One of the most commonly installed items of crapware - not to mention the most profitable - is antivirus software. Lenovo itself bundled trial versions of McAfee LiveSafe on its PCs. However, given that Windows now includes a free, fully-functional - not to mention excellent - antivirus package, it's wholly unnecessary and nothing more than a cash grab by the OEMs.
Now Lenovo is pledging to give customers a far purer Windows experience.
"We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security software and Lenovo applications," the company said in a statement. "This should eliminate what our industry calls 'adware' and 'bloatware.' For some countries, certain applications customarily expected by users will also be included."