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Can Bloatware Lead To A Slow Computer

Paul Watson, PC Technician

Friday, June 15th 2012

Can Bloatware Lead To A Slow Computer

Can Bloatware Lead To A Slow Computer

The term “bloatware” refers to the collection of applications that arrives with a new computer. Bloatware often includes time-limited anti-virus programs, utilities, games, demonstration programs, adware and other not-very-desirable programs that tend to slow computer performance. Bloatware tends to stick around because many users don’t know what the applications are, what they do, or why they were put on the computer in the first place.

Nothing Wrong With Getting Rid Of Bloatware

Bloatware changes from computer to computer, and manufacturer to manufacturer. Normally, manufacturers make deals with application publishers to place a certain number of demonstration applications or time-limited applications on new computers. These applications may not have any appeal to a user, or may never get used. As such, they can be removed using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Windows.

Some bloatware is persistent, but getting rid of the junk you don’t want right away will make more room available for your files and for the applications you do want. If you have a computer with an application that you don’t recognize, a quick Google search will tell you what the application is and where it came from. You can then determine whether you want to keep the application or not.

Most critical applications (e.g., the ones that are part of the OS) will be stored separately from your run-of-the-mill applications. Chances are good that if a questionable program is stored with all of your other applications, and you didn’t specifically purchase it or load it onto your computer, it falls into the category of bloatware and can be safely removed without disturbing your computing experience.

Bloatware can take up a significant amount of hard disk space, and worse, some bloatware may be configured to run automatically when you start your computer. This situation is what you really want to look out for. Not only is the software taking up space on your hard disk, but also it may be taking away valuable RAM from the programs you do want to run on your computer.

Once you remove the bloatware, consider running a registry cleaner like Speedy PC Pro to clean up your computer’s registry file and optimize the performance of your computer. If you begin this regimen when your computer is new, it’s much easier to keep your computer performance at peak levels. By eliminating bloatware, you’ll improve your hard disk performance and keep your computer running smoothly.

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