Did you know that the new desktop or laptop you just bought is heavily loaded with softwares that take up storage space, make machines run slower and are seldom of any use to you? And it is not just about system performance. In fact it could include malware, especially keyloggers that could seriously compromise your security. Even worse, as an owner, you cannot easily remove it till you void the product warranty.
Also, many of these programs pop up as trial versions, egging you to purchase paid software and providing you with links to places to purchase paid version from. Many gullible users actually end up purchasing complete versions of the trial software. And all they get is bad outdated games, and ordinary search engines that claim to pull out information that normal search engines can’t.
You would ask why on earth somebody would do that and to what purpose? Well it is all about money wherein software manufacturers pay the PC/laptop manufacturers to pre-install the stuff. After all it is not just product promotion but a lot of it is about collecting the data goldmine on you and selling it profitably to advertisers.
In fact, so rampant is the problem that recently Microsoft conducted a research that revealed malwares in PCs are capable of remotely turning on an infected computer’s microphone and video camera! You can uninstall bloatwares from the usual Uninstall Programs pane in the Windows Control Panel. In order to know what programs exactly are bloatwares you can perform some simple Google searches for a guide or list of common bloatwares and their functions. Based on this information you can manually uninstall them. There are also free programs on the net that are known to clean PCs of bloatwares. One example is PC Decaprifier that enjoys good reputation among users. Another rather strong option is to go for a clean install, wiping the hard drive and carrying out a fresh install of Windows. This will enable you to reclaim drive space, be secure and free up computing power.
You may ask is this another paranoid take in view of the cyber security issues that afflict all of us? No, definitely not. Did you know that Microsoft actually makes money selling “Microsoft signature” which are laptops free of bloatware with an extra price of $99. And Microsoft has proven statistics of how much faster a signature PC is than a non-signature PC. You can access the figures here in the Microsoft archives.
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