How to Remove Bloatware from Windows

by Contributing Writer

Most new computers come with bloatware pre-installed. "Bloatware " is the term used by software enthusiasts to describe programs that companies pay the PC companies to install on your new PC. Typically, they are demo and free-trial versions of the actual software. Removing each program one at a time can be a pain. An easier, more convenient method uses these two applications: "CCleaner" and "Autoruns." Read on to learn how to use this method.

Get Started

Download and install the two applications (See Resources below for the download links).

Visit the CCleaner home page and download the application. Install the downloaded program, making sure not to download the Yahoo toolbar (unless you want it).

Download "Autoruns" application and install it to a new file in your Program Files folder.

Run the CCleaner program

Launch the CCleaner program. Click on the "Tools" icon on the left of your screen. This brings up a list of the programs that are installed on your computer.

Select the programs that you would like to remove. Programs by companies like Dell, HP, VAIO and Kodak are often pre-installed trial versions. Delete all the bloatware unless you plan on taking advantage of the trial or purchasing the full version.

Reboot your computer once you have deleted all the programs you do not need.

Open CCleaner once more and click on "Cleaner." The application will now clean up all the registry entries of the programs that you have just uninstalled. It also cleans up all references to these deleted programs. Close CCLeaner.

Run Autoruns

Launch Autoruns. Click on "Options" and then click on "Hide Microsoft Entries."

Tap F5 on your keyboard.

De-select all the entries that you don’t want to start up with each system boot. Reboot your computer.

Tips

  • check You can download and install an application called "Spybot Search & Destroy" to monitor changes to your registry that may be made by malware such as rootkits. (See Resources for the download link).
  • check Consider deleting the commercial anti-virus program that is running automatically–you can replace it with a free application such as AVG, which uses fewer system resources. (See Resources for the download link).
  • check By removing the unwanted programs from your system, you free up valuable hard disk space and enable Windows to run faster.