This is just pitiful. As if “crapware”, the extra apps that you’ll likely never use, isn’t enough of a nuisance, Sony is now charging $49.95 for the honor of removing said “crapware” from some Sony PCs before shipping. This is ridiculous and I personally think the company should be embarrassed to offer such a deal. If you don’t pay for the “Fresh Start” option, you’ll get your device loaded up with junk that’s easy to remove, but a real time waster. I realize that from a business perspective, device manufacturers gain revenue with the crapware partner programs, but why should the consumer pay a sin-tax for the business decisions of the manufacturer? What do you think: outrageous decision or smart business?