Software Industry Rethinking its Moneymaking Practices

Software Industry Rethinking its Moneymaking Practices

Eric Fortuna, right, at a Best Buy in Illinois. For $30, his Geek Squad
will eliminate programs installed by computer makers.

Before they ship PCs to retailers like Best Buy, computer makers load them up with lots of free software. For $30, Best Buy will get rid of it for you. That simple cleanup service is threatening the precarious economics of the personal computer industry.

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