I have a brand new ACER DESKTOP Windows 7 with Intel Core2 Quad processor which I am trying to set up only with lean essential add on programs to prevent a bloated system. Very disappointed with non existent info and instructions from Acer on how to set up and use new computer with no Windows 7 disc included and no instructions on how to set up and run new computer. It came with a McAfee Security Suite 6 month trial installed which I have updated because I already pay for BT Broadband McAfee Net Protect with BT Broadband option 2. This takes care of firewall and virus protection and provides real time on-line protection, updates and scans for malware etc.
I have added Process Explorer , Autoruns and Prism because I like to know just what my system is loading up at login and how the resources are coping, cpu etc. Running Process Explorer and Prism on-top is very informative at Start Up.
I was shocked to see 60 processes running on Process Explorer caused by the Acer pre installed programs and will have to work through de-crappifying the system. I like to keep my system overhead lean running about 30+ processes.
I have added Malwarebites to scan for problems as a backup to McAfee.
I am tempted to add Advanced System Care Pro to keep the system tuned up. Used it on my old XP computer and was very impressed with it.
Really thinking hard about whether to load Ccleaner, maybe too agressive?
Any further ideas on what essential programs a lean system should have on would be appreciated?
I use cnet.com and filehippo but its so easy to bloat the system. The idea is 'minimalistic' with Essential ONLY programmes. I did this on my old XP computer and am keen to keep the new Windows7 computer lean. Prism HD is from cnet.com