When you buy a brand new personal computer, the last thing you want is brand new problems to go with it. Unfortunately, this is something that is pretty common for new computer owners, due to the fact that most personal computers today come equipped with bloatware. Keep reading for the basics of bloatware, and how to get rid of it.
Understanding and Recognizing Bloatware
Bloatware is the short name for “Bloated Software.” It refers to unnecessary software that clogs up your personal computer. This software bogs down your computer’s performance and speed because it takes up a great deal of computer memory and disk space. You could even get a brand-new computer, then use it for the first time only to learn that you don’t have nearly as much memory you thought you would due to the bloatware.
Some common bloatware programs include those such as:
- Extra toolbars
- Antivirus software
- Adobe Photoshop
The definition of bloatware can actually be expanded to include any unnecessary software that you didn’t order for your computer. While some of the programs listed above may have been presented as pre-installed selling points when you bought the computer, that doesn’t mean that you really have any use for them once you get the computer home. While you might be frustrated with the bloatware, it is fortunately something you can remove on your own.
There are several different approaches you can take to bloatware. You can actually pay the computer seller to remove the bloatware from the PC before you ever take it out of the box if you want to. For example, Best Buy charges $50 for this service on their new computers. If paying to remove bloatware just isn’t in the budget right now, try one of these:
- Free Programs: There are several free bloatware removal programs that you can download to combat bloatware on most versions of Windows. These programs can scan your PC to find the bloatware, and then automatically uninstall it for you.
- Manual Uninstall: You can manually uninstall programs from your computer’s control panel. Access the “Programs” list, and then choose the “Programs and Features” option. From there, you can click on each individual program and choose the “Uninstall” option.
- Windows Remover: A program called “Windows 8 App Remover” may be a good solution for people running Windows 8 or higher. This program is made specifically to combat the bloatware programs (about 21 of them in Windows 8.1) that come with your new Windows 8 PC.
To learn more, or if you have other questions, try contacting a company like Simplified Computers to get more help.Read More