In case your brand new Windows 10 Laptop or Desktop appears to be running slow, you might be interested in knowing about the type of bloatware programs installed on Windows computers and the steps to remove bloatware from Windows 10 PC.
Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 PC
Windows computers are manufactured by various manufacturers who tend to preload computers with their own and various other software programs, in addition to Windows OS and other programs from Microsoft.
Most of the preloaded software that comes from computer manufacturers can be classified as bloatware, as these Programs rarely get used and just sit on your computer taking up storage, using resources and slowing down your computer.
According to Microsoft, a computer without bloatware starts 104% faster, shuts down 35% faster and has more battery life compared to a computer with bloatware.
While most Bloatware programs can be considered as being harmless, there have been occasions where Adware and even Malware programs have been detected in Preloaded Bloatware programs.
A good example of this is the case of Supefish Malware or Adware program that came bundled with certain Lenovo computers in 2015. Superfish not only delivered Ads to people, but it also made computers susceptible to “Man-in-the-middle” attacks.
Why Do Manufacturers Add Bloatware to Windows Computers
In general, computer manufacturers Add bloatware to Windows computers to create brand awareness, get user feedback, to provide remote access and diagnosing capability to their support staff and also because they get paid by Third Parties for including Free or Trial versions of software programs on their computers.
If you are seeing those annoying Sign-up or Subscribe pop-ups, it possible that the manufacturer of your computer might be earning recurring commission, in case users sign up or subscribe to paid version of third party programs.
Types Of Bloatware Programs On Windows Computers
Since bloatware is such a general term, we thought it would be good to provide you with information about the type of Software Programs included in the Bloatware category of programs.
Free & Trial Version Programs: Most Windows Computers include Trial version of Software Programs from different vendors who partner with the manufacturer to push their software programs to users.
Antivirus programs like McAfee and Norton are two good examples of TrialWare programs that manufacturers preload onto Windows computers.
TrialWare programs run in the background, taking up resources and keep nagging you to update to the paid version, provide feedback, sign up for updates or simply remain active to let you know about their availability on your computer.
Utility Software Programs: For some reason PC manufacturers preload their computers with various types of utility software programs designed to Update Drivers, Edit Videos, Recover Data and other utility software programs.
Unfortunately, Most of the utility functions performed by these software programs end up being a duplication of functions already included in the Windows Operating System and other programs from Microsoft.
Customer Service Programs: Programs like HP Total Care, HP Customer Service Enhancements, Toshiba Service Station and similar programs found on DELL computers are intended to connect you with a customer service or technical service representative, in case you are having problems with your computer.
Adware: These Programs are solely designed to bring up Ads to the attention of users and are considered as a nasty and annoying form of Bloatware. While Adware programs do not take up much storage space, they can slow down your computer by pushing banner ads and causing browser redirects.
Many of these Adware programs are considered as being potentially harmful for the safety of your data and might end up making your computer vulnerable to cyber attacks.
A good example of Adware gone seriously wrong is the case of SuperFish program that came preinstalled on some Lenovo laptops. The program was described by various security specialists as being a Malware and users were advised to uninstall this program along with its associated root certificate.
Bloatware From Microsoft: Programs like Skype, Xbox, OneDrive and OneNote can also be considered as bloatware, as these programs are mainly included in Windows Operating System with the intention of making users to subscribe to these services.
How to Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Computer
You can remove Bloatware from any Windows 10 computer by manually deleting malware programs, using Windows Recovery Tool and also by using various third part programs and tools designed to removed unnecessary programs from a Windows computer.
1. Manually Remove Bloatware Programs From Windows 10 PC
Many of the Bloatware programs on your computer can be easily removed by going to Apps & Features screen on your computer.
1. Open Settings > click on Apps.
2. On the next screen, click on Apps & Features in the left pane. In the right pane, click on the program that you want to remove and click on the Uninstall button
Repeat the above steps to remove all the unnecessary programs on your computer.
2. Start With Fresh Installation of Windows 10
It appears like even Microsoft is concerned about the amount of bloatware being preloaded on Windows 10 computers.
Hence, it provides an option to remove all the bloatware programs with your computer by stating with a Fresh Installation of Windows 10.
Before going ahead with this option, you need to be aware that this option will remove all the Apps and software programs installed on your computer, including Microsoft Office, Antivirus programs and just about every program that did not come as standard with Windows 10.
1. Open Settings on your computer and click on Update & security option.
2. On the next screen, click on Recovery in the left pane, scroll down in the right pane and click on Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows link under “More Recovery Options”.
3. If you see “Switch Apps?” prompt, click on the Yes button.
4. On the next screen, click on Get Started button
5. On the Next screen, click on Next to start the process of removing all unwanted Apps & Programs on your computer and installing the latest version of Windows 10.
6. Simply, follow the onscreen instructions to complete this process.
3. Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Using Decrap
In case you are comfortable with the idea of using third party programs to improve the performance of your computer, you can make use of a Free Program called “Decrap My Computer”.
“Decrap My Computer” is an easy to use program, it automatically Scans your computer for installed programs and allows you to choose programs that you want to uninstall from the computer.
1. Download Decrap My Computer program from www.decrap.org
2. Launch “Decrap My Computer” on your computer by clicking on the downloaded File.
3. On the welcome screen, you can choose the option to Run Decrap on Automatic Mode or click on Next.
4. Allow Decrap to scan your computer for installed programs. Once the scan is completed, Decrap will come up with a list of All the programs installed on your computer (See image below).
On this list Bloatware is usually placed under “Third Party Software” and also under “Automatically Starting Software” (See image above)
Go through the list of programs under these sections, select the programs that you want to Uninstall from your computer and then click on the Next button.
5. Next, you will be prompted to Create a System Restore Point on your computer. Select Create a System Restore Point option and then click on the Next button.
6. On the next screen, you can choose either Manual or Automatic mode of uninstalling the selected programs and click on the Next button.
Wait for Decrap to remove the selected Bloatware programs from your computer.