How to remove pre-installed apps on Windows 10 [Best Tools]

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You just bought yourself that new PC you were longing for, and now you can’t wait to use it. You’re eager to enjoy all those new features your friends have been talking about for so long, and you can’t wait to see how quickly programs load with a single click.

Instead of joy, you get shocked because after your new computer boots up, it greets you with annoying pop-up ads along with loads of shortcuts to useless apps and services that you didn’t ask for.

Before you even get to click on anything, the computer automatically connects to the internet and is already downloading the latest updates for all the trial antivirus and antispyware software installed on it.

You also get all kinds of notifications and alerts about IT dangers that you only hear about in horror stories and weren’t sure they even really existed or not. We’re pretty sure this all sounds like a nightmare.

One of the nastiest things about buying a new PC or laptop is how it usually comes with plenty of useless software and unnecessary extras that have been pre-installed by the manufacturer.

Even big names such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Asus do this and while some things they add aren’t such a big deal, while others are.  Some of this software can even be classified as malicious.

All these apps cling to your brand new Windows machine and can affect its performance, causing it to boot or work slowly even when brand new.

Uninstalling these unnecessary apps manually would take time and patience, but fortunately, there are some solutions in the form of programs that specifically designed to get rid of all the unwanted software automatically.

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What is the best software to remove PC bloatware?

Revo Uninstaller

No program is better at getting rid of unwanted bloatware from a PC than Revo Uninstaller Pro.

In fact, this software utility can be used to remove pretty much anything on your PC, as long as it involved some sort of installation process in the first place.

This includes regular programs, store apps, browser extensions, drivers, and even pre-installed programs, also known as bloatware.

Simply launch the program, wait for its library of installed programs to load, select the one you want to remove, and wait.

You will get to choose between 2 scanning modes, one of which also deletes all related files and folders of the uninstalled software, not just the software itself.

This not only ensures that your PC is bloatware-free, but that it is not filled with residual data either.

Here are some of the perks of using Revo Uninstaller:

  • Removes all residual data from your PC, not just the program
  • Comes in both a normal and portable version
  • Can be used on bloatware and drivers
  • Fast and efficient software uninstaller
  • You can try it before you buy it

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IObit Uninstaller PRO

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This is another free program that shows you a list of all the programs installed on your computer. You simply select which you’d like to get rid of and click Uninstall. It’s very handy because it tells you which add-ons and plugins are trusted and which ones are not.

Download IObit Uninstaller

PC Decrapifier

This is a free and easy to use program that has been around for a very long time and works perfectly with every version of Windows from Windows 2000 all the way to Windows 10.

The software finds all unwanted apps and programs so that you can choose what you’d like to have uninstalled and then automatically doing the job for you.

The program features a large list of trial apps that usually come with new devices. Once installed, it will create a system restore point and from there, you simply have to select the items from the list and click Next.

Download PC Decrapifier

SlimComputer

This one has some additional features compare to PCDecrapifier designed cleaning all the pre-installed junk you don’t need on a PC.

It boasts a startup and service optimizer, a general software uninstaller, a browser search and toolbar checker, and a Windows tools section with fast access to a number of programs such as Disk Management, Device Manager or Regedit.

The program’s searches are divided into categories of unwanted apps, add-ons and browser toolbars, startup items, and pre-installed shortcuts. You simply have to go through each of them and verify the ones you want to remove.

You also have a Restore option in case you want to undo a removal you made by mistake.

Download SlimComputer

Decrap My Computer

This software is designed to completely remove the unnecessary bloatware that comes with a new computer. Its portability is a bonus.

This tool does not concentrate on finding specific junk items but rather lists everything in a PC including startup software, desktop items, and all-important software.

During the uninstall process, the automatic process will search and remove registry entries and leftover files from your machine.

One thing to look out for, though, is that it doesn’t discriminate between good and bad software since it’s a bulk uninstaller.

Download Decrap My Computer

Should I Remove It?

This is a detector and remover of manufacturer bloatware, trialware, and unwanted programs including toolbars, adware, and other junk. It will scan your computer and then grade everything found.

The higher an item is placed on the list, the more highly recommended it is for removal.

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While none of these tools provide a perfect one-click solution, they’re all very useful for ridding your computer of unwanted software.

Which one of these tools do you use to free your PC of bloatware? Let us know by leaving us your feedback in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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