Unnecessary Windows Programs You Should Uninstall

The majority of people tend to keep a fair amount of unnecessary software installed on their systems, but how many programs out of all the ones on your computer do you actually use regularly? While some of these applications are merely out-of-date, others are Windows bloatware, malicious software, or unneeded files that you can delete from your computer.

On Windows 11 or Windows 10, how to Check Your Installed Programs.
Using Windows 11 or Windows 10, it’s simple to review the installed programs on your computer. Windows 10 users should open Settings and navigate to the Apps > Apps and Features section. On Windows 11, this is found under Apps > Installed apps. A list of every installation on your PC can be found here.

In Windows 11, select Uninstall from the three-dot menu to remove a program. To reveal the Uninstall button on Windows 10, simply click the entry.

Depending on the software, you might have to navigate through a few dialogue boxes to uninstall the app or it might do so immediately. Typically, it only requires a few Next clicks, though some programs may offer a discount or free trial to entice you to continue using them.

Listed below are a few popular Windows applications that, for the majority of users, are unnecessary.

1. QuickTime.
Apple’s video player is QuickTime. Although the program is still in use on macOS, the Windows version hasn’t received any support from the company since 2016. There should be no repercussions from removing QuickTime. Use VLC instead of QuickTime if you need something that can play almost anything.
2. CCleaner.
When Avast bought CCleaner, it lost its status as a reliable Windows program for clearing up clutter. Past problems have included unauthorized forced updates, data collection that continued even after you turned off the feature, and software that unintentionally spread malware.
3. Other PC Cleaner applications.
A PC-cleaning app has probably been downloaded (intentionally or not) by many people. Since registry cleaners do absolutely nothing to enhance Windows performance, the majority of these products are either useless or harmful. You should uninstall any useless apps you find in your list of installed programs, such as MyCleanPC or PC Optimizer Pro.

Cancel your subscription and get rid of those because some people do pay for them. A better computer or an upgrade to more RAM and/or SSD are the best solutions for slow computers.

4. uTorrent.
The majority of users have probably never heard of this program, but if you are familiar with torrents, you will recognize the name. Earlier, uTorrent was regarded as the industry standard for torrenting software. But over time, it developed a number of problems that now render it unreliable.
5. Shockwave and Adobe Flash players.
As of January 2021, Adobe and browsers will no longer support Adobe Flash Player. Even though Flash is now disabled in all current browsers, you should still uninstall any local copies of the program. Due to Adobe’s discontinuation of security updates, this will protect you from upcoming security issues.
In 2019, Adobe Shockwave Player, a comparable runtime plugin, was discontinued. There are probably no websites that require it since the company no longer makes it available for download.
6. Java.
Another media runtime is Java, which consists of the Java desktop client and the Java plugin for browsers (which is infamous for having security issues). Websites no longer use it nearly as much as they once did, despite being fairly common.
Java is less of a security concern than it once was because recent versions of Chrome and Firefox do not support it. You should uninstall it unless you’re an Android developer or use specialized software that requires Java. Probability is that you won’t ever notice a difference.
7. Redmond Silverlight.
Similar to Adobe Flash, Silverlight is a web framework that once made it possible for your browser to play rich media files. Many websites required these plugins in the past. They are no longer useful because they have been deprecated.
Silverlight isn’t even supported by contemporary browsers; Chrome and Firefox haven’t supported it in years, and Edge has never supported it. When you uninstall Silverlight, nothing will be lost.
8. All browser extensions and junk toolbars.
Junk in your browser is another obvious contender. However, more recent versions of Chrome and other browsers have successfully fought back and eliminated toolbars, which were once a much more common issue. But spammy extensions are still out there.
Look for toolbars like the Bing Bar, Google Toolbar, Ask Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar, or Babylon Toolbar in your list of installed programs. Remove them from your system if you find any. Review the add-ons and extensions that are currently installed in your browsers after that. As even reliable extensions can be sold to dubious businesses, be sure to recognize and review everything there.
9. Windows coupon printing software.
Access to deals from Coupons.com is made possible by Coupon Printer for Windows. The likelihood is that you didn’t want to install this software in the first place, though, as it is frequently found bundled with other programs.
10. Bloatware, the producer.
Your computer probably came with a ton of preinstalled junk from the manufacturer unless you’re using a high-end device like the Surface Pro or you installed Windows from scratch on a new desktop. This problem can happen with laptops made by HP, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, and other manufacturers.
Take into account that none of these extraneous programs are necessary for Windows to operate, so get rid of them. There are some preinstalled branded programs that are completely unnecessary, such as photo apps, gaming tools, or anything that looks exactly like Windows utilities. Others, like utilities for driver and BIOS updates (like Lenovo System Update), should be kept around.
11. Bloatware on Windows 10 and 11.
Removing manufacturer bloatware is a pain in and of itself, but Microsoft also packs a fair amount of its own in the form of Store apps into recent versions of Windows. Thankfully, you can easily uninstall the majority of these pointless programs.
Some of the standard Modern applications, such as Xbox and Weather, are helpful to some users but not to others. Some of them, like Candy Crush Saga, are useless and ought to be deleted.
12. WinRAR.
Although having a file extraction and compression tool on hand is unquestionably helpful, WinRAR is not the best option. Due to the app’s dated “shareware” license, it has started to become a bit of a joke. WinRAR is available for free download as a “trial,” but after using it for a while, it will request payment. However, even if you choose not to pay, the app will never lock you out and you are free to use it indefinitely.
In spite of this, there is no need to use WinRAR. Most people’s needs are met by the free and straightforward 7-Zip tool.

Remove These Programs From Windows.
Because they no longer fulfill any useful purposes, the aforementioned programs are no longer necessary. You can always reinstall anything you uninstall and later realize you need it again. When installing it, just make sure there aren’t any extras included.

It’s a good idea to regularly clean your system to get rid of unnecessary or outdated Windows programs. In addition to removing potential security risks, doing so will probably make your computer run much faster.