Junkware, Bloatware, Shovelware

These colorful, and rather amusing, terms all describe the annoying pre-loaded software that major computer vendors add to the computers you buy from them. I talked with a salesperson at Best Buy recently and asked him if I could purchase a new PC in the store that didnt come pre-loaded with this software. The answer was no. He told me that the amount of bloat varies from vendor to vendor but all brands contain it.

The sales person also admitted that these programs significantly slow the computer down. They cause pop-up screens and longer boot times, as some of this junk loads on startup and constantly runs in the background, taking up memory and hard drive space and slowing your new