Updated: 06/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as bloatware and junkware, crapware is software that comes pre-installed with OEM computers and offers no advantage because it's a trial or expires after a few days. Computer manufacturers often include this software in exchange for special deals with the publishers, which often help reduce the overall cost of the computer for the consumer.


Crapware should not be confused with adware, spyware, or malware, which are all malicious. Apart from consuming disk space, crapware is not malicious.

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