bloatware
Mobile

Verizon wanted to charge advertisers to slap unwanted apps on your homescreen

Verizon reportedly considered a package that would see bloatware installed to subscribers' phones over the air. It approached advertisers about the deal last year, AdAge reported.
Computing

Security researchers find several high-risk bloatware bugs on popular laptops

A new report from security researchers finds that many laptops by HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer have buggy bloatware installed that could leave systems vulnerable to hacking and remote control.
Mobile

Your next Android phone is about to have quite a bit less bloatware from Google

Google announced it will no longer require Android phone manufacturers to preinstall Google Play Books, Google Play Newsstand, Google Play Games, and Google+ on their phones if they want to install one of Google's other apps.
Computing

Want to erase bloatware from your Lenovo PC? That could be a battle you’ll always lose

Lenovo has been accused of using a little known Microsoft feature to automatically re-install bloatware, even if the user wipes the system and does a clean install of Windows.
Mobile

China orders Samsung to ditch the bloatware from its devices

As the result of losing a lawsuit in China, Samsung is giving users the option to uninstall preloaded apps from its phones — lets hope the practice extends to other OEMs and countries too.
Mobile

Hell hath no fury like China facing bloatware: Chinese agency sues Samsung and Oppo

A Chinese agency is taking Samsung and Oppo to court over the bloatware the companies load on their phones, claiming that the multitude of these apps unreasonably detract from the amount of storage space advertised to consumers.
Computing

Buying a PC this year? Here’s what you need to know about bloatware

Bloatware has been on the decline in the PC space, but problems like Lenovo's SuperFish debacle prove it's not a dead issue yet. Here's what you need to know about bloatware on modern computers.
Computing

Lenovo cleans up Superfish with McAfee subscription, promises to restrain future bloatware

Lenovo has announced that starting with the release of Windows 10, the company will no longer be including unnecessary bloatware on its machines in an effort to make amends for the Superfish adware debacle.
Computing

Lenovo’s CTO apologizes for Superfish debacle

Hardware vendor Lenovo has been scrambling to clean up the mess caused by the PR nightmare that is the Superfish adware extension, which was bundled with all laptops and desktops sold by the brand over the last few months.
Mobile

Is your phone full of bloatware? Here’s how to disable apps on Android

Preinstalled apps from your smartphone manufacturer or carrier can be a pain. If you don’t use it then you certainly don’t want it sucking down system resources. Even if you can’t uninstall, you can always disable, here’s how.