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What is Bloatware

You'll often hear software-related terms ending in the suffix "-ware" from "software." Common terms include "bloatware", "malware" and "shareware" etc. Bloatware is a colloquial term to describe software which offers little or nothing of use to the end user and instead clogs up the computer, hogging system resources and/or pestering you to purchase a full version. Bloatware can also, however, be useful or even essential software but which contains features which are not needed. Bloatware can also simply refer to software which, while useful, may be so poorly optimized that it uses far more system resources than it really should.

Bloatware should not be confused with malware. Malware, by contrast, refers to software that is deliberately designed to damage your computer, force you into buying a useless program or steal personal information. Malware includes viruses, Trojans and certain types of hacking tools. Bloatware, on the other hand, will not generally harm your computer - it's an annoyance rather than a danger. This does not mean that you should simply ignore bloatware, however.

To get the most out of your computer, you're certainly not going to want to have junk programs taking up system resources. One of the first steps to take with optimizing your computer's performance is to remove all of this software. You should also remove any other programs that you don't use, especially those which insist on running at system startup and hiding in the background eating away at your computer's memory and processing power.

Some common examples of bloatware include useless toolbars for your Internet browser and trial versions of useless software which come pre-installed on new computers. New computers are particularly infamous for coming packed full of junk software which you often have to spend half an hour manually removing before you can enjoy getting optimal performance from your computer.

Another type of bloatware is adware. Adware is another commonly used term in the world of software. Adware is a derogatory term used to describe software which is primarily designed for advertising purposes rather than offering anything of use to the end user. Another term that you will sometimes come across is "nagware," or trial software which constantly pesters you with nag screens to get you to buy the full version.


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