Software bloat is a term used to describe the tendency of newer computer programs to have a larger installation footprint, or have many unnecessary features that are not used by end users, or just generally use more system resources than necessary, while offering little or no benefit to its users. Bloatware is the term used by software enthusiasts to describe programs that companies pay the PC manufacturers to install on your new PC. Typically, they are demo and free-trial versions of the actual software. Most new computers come with bloatware pre-installed. There are many reasons why your new computer might be slow, such as insufficient memory or lack of processor power, but the majority of problems can be traced back to the installed bloatware. Bloatware can increase startup and shutdown times and slow down your new computer by increasing background disk activity which promotes system lag and greatly reduces battery life if the system can never reach an idle state.