Have you ever experienced a sudden slowdown on your laptop, phone, or other devices while you were using it? You might have some bloatware installed on there. But what is bloatware, and why does it make your device run so slow? You will learn all about bloatware in this blog post. Stay tuned!
What Is Bloatware?
Bloatware is any pre-installed app or program on your device when you first purchase it. These programs act as revenue streams for the manufacturers that install them on your device and are generally useless for the consumer. It is this useless character that makes them unwanted to the customers.
Types Of Bloatware
Bloatware can be divided into three categories.
System bloatware comes installed on your device by the manufacturer. For example, Samsung devices come with bloatware, such as Samsung TouchWiz, while HTC devices come with the HTC Sense interface.
Carrier bloatware comes installed by your service provider. For example, your telephone company may have certain apps installed on your new iPhone when you buy it on contract.
Another type of bloatware is when you download specific programs via the internet. This is the kind you don’t need on your device as it can be detrimental to your device’s performance. Sometimes malware is downloaded as part of your software. For example, bloatware can come in the form of a toolbar that gets installed on your web browser.
Examples Of Bloatware.
- Toolbars that get installed on your web browser
- Sports apps
- Weather apps
- Fitness apps
- Music or video apps that you don’t use
- System utility apps
- Financial apps
- Game centers or apps
Bloatware Device Impact
Bloatware can harm the health of your device. It can take up valuable storage space, use up battery life, and slow down your device’s processing speed. In some cases, bloatware can even be malicious and put you at risk of cyberattacks.
Troubleshoot & Protect Your Devices
If your device is acting strangely, booting up slow, or its performance has been impacted, here are easy ways to troubleshoot it.
Whether using your phone or your laptop, you can go to the settings and find the programs or apps sub-setting and remove the app or program.
It is much harder to uninstall manufacturer or carrier pre-installed software but more straightforward for third-party apps. Even if you could remove bloatware from your device, they would leave behind a bunch of empty folders and files that would take up space on your device. Nonetheless, if you cannot remove the bloatware, you can disable it.
Bloatware removers can help you protect your device. There is various jailbreaking software to remove bloatware, but they are risky if done at home & might possibly brick your device. Please note that jailbreaking your device also voids its warranty and may put your device at risk.
Having your company’s IT department install security suites with protection against bloatware can also be helpful. These programs can also help against third-party bloatware and internet-based malware downloads and block adware.
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