How to avoid and remove Bloatware
Bloatware has been the serious issue in Windows PC for years. PC manufacturers sell the hard drive space of the new PCs like ad space, which helps to pad the maker’s margin. Most of the users doesn’t like this, but by the time they find it, they’ve already purchased the PC.
Eventually, this has became the serious issue and cause consumer backlash and as the result bloatware in PCs is diminished over the years. But it can be still found in the new machines. Let us see here how to avoid and remove the Bloatware in new systems.
How to avoid and remove Bloatware
Spending more money is the best way to avoid bloatware. Computer manufacturers know that customers generally don’t like this, so the manufacturers are less likely to include it on the systems that have huge profit margin. HP, Dell and Asus are the manufacturers which frequently ditch the bloatware in expensive laptops. Alternative method is to purchase laptop from small brands like Falcon Northwest, Origin and Digital Storm which usually ship their laptops without single byte of bloatware.
Uninstalling the bloatware manually is the most straightforward method to remove the bloatware from your new PC, but it is time consuming. For this you need to remove the unwanted programs by performing the Windows search for uninstall and selecting uninstall a program. This will take you to the uninstall Windows where you can remove any software by selecting and clicking on uninstall at the top of the options list. Hidden bloatware doesn’t ship with the modern PCs and even the Norton and McAfee trial versions can be deleted in a minute or half. To remove the apps on the Windows start screen, right click on them and click on uninstall.
Another way to remove bloatware is using the third party applications like Should I remove it. Third party utilities will provide the better overview of the software installed on your PC including the date which software is last used, but required to install additional software. Few programs will also use the database to show you how often others has used the utility or uninstalled an utility. These two methods will remove the bloatware on your Windows PC.
If you think they didn’t work fine, then the best extreme option is to entirely re-install the Windows. This is the difficult method as you need to uninstall the Windows entirely and again re-install it. This is not the recommended method, but some users feel that their system is not right unless they remove every trace of the bloatware.
Removing the bloatware from your computer is a good idea, but don’t mix bloatware with the critical system tools. Laptops generally ship with the driver which makes it possible to tweak some functions such as volume, brightness and more.
How to avoid further bloatware
Once the bloatware is deleted, you may think that the battle is over, but it can be easily added afterwards and slowly reduce the performance of your PC with the background processes. You should be careful when downloading anything from the internet. CNET.com is the world’s greatest distributors of the bloatware. So when installing any software on your PC you need to check each every step throughout the installation process. Be careful with the third party browser toolbars which can hook into your browser and can alter your search results or inject the ads.
Bloatware is the not the menace as once it was, but it still affects the performance of the laptops. Removing it may take several hours if your notebook is severely bloated, but it worth’s the effort.