By Marie Stewart
case. Lenovo just got into a lot trouble
over its practice of installing a piece of adware onto its brand new
laptops. In fact, the bloatware problem
has become so commonplace that Microsoft added Superfish detection-and-removal
to its March 10th Malicious Software Removal Tool Release. In this article, we are going to discuss what bloatware is, why computers come with bloatware, and how you can check for these programs and remove them.
You've just purchased a brand new computer. It should be safe, right? Unfortunately, that’s not
Bloatware is defined as “applications pre-installed on a PC
by the vendor.” (PC Magazine, 2015)
Not all of these are applications you want or
even need. They take up precious memory
and provide potential conflicts with other applications. These applications include short-lived
antivirus trials, browser toolbars, or game portals. Some studies show that removing these
pre-installed applications can make your system “sleep 23% faster, start-up 40%
faster, and resume 51% faster.” (Chacos, 2015)
So, why would these retailers put software on their brand
new PCs? Software vendors pay the PC
manufacturers to pre-install lite versions of their products on all PCs they
sell. Because the price of laptops is
plummeting, many manufacturers are no longer focused on giving you the best
. Their focus is on releasing the
cheapest laptop possible and making some additional money by loading it up with
bloatware. The manufacturer doesn't
really believe that the antivirus they installed is the best solution or that the
game portal as the best games. Those
programs are installed simply because their vendors offered the manufacturers
the best prices for pre-loading these programs onto their PCs.
Getting rid of bloatware can be intimidating. Opening up the list of applications running
your computer when you don’t know what you need and don’t need is daunting, at
best. There are a few applications you
can download that will help such as PC
or Should I Remove It?
but, again, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, these programs can cause
you more trouble than they are worth
Another option is to re-install the operating system. As an intermediate computer user, I would not
feel comfortable with this option, either.
Bloatware isn't always malicious but it does slow down your
brand new computer as most of the pre-loaded junk starts when you turn on the
machine. The initiation of these
applications upon startup can also cause conflicts with any software that you
install and set to run upon start-up.
So, what can you do if you aren't comfortable enough to take care of the
bloatware on your own? Stewart and Son
Computer Services can help you eliminate these issues. Let us make sure your new system is clean before
you start installing your favorite suite of programs so you can get to work
faster and avoid potential software conflicts.
Let us take care of this headache for you!
Marie Stewart is the Business Manager of Stewart and Son Computer Services, LLC in University Place, WA and serves as a trusted partner to many local small and medium sized businesses.
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