In this article we will teach you how to use and enable the crapware and bloatware blocker in Windows Defender . But first we will explain the difference between the two words.
What is Crapware and Bloatware
The word crapware (crap = garbage) defines those programs that are installed on your computer when you try to install other types of software .
They are usually included in free programs, and although it is not malware as such, it is annoying for a program to install itself on your computer without your consent. Windows Defender can protect you against this.
On the other hand, blotware (bloat = inflate) are those applications that the manufacturer includes by default in the operating system and that generally are not used and take up storage space, so they “inflate” the memory. Crapware is sometimes used to refer to bloatware in a derogatory way, as it is considered junk.
How to enable Crapware blocker in Windows Defender
Knowing what we mean when we talk about crapware and bloatware, it’s time to show you how to defend yourself against the former.
To enable this hidden Windows Defender function you must use the PowerShell console, so we recommend that you be cautious, as an incorrect command could damage the system . With this clear, follow these steps:
- Search for PowerShell in the search bar and run it with administrator permissions. Next, a window with a blue background will appear. This to differentiate it from the command console (CMD).
- To activate the crapware blocker, type the following command: “Set-MpPreference -PUAProtection 1”. Then press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
From then on, you will have Windows Defender’s hidden feature enabled to block crapware. If at any time you want to disable this feature, write the same command replacing the “1” with a “0”.
On the other hand, if you want to know if this protection is enabled on your computer, run the following command in the same PowerShell console:
- “$ Preferences = Get-MpPreference”.
- Then press “Enter” and then execute this other command: “$ Preferences.PUAProtection”.
If you get a “1”, it is because the function is enabled. Conversely, a “0” indicates that it is disabled. It should be noted that you will not notice that the function is working until it detects crapware , so it will not add any application to the taskbar or anything like that.
If you want to extend your protection, we recommend downloading and installing the Windows Defender extension in Chrome .
How to fix error when trying to enable Windows Defender’s Crapware blocker
When trying to activate this feature on some devices, you may get an activation error. This happens because your PC or laptop does not have this feature . It is almost always due to the version of Windows (usually the Lite or modified versions remove it) or the update that includes this feature is not installed.
In the first case, what you should do is change your system to a version compatible with the Windows Defender crapware blocker. If you can’t make the change, the only option left is to download an antivirus that has this type of protection. To do this, you can see our list of the best free and paid antivirus for PC .
In the second case, you just have to download the update in question and that’s it. This feature was included in the Summer 2018 update. If you can’t download it, we recommend installing the Windows 10 Update Wizard .
How to remove bloatware in Windows
Since bloatware comes pre-installed on your computer, the only way to get rid of it is to uninstall it manually . In most cases, you just need to search for the unwanted application in the Windows search bar, right-click on it and select the “Uninstall” option. So you can remove those pre-installed games, like Minecraft or CandyCrush.
However, some Windows system applications (eg Groove Music) are also considered bloatware. These cannot be removed in the traditional way. Rather, you will have to use the PowerShell console and delete them based on their codename. To do this, do the following:
- In PowerShell, run this command: “Get-AppxPackage program name | Remove-AppxPackage ».
- Replace “program name” with the keycode of the application in question. This is not the same name that appears in the start menu , so you will have to search the web for it. Some of them are:
- Groove Music: zunemusic
- Movies and TV: zunevideo
- News: bingnews
If the above method didn’t work for you, here you can learn another procedure to uninstall Groove Music from Windows 10 , as well as other bloatware apps.
Now that you know how to use and enable the Crapware and Bloatware blocker in Windows Defender , you can avoid those annoying junk programs. In addition, your computer will have extra space. We hope we have helped you.