Bloatware has had a long history of causing frustrating and often unintuitive issues with new computers; why on earth would a company put things on your brand new computer that actually slow it down? While that can be debated, what cannot be debated is the blatant benefits uninstalling this bloatware can have. First of all, what is bloatware? Bloatware is software that comes installed on a computer by default, most commonly software owned and developed by the computer manufacturer or distributer. This often includes things that claim to make the computing experience easier, but serve almost solely to nail down your computer and bring it to a screeching halt.
A brand new ASUS Q503U laptop running Windows 10, which should have worked perfectly (as nothing had been altered and it was fresh out of the box), would simply not connect to certain wireless networks, and the ones to which it did connect would only be connected for limited and seemingly arbitrary amounts of time. After uninstalling drivers, reinstalling wireless software, and changing connectivity settings, nothing had worked. In a last ditch effort to fix the issue, I delved into the program files of the computer to see if there was anything that could be causing the issue; and what do you know, there existed a program called “Intel PROSet/Wireless Software”.
After removing this software, which had been packaged with the computer and restarting the laptop it connected to the internet.. Something as simple as a program designed to increase performance was able to cripple a computer to the point that it could not connect to the internet. If you’re are having issues with wireless connectivity we recommend following these steps (I will be using the Intel software as an example, but the same steps apply to most forms of Bloatware):
1: Open the Start menu and click on “Control Panel”
2: Click on “Programs and Features”
3: In the top right of the window that shows up, search for “Intel PROSet” or simply navigate through the list until you find the program labeled “Intel PROSet/Wireless Software”
4: Right click and hit uninstall
5: Follow the instructions on screen and you will have successfully uninstalled the bloatware