as part of your decision about whether to keep the program.
The program itself doesn’t actually do the ratings; instead,
everyone who uses SlimComputer can rate their own programs, and
that crowdsourced information is then collated and presented by
SlimComputer. I found the information variably useful. Don’t expect
it to be definitive, but it will help you decide whether to keep
There are other tools in SlimComputer, such as a startup
manager, which uses the same technique as the uninstaller for
rating startup programs. And there’s a mildly useful Windows Tools
section that includes icons that when clicked upon launch a variety
of tools built into Windows, such as the Device Manager, Windows
Update, and so on. Essentially, this is an alternative to Control
While SlimComputer is useful, you should know that it doesn’t
find all the junk on your PC. For example, my machine had the
MyAshampoo Internet Explorer toolbar and Google Firefox toolbar
installed, and SlimComputer didn’t detect either. So while
SlimComputer is useful, keep in mind that it’s not perfect. You
should use it in concert with another program such as PC Decrapifier,
and regularly check Windows’s uninstallation tool, to see if
there’s unnecessary software there. It’s more comprehensive than PC
Decrapifier, because of the additional tools it offers. But it’s
not quite as simple to use, either.
Note that when you install SlimComputer you have the option of
also installing a portable version on a USB flash drive.