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The ASUS N53SV notebook comes with what we consider typical "bloatware" (jargon that describes programs that come pre-installed and are usually not required or useful) installed on it. A pop-up comes up with each boot for a Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security trial offer. ASUS also installs much of its own software for various things on the computer. A full suite of CyberLink software for DVD authoring and playback is installed by default. Other software installed includes a few game trials and a trial of Office 2010. The only software that really bothered us was the Trend Micro antivirus that launched a pop up at each boot.

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Shane is a long-time computer lover who got his start in the days of the Commodore 64. Shane has reviewed notebooks and related peripherals for Computer Shopper and Laptop Magazine and writes for some of the most popular technology websites.