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Definition: shovelware

The many "extra" programs pre-installed on some PCs that offer little value (they are "shoveled" in without regard to quality). Also called "crapware," shovelware is geared to first-time buyers, who think they are getting more for their money. The term first appeared in the mid-1990s when tons of shareware programs were copied onto CD-ROMs and advertised in magazines or sold at computer flea markets. See wares.