Your PC might be full of programs you didn’t even know about, such as trials, pre-installed toolbars and other hidden junk.
This guide helps you identify this secret ‘bloatware’ you don’t need.
PC makers often preload your desktop and laptop with toolbars, app trials, advertising software and other programs that you don’t want – all software commonly known as “bloatware.” The result? A super slow PC that runs out of disk space faster than you can fill it. In this blog post we’ll show you a few easy steps to help you get rid of such stuff.
Toolbars, trials, junkware… all this preloaded software you probably don’t want, sitting in your PC, taking space and sapping up resources. Bloatware includes:
Avast Cleanup Premium comes with Software Cleanup, which lists all installed apps, rates them by usefulness, and lets you move the ones you don’t need directly to the trash — in two easy steps:
Then go to Speed up, and look for Junk Programs. Here’s your list of unneeded apps, rated from useless (1 star) to useful (5 stars). More on that below.
Hint: if you don’t have it yet, download a free trial of Cleanup Premium now
Click Move to Trash next to the apps you don’t want. This puts them in quarantine and stops them from slowing you down, until you’re ready to remove them permanently.
The star rating mentioned above shows you what Avast’s recommendation engine, blacklists/whitelists, and other Cleanup Premium users around the world have said about each app. An app with no stars means nobody’s rated it yet. If you want to help others, give a program a rating based on your own experience and opinion.
Remember to to check back every now and then to get rid of any new bloatware that may have begun to accumulate.
Avast conducted a global study of nearly 3 billion photos to find out how many low-quality or duplicate images people keep.
Avast conducted a global study of nearly 3 billion photos to find out which countries and age groups store the most and the least.