‘Crapware’ is that unwanted commercial (usually trial) software that comes installed on your PC, tablet or phone. In simple terms, it’s stuff you don’t want, didn’t buy — but can’t get rid of.
It exists because money exists; companies are paid by other companies to install crapware on your machine in the hopes you’ll buy/join/use it.
It’s irritating. It slows your machine. It compromises your security.
It deserves to die.
But it won’t. Everybody hates crapware, but somebody’s making money. In fact, persistence is what makes crapware so irritating. Lacking a computer science degree (or a membership in Anonymous) it’s almost impossible to remove.
In short, we’re seeing the future of tech.
Turns out it’s filled with crap.
What To Do About Crapware?
Try to buy items without it. When you can’t, complain vigorously to the corporations that install it.
(I suggest we all light a paper bag filled with dog poop on fire and leave it on their front porch.)
With a certain amount of smugness, I will point out that Linux-powered computers don’t ship with crapware installed (things have grown so dire on the Windows side that Microsoft sells their own “Signature” crapware-free PCs).
Tablets and smartphones are another matter. Buy a phone from wireless providers Verizon or AT&T, and you’re paying to own something riddled with crapware (or worse, spyware).
Google’s Nexus brand mobile devices are supposedly crapware-free, as are iPads and iPhones.
There are apps on both you can’t remove, which some consider a form of crapware. I can live with it.
On the whole, your crapware-free choices are limited — and will remain so if there isn’t some kind of consumer pushback.
Me? I’m stockpiling dog poop.
Keep writing, Tom Chandler.