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Cyber Alert! Samsung and Windows 8 Loaded with Bloatware

You must be extremely happy to receive your new Samsung S3, S4, S5 and Windows 8 PC, laptop, tablet or computer. You should! After all, these are excellent mobile gadgets and devices. However, do you know these are loaded with bloatware?

What is a bloatware?

Bloatware is a slang term for numerous programs that are pre-installed on new PCs. It refers to software that has unnecessary features that use large amounts of memory and RAM.”

Samsung and Bloatware Issues

Samsung S5 still suffers from bloatware

Is there also bloatware in Samsung S5?

In one of the articles published by Combofix, it was highlighted that Samsung Galaxy S4 users have raised a number of complaints about the performance of their devices, and this can be traced back to bloatware issues. Although the S4 is advertised as having 16GB of internal memory, around 7GB of this is taken up by pre-installed apps and software.

As a result these unwanted apps have:

  • Slowed down Samsung Android’s performance causing it to freeze and suffer from crash problems
  • Battery life is reduced due to these bloatware constantly running in the background of their device.

Is it wise to pay $99 just to get rid of bloatware?

Bloatware in Windows 8

Do you know that bloatware is present in Windows 8?

In response to the bloatware problem, Microsoft offers $99 for a CD clean-up disc that would perform a clean reinstall to your PC.

This is very ironic!

Why should you pay $99 for something that you haven’t requested to be installed to your computer in the first place?

Mirekusoft Install Monitor – the Better Alternative

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Uninstall programs efficiently with Mirekusoft Install Monitor

Rather than purchasing the $99 CD offered by Microsoft, it is better to purchase a cost effective program remover – Mirekusoft. For only $11.99 for Standard License and $24.99 for Premium License, you get not only an uninstall software that helps you get rid of these bloatware, but it also provides you with:

  • Startup Monitor
  • Program Tree
  • Program Process Viewer
  • Program Scanner

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Preventing iTunes from Slowing Down Your System

Does iTunes slow down your laptop/desktop PC? iTunes is a media player and media library application that also allows you to manage iPhones and other Apple devices. Over time it has gotten bigger with more functionality and requires several background services that run all the time. The result is that it slows down your computer even if you are not using it. One of the ways to deal with a bloated program is to run a non-bloated alternative. However in this case there are no real alternatives if you use Apple hardware. So if you have or want to get Apple hardware how do you prevent iTunes from slowing down your system?

We can first start by installing iTunes with Install Monitor running. The machine I used was running Windows 7. A unique feature to Install Monitor is that you do not have to do anything special to start the iTunes installer. Install Monitor is smart enough to detect the installation. iTunes installs 5 programs and the Program Tree groups them together.

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iTunes installs 5 different programs

If you use the Program Process Viewer you can see that 5 different processes (the numbers in parentheses) and 3 different programs are running. These programs are generally going to be running all the time. In fact they will even slow the startup of your system. How do we change that?

The Program Process Viewer showing iTunes programs
iTunes running after install

We can use the Startup Monitor to prevent iTunes from starting automatically. Click the image icon on the toolbar for Startup Monitor. It will list the current programs that start automatically. We can see that there are now 4 programs that automatically start. We are going to uncheck the icons for the Apple programs and then restart Windows.

Startup Monitor window
Startup Monitor lists programs that start automatically

After restarting Program Process Viewer should shows no other iTunes programs running. So how do we start iTunes now? Most programs do not actually need the background services or are able to start them on demand. This is the case with iTunes. Once we start it, it will automatically start any dependent background programs.

You can also start a program from Install Monitor by right-clicking it and choosing “Start”. In this case Install Monitor will recognize that the program has been disabled in Startup Manager and start any background services before running it.

The advantage of using Install Monitor instead of other startup configuration programs is it is you no longer have to be concerned about what startup entries belong to each program. Also Startup Monitor dynamically blocks the programs instead of making changes to the registry. Making changes to the registry can make a program think it is not installed properly and attempt to reinstall itself. Moreover, whenever you update the program you have to block the new startup entries all over again.

Also as I just mentioned Install Monitor is able to automatically able to start background services the program may require to run. When you combine this with the Program Process Viewer you can easily stop those programs when you are done running it. This prevents the program from running until you need it again. This is another way that Install Monitor gives you more control over you computer and reduces the affects of bloated programs on system performance. Keep your computer fast and clean. Download Install Monitor now.

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Program Process Viewer after disabling iTunes in Startup Manager
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The background on background programs

One of the characteristics of bloatware is unnecessary programs running in the background. In the example last time Application Foo had five programs running and all you needed it for was viewing widgets. Many times these background programs are unnecessary or should be optional. They generally fall into a few categories like providing easier user-interface access, update functionality, extra functionality, and support programs.

Why are there so many background programs?

Too many options

Too many background options!!!
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Many times for programmers the easy solution to a problem is to just add another program. It usually requires more engineering to figure out solutions that are more optimized. Software develops tend to think in terms of only their product and not about the cumulative effect of other developers making similar decisions. For example if every program requires 5 unnecessary programs the users machine is soon bogged down with unnecessary programs. Unfortunately the user is left to suffer the consequences of the extra programs. The extra programs require greater power and resource usage. They can slow system startup and keep the system busier. They also clutter process listings like in Task Manager.

Is there an alternate program available?

Mirekusoft Application Management Software

Sometimes there is an alternative program that provides the same functionality that is less bloated. Other times users are not left with many options if the software is needed for hardware like a printer. In a few cases programs will offer ways to turn of the background programs by disabling unused features. In most cases users are sometimes left to disabling background programs through the registry. In a subsequent post we will look at why a lot of background programs are unnecessary.

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How to Effectively Deal with Software Bloat

It seems a common trend is for many software applications to be bloated. What is software bloat? It generally means software with an increasing number of features that uses more system resources than necessary. Another name for this kind of software is bloatware.

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Software Bloat Example – Application Foo

Let me give an example. There are two applications, Foo and Bar, that open and view widgets. Application Foo requires 5 programs running in the background all the time that autostart (automatically start), uses a 500 MB of memory and 10 GB of disk space, and takes several seconds to start. Now on the other hand Application Bar has no background programs, pops open in less than a second and takes less than 5 MB of memory and disk space.

If all you need to do is view widgets, application Foo clearly uses more resources than is necessary. Sure it may offer several extra features but you may never use or even know about them. Application Foo also probably takes much longer to install/uninstall. Having a lot of features also tends to clutter the user interface. The screen may be filled with tons of buttons/menus/tabs. In general, Application Foo will basically slow down your computer for no perceived benefit. It may even increase your electric bill slightly if the background programs are inefficiently polling. These effects are amplified if you have multiple programs like Foo.

How To Deal with Software Bloat?

One way to deal with software bloat is too look for lightweight alternative programs. In the above case if you new about Bar you could use it instead of Foo. In some cases there may be no alternative or you might have to try a few applications to decide. It might not be so easy to see how many resources an application is using. If you want to uninstall something later, you run into some of the problems we discussed last time.

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