How to use and enable Crapware blocker and Bloatware in Windows Defender


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In this article we’ll show you how to use and enable crapware and bloatware blocker in Windows Defender . But first you explain the difference between the two words.

What is Crapware and Bloatware

The word crapware (APRC = garbage) defines programs that installed on your computer when you try to install other software .

Usually, come with free programs, and although not malware as such, it is annoying that a program is installed on your computer without your consent. Windows Defender can protect against this.

Moreover, blotware (bloat = inflate) are those applications that the manufacturer includes default in the operating system and generally are not used and occupy storage space, so that “inflates” memory. Crapware is sometimes used to refer to the bloatware disparagingly, as it is considered trash.

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 first.

To enable this hidden feature of Windows Defender should use the PowerShell console, so we recommend you to be cautious, because incorrect command could damage the system . With this in mind, follow these steps:

  1. Find PowerShell in Barar search and run it with administrator permissions. Then a window will appear with blue background. This is to differentiate it from the command console (CMD).
  2. To activate the crapware blocker, type the following command: “Set-MpPreference -PUAProtection 1”. Then press the “Enter” key on the keyboard.
  3.  Running command in Powershell

    Since then, the hidden function Windows Defender have turned to lock the crapware. If you disable this feature at any desired time, type the same command substituting “1” for “0”.

    On the other hand, if you want to know if this protection is enabled on your computer, run the following command on the same console PowerShell:

    • ‘$ Preferences = Get-MpPreference “.
    • Then press “Enter” and then run this other command:   “$ Preferences.PUAProtection”.

    If it appears you a ‘1’, it is because the feature is enabled. By contrast, a “0” indicates that it is disabled. Notably not notice that the feature is working until it detects crapware , so it will not add any application to the task bar or anything like that.

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    If you want to expand your protection, we recommend download and install Windows Defender extension in Chrome .

    How to fix the error trying to enable Crapware blocker Windows Defender

    trying to turn this feature on some devices, you will probably trigger an error appears. This is because your PC or laptop does not have this feature . Almost always due to the version of Windows (usually Lite modified versions or eliminate it) or for the update that includes this feature is not installed.

    In the first case, what you should do is change your system to a supported version with crapware blocker Windows Defender. If you can not make the change, the only option you have 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 .

     Error command in Powershell

    In the second case, you just have to download the update in question and go. This feature was included in the actualicación summer 2018. If not you can download, we recommend installing the update Wizard Windows 10 .

    How to remove bloatware on Windows

    Since the bloatware comes preinstalled on your computer, the only way to get rid of it is manually uninstalling . In most cases, simply find the unwanted application in the search bar of Windows, right click on it and select “Uninstall” option. So you can eliminate those preloaded games like Minecraft or CandyCrush.

    However, some Windows system applications (eg Groove Music) also are considered bloatware. These can not be deleted in the traditional way. Rather, you have to use the PowerShell console and remove them from its codename. To do this, do the following:

     Example Powershell command

    1.   In PowerShell, run this command: “Get-AppxPackage name of the program | Remove-AppxPackage “.
    2. Replace «name of the program” by the key code of the application. This is not the same name on the start menu , so you have to look on the web. Some of them are:
      • Groove Music: zunemusic
      • Movies and TV: zunevideo
      • News: bingnews

      If the above method will not work, here you can learn another procedure to uninstall Groove Music from Windows 10 and other bloatware applications.

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      Now that you know how to use and enable Crapware blocker and Bloatware in Windows Defender , you can avoid those pesky garbage programs. In addition, your computer will have extra space. I hope I helped.

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