I think we can all say that we've scraped crapware. adware. and spyware off computers (none of which are owned by us) too many times to count.
I saw this blog post today. Kinda took me back...
The last time I had to fix my mom's computer. I made them agree to never put any of that "music theft" software on the computer again. If they did. I immediately earned my lifetime "you don't have to fix this computer again" card. It's been very effective!
Aside from that. I did make a few sofware changes to the computer to keep it stable:
So combine the sofware changes and social changes and the box has been rock solid for a year now. Point taken!