Researchers at Avast Threat Labs say that more than 100 different low-cost Android devices from manufacturers like ZTE, Archos, and myPhone come with malware pre-installed. Users in more than 90 countries, including the US, are said to be infected. The good news is there’s a fix.
Sony’s Z3 is a good phone, handicapped with a skinned version of Android that looks dated, and comes with a dump-truck of superfluous crap. Thanks to this quietly-leaked Sony Android Concept, which strips away all the junk and leaves a experience that looks plain fantastic.
For years, Samsung (and other Android manufacturers) have been crapping all over Google’s simple software design with layers of gratuitous bloatware. So, in the proud American tradition, a Chinese consumer protection group is suing Samsung and Oppo for ruining everyone’s lives.
Earlier this week, a Microsoft security researcher wrote a scathing account of how Samsung’s SW Update tool (installed by default on all Samsung PCs) is disabling Windows Update, potentially leaving millions of computers vulnerable to critical security flaws. Thankfully, Samsung’s crack bloatware programmers have seen…
AT&T and security software maker Lookout announced today that, from here on out, all Android phones the carrier sells will come with Lookout's security app pre-installed. Which sounds nice enough, but is really a lousy idea.
You're never going to use the borked trial versions of all these programs that came preinstalled on your new laptop or smartphone, so why should they continue taking up precious hard drive space? Here's how to cut the deadweight out of your operating system.
The best thing about Google's Nexus line is that it's supposed to be Google's pure vision of what an Android phone should be. The reference phone for the HTCs, Motorolas and Samsungs of the world to copy. It's supposed to be clean, set standards and lead the pack. SO WHY THE HELL DOES THE GALAXY NEXUS COME PRELOADED…
Ew. Download.com is making users download new software through a proprietary installer that also installs a bunch of 3rd party programs, ExtremeTech reports. This is pretty gross and dishonest. But really, does Download.com even matter anymore?
Android-based smartphones are falling victim to something that has plagued PC users for years: bloatware.
PC Pro looked into the bloatware included on new laptops by major manufacturers, measuring how memory, HDD space and boot times are negatively effected. And good lord, it's worse than you thought.
No one likes uninstalling bloatware, trialware, and craplets from their freshly unboxed PCs. Microsoft finally acknowledges this by skipping the unnecessary third-party software in Microsoft retail store PCs. That's truly great, but they should do a little more than that.
Sony's bloatware-nuking "Fresh Start" option gets a little bit better every day. Originally, it cost $50 and was only available on their businessy TZ2000. Then it got free. Now Sony says it'll be available for every
computer Vaio TZ by the end of the summer. Hey, maybe next they'll make it the default. Oh yeah, not a…
We all know that bloatware, the crappy, useless software that computer manufacturers load up their new computers with, sucks. It clogs up the pipes and makes your brand new computer run slower right out of the box. Well, Sony feels you. That's why it's offering a new "Fresh Start" option that wipes all the bloatware…
I know were getting nasty about Vista—actually, it's just me, but I speak for the trees, etc.—but this very long article puts that haterage and disappointment into quite a few words.