“Bloatware:” What It Is & Why You Should Remove It

One of the biggest reasons not to buy consumer-grade workstations is all the "junk" that comes pre-installed onto the OS. If left un-swept, this can not only drag down the performance of the machine, but also become a security risk. Bloatware, is the technical term given to the pre-installed software on your computer that nobody asked for.

Bloatware in electronics is a lot like junk mail in conventional mailboxes. It can include software suites installed by the device manufacturer and apps that third parties pre-install on your device. Unfortunately, unless users actively search for and delete these programs, they remain on devices and gradually slow down processing speed. 

Manufacturers usually include bloatware because they get paid. Imagine that you create a computer game and convince Microsoft to install it on Windows OS. Of the millions of Windows users, a handful will enjoy your game and pay for it at the end of the trial period. After this, the game developers get a new customer and Windows gets a commission.

You can identify bloatware using third-party programs that detect this software. Two helpful programs are the PC Decrapifier and   Should I Remove It? Both of these products use crowdsourcing information to suggest applications users should keep on their computers and those they should uninstall. Should I Remove It? goes a step further by listing how strongly users feel about getting rid of specific bloatware on it’s website. These utilities can identify bloatware, but they dont automate it’s removal. This means you have to go through the uninstallation process. 

Removing bloatware on a PC is now fairly easy because Windows 10 has included a bloatware removal tool. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Click the Start menu and type Windows Security in the search bar.
  2. Go to the Device Performance & Health section.
  3. Scroll down until you see a section with the header Fresh start. Click on the additional info link at the bottom.
  4. Click Get Started and accept the user account control (UAC) prompt.
  5. The Fresh start interface should pop up. Click Next.
  6. The tool will present a list of Windows 10 bloatware that will be removed. Click Next.
  7. Click on Start.

Bloatware not only clutters your PCs, it can also make your business more vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches. Save yourself from headaches down the line and learn more about protecting your computers from bloatware. Call our team of experts at Onsite Techs today at (401)-773-7766.