Crapware vs Shitware - What's the difference?

crapware | shitware | Synonyms |

Crapware is a synonym of shitware.

As nouns the difference between crapware and shitware

is that crapware is unwanted software that comes pre-installed with personal computers while shitware is (computing|derogatory|vulgar) software of exceptionally poor quality.




  • Unwanted software that comes pre-installed with personal computers.
  • * 2008 , "Can Apple's Best Topple the PC Competition?", Maximum PC , Future US, Inc. (ISSN 1522-4279), No. 96, page 26
  • We suspect that its extra pound of heft is made up entirely of crapware'—the Vaio ships with a ludicrous number of useless preinstalled applications. We understand the economic necessities of subsidizing inexpensive PCs with third-party ' crapware , but there's no excuse for whoring out a notebook of this price.
  • * 2009 , Eric Griffith, "Make the Most of Your New PC", PC Mag , Ziff Davis Inc. (ISSN 0888-8507), Volume 28, No. 1, page 68
  • Big-name system vendors typically install software on their consumer PCs at the factory. These "extras" go by many names: bundleware, begware, bloatware, and my favorite, crapware. That's because a lot of it is just that: useless crap. A few vendors, like Sony and Dell, offer some options to avoid crapware , but usually just for small businesses. Boutique manufacturers, like Velocity Micro, do a better job of providing a clean system.
  • * 2011 , Guy Hart-Davis, The Healthy PC: Preventive Care, Home Remedies, and Green Computing, 2nd Edition , McGraw Hill Professional (ISBN 9780071752916)
  • All crapware' programs can be useful—but each program is likely to be useful to only a few of the people the PC manufacturer inflicts it on. The PC manufacturers claim they install ' crapware to provide useful software, but the real reason is that the software companies pay them to include it.
  • * 2012 , Woody Leonhard, Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies , John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 9781118237991)
  • I hate it when the computer I want comes loaded with all that nice, “free” crapware . I'd seriously consider paying more to get a clean computer. You don't need an antivirus and Internet security program preinstalled on your new PC. lt'll just open and beg for money next month. Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender, and it works great — for free. Browser toolbars? Puh-lease.




  • (computing, derogatory, vulgar) Software of exceptionally poor quality.
  • Synonyms

    * cheeseware, coasterware, crapware, crudware