Trials, toolbars, and adware — these days, PCs come with all sorts of useless software. All this hidden “bloatware” impacts the performance of your entire system: it runs constantly in the background, consumes RAM and CPU resources, and demands your attention with annoying ads and notifications. Time to get rid of it.

What is bloatware?

“Bloatware” is a term that applies to many different types of applications with one common trait: they’re unnecessary. These can be:

  • Toolbars: Many applications install additional toolbars that clutter up your browser, show you annoying ads, and provide little helpful functionality.
  • Adware: These applications have no other purpose than to serve you ads. Adware also includes annoying shortcuts to commercial websites that are placed on your desktop.
  • Trials: Short-term try-before-you-buy versions of programs you might not need and definitely haven’t asked for.

Even though PC manufacturers have reduced the amount of preinstalled programs on their machines, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Nowadays, many software companies and download portals add bloatware to their own downloads. As you’re installing the software you want, it’ll install additional programs, such as toolbars or trial versions of other programs.

How can bloatware impact your computer?

Since bloatware comes in many forms, its impact on your PC’s performance can vary from negligible to severe. At any rate, bloatware has no right to be on anyone's PC.

AVG TuneUp’s Software Cleanup scans your computer from top to bottom for bloatware and removes it, freeing up both space and resources.

AVG TuneUp

AVG TuneUp rates all the apps on your computer for their usefulness via a combination of user scores and our in-house blacklist. Here’s how it works:

1. Launch AVG TuneUp

Head to Speed up and look for Junk Programs. Here’s your list of unneeded apps, rated from 0 (not rated) to useless (1 star) to useful (5 stars). More on that below.

AVG TuneUp unnecessary programs

Hint: If you’re not running it already, get the trial version of AVG TuneUp for your PC.

2. Remove the apps you don’t need!

Found an app you don’t need? Click on Move to Trash. This quarantines the app so you can evaluate your user experience without it. If you find that you don’t miss it, you can get rid of it completely.

Be a part of the solution: Here’s how

As you rate apps, you’ll help others make better decisions about the apps they need or don’t need. Your ratings also help our cloud-based recommendation engine learn more about which apps belong on our blacklists and whitelists.