What is Bloatware and how to remove unwanted Apps

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5 min read – published on April 03, 2020

When you decide to buy a new Windows PC, you expect to receive a product that is clean and tidy, starts up fast, and allows you to do your job efficiently, without interruptions.

Well, if only that were the case…

In most cases, your PC runs more slowly than it was designed to, filled with software that you did not want installed in the first place. Also known as bloatware, these kinds of programs come in many different varieties. Most of the bloatware won’t harm your system, but it can definitely slow down your PC and consume valuable space on your hard drive.

How much does bloatware slow down your PC? It’s hard to say, but there are some indications that it can have a considerable effect. According to Microsoft research for their line of PCs called Signature PCs , your PC will start up to 104% faster, shut down 35% faster, and have 28 minutes more battery life if your Windows PC is bloatware free.

What kind of bloatware is commonly encountered:

  • Trial ware – advertised as free to use, until it isn’t.
  • Adware – can generate annoying ads and invade the user’s privacy.
  • Pre-installed manufacturer software – draining resources from your system, while also being a potential security risk.

How to remove bloatware from Windows 10

1. Disabling Start Menu Ads – In an “effort” to promote us various “goodies”, Microsoft “helpfully” places ads in the Start Menu named “suggestions”. Once you figure out the exact name of the advertised product, you can disable the ads you see by doing the following:

Type “suggestions” (without the quotation marks) in the search bar in the Start Menu. After that, click “Show suggestions occasionally in Start”.
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Then turn off “Show suggestions occasionally in Start”.
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2. Removing Titles from the start menu

If you are like most people and want your Start Menu to be clean and organized, you can remove all of the large tiles. Doing it is pretty easy and takes no time at all, just right click each tile you want to remove, and select “Unpin from Start”.

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Once you’re done with everything, your Start Menu should have a nice and easy to understand look.

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3. Remove Microsoft Store Apps and pre-installed software – The final step of the process is to use an advanced tool that will help you remove all of the unnecessary software.

Revo Uninstaller can provide you with such features thanks to its deep scanning algorithms and a plethora of useful tools that will help you get rid of all of the junk products on your computer.

  • Before proceeding with the bloatware’s removal, it is a good practice to use the internal Windows tool called “Add/Remove Windows Components”. One of the fastest ways to aces is through Revo Uninstaller’s tool – Windows Tools.
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    Add/Remove Windows Components will help you manage installed Windows components on your computer. After your Windows is finished installing, you can use the Add/Remove Windows Components (Windows Features) to add a Windows component, or to remove an existing one that you think you will not use.

  • Revo Uninstaller’s main feature – uninstalling/removing unwanted pre-installed bloatware or Windows Apps from your PC.

    When you open Revo Uninstaller, you can easily find the Windows Apps module on the left side of the menu (in the Freeware version it is located on the right side of the Uninstaller button). After clicking on it, Revo Uninstaller will scan your system, and present you with a list with all installed Windows Apps. When you decide which of the Apps you do not require, you need to simply select the app, and click the “Uninstall” button.
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    Revo Uninstaller will generally attempt to create a full Registry Backup (only in Pro version) and a System Restore Point, after which the uninstallation will begin. If you want to read a more complete guide how to remove software from your PC, check out our guide.

  • The next tool that we recommend is the Junk Files Cleaner (located in the Tools menu in the Freeware version).
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    The Junk Files Cleaner allows you to find and remove various types of junk or temporary unnecessary files from your computer. Many Windows applications create junk files. Normally, such files are deleted by the application that had created them as soon they become unnecessary. However, sometimes they can remain on your hard drive if the program that created them was terminated unexpectedly, it was never programed to delete said files, or there was a system crash, etc. The accumulation of such files takes up disk space, and can also sometimes impact system performance.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, nowadays, when markets are filled with products that have to be sold to the end customer, companies will always try to promote their mostly “unwanted” software by any means possible. That is why most of us have to live with bloatware as an accepted industry practice. By following our advices and best practices, you will be able to keep your PC clean, tidy, and you will never feel that your system is performing slowly.


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