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 various software programs, in addition to Windows OS and other programs from Microsoft.
Most of the preloaded software that comes from the computer manufacturers can be classified as bloatware, as these Programs rarely get used and just sit on your computer taking up storage, using up 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 Include Bloatware on Computers
It is not really hard to guess as to why brand new computers come preloaded with Bloatware Programs. It is most likely that computer manufacturers get paid by Third Parties for including Free or Trial versions of software programs on their computers.
In certain cases they probably get paid additional money, in case users sign up or subscribe to the paid version of the programs. This appears to be the most likely reason for those annoying popups, trying to get you into singing up for Paid versions of various third party Apps on your computer.
Types Of Bloatware 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 subscribe to these services.
Manually Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 PC
Many of the Bloatware programs can be removed Manually by logging into your Admin Account.
1. Click on Windows 10 Start button, scroll down the list of Apps and click on Windows System Folder, next click on Control Panel (See image below).
2. On the next screen, look for Programs and Features and click on it.
3. On the Programs and Feature screen, locate the program that you wish to uninstall and right click on it (See image below).
4. Click on Uninstall to remove the program from your computer (See image above)
Repeat the above steps with all the other programs that you want to Uninstall from your computer.
Remove Bloatware Using Windows Recovery Tool
It appears like even Microsoft is getting sick of the bloatware on Windows computers. Hence, it has come up with its own Tool for removal of Bloatware on Windows 10 computers.
Before using this option to remove bloatware, you need to be aware that using 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 is not a part of Windows 10 operating system.
1. Click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on the Settings icon (See image below).
2. On the Settings screen, click on the Update & security option.
3. On the next screen, click on Recovery in the left pane and then click on Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows link under “More Recovery Options” (See image below).
4. Next, you will be landing on “Start Fresh With a Clean Installation of Windows 10” page on Microsoft’s website.
On this webpage, make sure that you carefully read all the information, before downloading the Tool from Microsoft that will guide you to make a Clean Installation of Windows 10 on your computer.
5. Once the Tool is downloaded, Launch the Tool on your computer and follow the instructions to Reinstall Windows 10 on your computer.
Remove Bloatware From Windows Computer PC 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 your 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.