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Google Chrome slated for bloat removal

Over the course of its rapid progression from version 1.0 to 10.0, Google Chrome has packed on the pounds, so to speak. The introduction of features like the internal Flash player, PDF reader, sync engine, and extension and app support have all been contributing factors in the growth of Chrome's footprint. Now, however, Google is starting to take a look at where Chrome can be slimmed down. A...

Millions of new Avast users will be offered Google Chrome

Where would you turn if you were looking for ways to capture new users for your web browser? And not necessarily savvy tech-types like Download Squad readers. I'm talking about average users, who might not know what Google Chrome is - or even what a web browser is, for that matter. Here's a wacky idea. What not ask the developers of one of the most popular pieces of free software in the entire...

PDF Browser Plugin for Mac browsers

The Mac's built-in PDF support is pretty strong, which is nice because if there's one piece of software I have always despised for its unnecessary bloat, it would be Adobe Reader. To be honest, I've always liked the fact that when I come across a PDF online, clicking to open it results in it being downloaded and opened in the built-in Preview application. Opening PDFs in the browser was always...

Sony charges $50 to remove crapware from your new PC

What's the first think you do when you get a new computer? You spend time trying to figure out how much of the junk preloaded by the manufacturer is worth keeping and how much you can throw away. Every now and again you'll get something useful like an antivirus program or software for managing your display settings. But just as often, you get demos of applications you have no plans to pay for. ...