Most consumers have encountered bloatware at some point, even if they didn't know how to identify it. These are the frivolous programs that computer manufacturers include on new machines. Things like special toolbars, links to search engines or desktop icons for special offers are all considered bloatware.

For the uninitiated, it can seem like a bad idea to uninstall these programs. After all, how do you know what's important and what's safe to delete? Fortunately, there are a handful of third-party programs that specialize in identifying and deleting bloatware.

Why bother deleting bloatware?

Over time, these programs can become a burden on a computer's memory and slow its performance. Keeping a machine clean is a great way to avoid significant computer or laptop repair down the road.

PC Decrapifier

Its bizarre name aside, PC Decrapifier has become a trusted tool for consumers. The program's database stores well-known problem files and, when enabled, it will cross-check computer's files with that list. Users will be able to select which files they wish to delete. In a separate scan, PC Decrapifier will identify other programs that are not necessarily useless but are certainly non-vital. These could include free photo software or music players.

Revo Uninstaller

Revo is a good substitution for traditional Windows Uninstaller, which sometimes cannot remove certain programs. This software has the muscle to delete even the most tenacious bloatware, and its "Hunter" feature transforms the mouse cursor into a crosshairs. Users can then hover over different menus and icons on their computer to remove troublesome programs – a handy way to delete bloatware that's hard to identify in the traditional uninstaller menu.

Once the bloatware's gone, users should backup their system so that it can be restored to optimal condition if it's ever serviced by a Washington, D.C. laptop repair specialist.