Remember the last time you turned on a brand-new PC? Chances are, it was filled with demos, trials and other kinds of ‘free’ software: audio software, photo editors, instant messaging, AOL, etc. Why? Because the software publishers pay to bundle their programs with new computers.
Savvy users start by removing all the junkware from a new PC. Why? Because the junkware takes up valuable disk space and frequently slows down the computer. Today, I read that Sony will now sell you a PC without junkware, for $50 extra. Now we know how much we are worth to advertisers. How amusing.
Unless you build-it-yourself or go with Linux, I think we’re all stuck with trial software.