1.(n) Software that comes pre-installed on a computer. Bloatware generally comes on a PC made by a major manufacturer (i.e. HP, Dell, Toshiba). Most Bloatware is considered to be a useless piece of software that is intended for no other purpose than taking up hard drive space.

2.(n) Software that comes piggy-backed on other software installations. piggy-backing bloatware usually includes toolbars, desktop widgets or external unrelated applications. Most piggy-backing bloatware can perform a mundane task that is generally non-essential to every day computer use.
1. My brand new laptop came with so much bloatware, it took me over two hours to remove it all.

2. My anti-virus installation came with so much bloatware, I can't even see the desktop.
by Xaurudame July 31, 2012
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A piece of software, hardware or website that attempts to do too much and becomes utterly useless for users. An example of bloatware would be a word processing application that also tries to be your page layout program, drawing tool, and web browser; absorbing half your hard drive and all your RAM in the process.
If it says start in the bottom left corner of your screen, you are using bloatware.
by absolutcamper June 17, 2004
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An excuse for preffering one operating system over another because one cannot find another legitimate excuse to hate on another operating system. the term means "pre-installed companion software" but for some that just means less space on their hard drive and they would rather install the "bloatware" themselves.
Thanks to a lot of tech geek fanboys this word has become one of the biggest examples of semantic satiation in the tech industry. It's been used so much it has become utterly meaningless.
The "what's the best OS of Linux?" debate has been going on for decades now...
Geek 1: I like Debian, but I like Ubuntu more.
Geek 2: Aren't they essentially the same OS?
Geek 1: Yes, Ubuntu is derived from Debian...
Geek 3: I prefer Debian because Ubuntu has too much bloatware.
Geek 1: ......
by thatcrazyguyoverthere March 7, 2014
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