Bloatware and the alternatives

Faun

Wahahaha~!
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I reinstalled windows 8.1 pro and setting it up with less bloat.

Bloatware I have identified so far:

1. Adobe Flash

Alternative: Switched to HTML5 videos in firefox. But still had to install it for other sites.

Why it is a bloatware ?
It's slow and the constant update service notifications are an annoyance. Takes up lot of resources. Not to forget the macafee optional install which is by default ticked.

2. Adobe pdf Reader

Alternative: Foxit Reader, PDFXViewer. Will update this space.

Why is it a bloatware ?
Update notification service and the usual slow as hell software.

3. Logitech Gaming Software

Alternative: Yet to check.

Why it is a bloatware ?
It's a one solution for all and uses clunky UI. That causes slowdowns and sometimes it just stops working at all unless I restart the process.

List down your experiences in the same fashion.
 

SaiyanGoku

kamehameha!!
Using Sumatra PDF as an alternative here. IMO windows itself is a bloat but since the "devs" at acer can't develop drivers for linux/debian, I'm forced to use windows 8.1 (touchpad is being wrongly identified as PS2 mouse :facepalm: in legacy boot mode )
 

rijinpk1

Aspiring Novelist
I am using sumatra pdf on my laptop and genius pdf reader on my desktop. both are just fine to serve the purpose.
 

Nerevarine

Incarnate
Logitech Gaming Software is irreplacable, especially for G400s+ mice with multiple buttons

I have profiles for various applications like Unity Engine, League of Legends etc
 

RCuber

The Mighty Unkel!!!
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Logitech Gaming Software is irreplacable, especially for G400s+ mice with multiple buttons

I have profiles for various applications like Unity Engine, League of Legends etc

I concur.. I need it for gaming with my G400. and it can configure the mouse for lots of other apps too.
 
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Faun

Faun

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Installed Logitech Gaming Software because I too rely on different profiles for application. But the fact remains that they need to update it.
 
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Faun

Faun

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Using laspass used to slow down websites. Installed the addon. Using Keepasx.
 

Vyom

The Power of x480
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Another Foxit user here. Using it for years now. Happy with the progress it have made.
Another bloat now is uTorrent which is replaced by Deluge now.
Also I use an app named Everything to search for anything on my system instead of default crappy Windows search.
 

Flash

Lost in speed
^ There's also Avafind & Instant filefind. Both are better in indexing than the default search.
 

topgear

Super Moderator
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Installed Logitech Gaming Software because I too rely on different profiles for application. But the fact remains that they need to update it.

Using Logitech Gaming software without any sort of update from 2013 ;) and never gave a me an error or any sort of trouble. Using it with a G105 and G400 - configured only once and have not touched it too much after that.
 

dashing.sujay

Moving
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Foxit has also become quite heavy with recent versions. The first thing I have to do now is disable ad and opening tab in settings.

I liked the older versions of foxit.

Moreover, Adobe reader has improved a lot, still a bloat though.

Won't keep LastPass in bloat category.
 
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Faun

Faun

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Foxit has also become quite heavy with recent versions. The first thing I have to do now is disable ad and opening tab in settings.

I liked the older versions of foxit.

Moreover, Adobe reader has improved a lot, still a bloat though.

Won't keep LastPass in bloat category.

Lastpass makes website navigation jittery.

All adobe softwares are bloat IMO. It's just that there is no good alternative that people can switch over to.
 

promo87

Broken In
Nero is a CD / DVD writer, which I used to use during my college time and I always found it very difficult in use but the PowerISO is much helpful.
 

whitestar_999

Super Moderator
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i still use nero 7 micro,the best cd/dvd writing software in my opinion & i am saying this after using imgburn.i already have the serial key from the nero 7 i got with dvd writer & use it with this micro version.it is an unofficial version but it has all the best points of nero 7 & none of the bloat.
 
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