Computer Repair - Remove Included Bloatware


If you've just purchased a new computer – or reset your old computer back to its factory default state – you'll often find it packed full of useless software. Computer manufacturers are paid to include these programs, which slow your computer down (particularly during the startup process) and clutter your system tray.


Best Buy's Geek Squad will charge you to remove this bloatware. Even Microsoft is getting in on the action – if you bring a Windows PC to a Microsoft store, they'll remove the bloatware for $99.


Don't fall for it: You don't have to pay a dime to remove these preinstalled programs. There are three ways you can go about doing this:


  • Use a program like PC Decrapifier. It will automatically scan your computer for bloatware and automatically uninstall it.
  • Open the Uninstall a program control panel and manually uninstall each piece of bloatware, one-by-one. If you do this on a new computer, be sure not to uninstall any hardware drivers. Everything else should be fair game.
  • Reinstall Windows. Many geeks like performing a fresh install of Windows on their new computers to start from a clean state. You'll often have to download and install hardware drivers from your computer manufacturer's website after the reinstall.

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