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This Samsung notebook comes preloaded with a wheelbarrow full of trial software versions. This filtered list shows more than 20 separate programs, each of which will find a way to get in your face with an "offer" to let you pay to unlock the full version.
The most annoying part of this excessive software preload is the collection of games from Oberon Media. In addition to the Game Pack, there are no fewer than 10 individual games preinstalled. It takes five clicks and a minimum of 30 seconds to uninstall each one.
Every consumer computer I looked at for this story came with a trial version of a security package. McAfee and Norton are the leaders in the preloaded trialware game, but Trend Micro occasionally plays as well.
If you don't activate the software when you first turn on the PC, you'll see frequent reminders like this one, filled with warnings about the evildoers lurking just outside your office door. The only way to close this dialog box is by clicking the faint, practically invisible X in the upper right corner. And if you try that you're rewarded with more frightening dialog boxes before you eventually suppress it. But none of those prompts include an option to uninstall the software. For that, you need to make your way to Control Panel on your own.
If you decide to take advantage of the free trial, woe be unto you when the trial ends. The makers of antivirus software have an army of designers, an endless supply of blood-red pixels, and copywriters skilled in the art of scaring the crap out of you.
Here are two examples I saw on a Sony notebook after the Norton trial ended. (A later dialog box included a "Stay Unprotected" option. Classic!) Notice again that there's no way to make the warnings stop. With persistence, you can hide the current warning, but there's no information on how to uninstall the expired program and replace it with something else.