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TheShooter93

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Hey TSG,

Hope everyone is having a great Christmas, and to those than can assist me, thank you.

I have received an HP laptop for Christmas, but unfortunately it has a lot of bloatware on it. Could someone please tell me what is "safe" to remove and what isn't?

Also, I have a fingerprint scanner installed, but I would like to remove the software for it. The reason being is that the fingerprint scanner has its own User Profile. Odd, I know, but it is annoying to someone who needs their PC to be "just so." If there's any known way to remove it without removing the software, I'm up for that too.

But anyway, I have the HijackThis log below of all the items in my Add or Remove Programs list. Specifications on the laptop are listed in the appropriate spot by clicking the computer icon next to me name.

Acrobat.com
ActiveCheck component for HP Active Support Library
Adobe AIR
Adobe AIR
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
Adobe Reader 9.3 MUI
Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5
AIM 7
Apple Application Support
Apple Software Update
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
Bing Bar
Bing Bar Platform
Blackhawk Striker 2
Build-a-lot 2
CamStudio
Chuzzle Deluxe
CinemaNow Media Manager
Cool Timer 3.7
CyberLink DVD Suite
CyberLink DVD Suite
D3DX10
Debut Video Capture Software
Diner Dash 2 Restaurant Rescue
Dora's Carnival Adventure
Download Updater (AOL LLC)
DVD Menu Pack for HP MediaSmart Video
DVD Menu Pack for HP MediaSmart Video
Electric Sheep 2.7b28
Energy Star Digital Logo
Escape Rosecliff Island
ESU for Microsoft Windows 7
FATE
Final Drive Nitro
FREE Hi-Q Recorder 1.92
Heroes of Hellas 2 - Olympia
HiJackThis
HP Advisor
HP Customer Experience Enhancements
HP Documentation
HP DVB-T TV Tuner 8.0.64.43
HP Game Console
HP Games
HP MediaSmart CinemaNow 2.0
HP MediaSmart DVD
HP MediaSmart DVD
HP MediaSmart Music
HP MediaSmart Music
HP MediaSmart Photo
HP MediaSmart Photo
HP MediaSmart Video
HP MediaSmart Video
HP MediaSmart Webcam
HP MediaSmart Webcam
HP MediaSmart/TouchSmart Netflix
HP Photo Creations
HP Power Manager
HP Quick Launch
HP Setup
HP Software Framework
HPAsset component for HP Active Support Library
IDT Audio
Intel(R) Control Center
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
Intel(R) Management Engine Components
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology
Java(TM) 6 Update 22
Jewel Quest 3
Jewel Quest Solitaire 2
Junk Mail filter update
LabelPrint
LabelPrint
LightScribe System Software
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
ManyCam 2.6.25 (remove only)
Microsoft Default Manager
Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition [ENU]
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.17
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148
Microsoft WSE 3.0 Runtime
Movie Theme Pack for HP MediaSmart Video
Movie Theme Pack for HP MediaSmart Video
Mozilla Firefox (3.6.12)
MSVCRT
MSVCRT_amd64
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
Penguins!
PhotoNow!
PhotoNow!
Plants vs. Zombies
Poker Superstars III
Polar Bowler
Polar Golfer
Power2Go
Power2Go
PowerDirector
PowerDirector
QuickTime
Ralink RT3090 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter
Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver For Windows 7
Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader
Recovery Manager
Revo Uninstaller 1.90
RocketDock 1.3.5
Roxio CinemaNow 2.0
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2160841)
Skype Toolbars
Skype™ 5.0
TeamViewer 6
Times Reader
Times Reader
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2473228)
Virtual Families
Virtual Villagers - The Secret City
Wheel of Fortune 2
Windows Live Communications Platform
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Installer
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Movie Maker
Windows Live Movie Maker
Windows Live Photo Common
Windows Live Photo Common
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Live PIMT Platform
Windows Live SOXE
Windows Live SOXE Definitions
Windows Live Sync
Windows Live UX Platform
Windows Live UX Platform Language Pack
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer Resources
Zuma Deluxe
 

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Congratulations on being such a good boy that Santa brought you a very nice computer. :D Wait, I meant to say young man. :)

I think you can make many of those decisions yourself, and ask about specific ones you aren't sure about. Almost everything listed there is "safe" to uninstall--unless of course you use it.

Many people use PC Decrapifier for assistance on this task.

I don't know anything about the fingerprint scanners.
 

TheShooter93

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Thanks for your help TerryNet. Yes, a lot of the things I could probably decide for myself, it was mostly the fingerprint scanner I was wondering about. Maybe someone else will have an idea.

As for tonight, I'm going to look over that list and uninstall whatever I'm fairly certain I don't need. Make the "final touches" to this thing that I've been working on all day. :D

And as for being a "good young man for Santa", yes, I'm glad I got this as well. ;) I'm going to need it for college in the fall.
 

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I have attached the new log since I realized how ridiculously long they are. :D

Wasn't able to remove as much as I had hoped I would be able to, but at least a lot of it is off.

I kept the LightScribe System Software because I'm interested to know if that will actually enable me to light-scribe onto CD's I own. If there is anyone familiar with this software that can tell me, please let me know.

Same goes for the fingerprint scanner software.
 

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Hi TheShooter93,

I'd be interested to know what HP progs you removed. My daughter has a new HP Netbook & there's a lot of HP stuff that runs on startup so your results will be of interest.

Thanks
Richard
 

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I edited my last post in order to attach the Add or Remove Programs list. Apparently I forgot to attach it last time. :D

The original list is the one I posted here, the attached is what I have left installed on the PC.
 

TheShooter93

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Err, attachment?
It's now attached in post #4.

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There's probably some other things that I should uninstall, so if you spot any, please let me know.

But you can assume things like AIM, Skype, etc., I intend to use.
 

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A point to remember that if you ever have to do a Factory Restore, all the Bloatware (I call it Crapware) returns.
 

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A point to remember that if you ever have to do a Factory Restore, all the Bloatware (I call it Crapware) returns.
By which logic the first thing you should do once to get rid of said bloatware is create a full disk image of your drive. Then it's gone for good.
 

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I agree with Ent, however I take it one step further, I get all the needed drivers from the manufacturers website, then do a clean install of Windows (not the OEM Version but a retail copy), then when the computer is up and running with all drivers and updates running properly I image the hard drive. Then after that I make periodic a separate Incremental image of the drive with up to date data.
 

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All of these are very good ideas. I'll definitely take them into consideration, and hope my better half (the half that isn't lazy) realizes I should take your advice. :D

On another note though, unfortunately, this computer came with no System Recovery CD or OEM version of Windows 7. I assume I either have a Recovery Drive or can make a Recovery CD using an application on the computer.
 

TheShooter93

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I understand that those disks will generally restore your system to how it was at the time of purchase, bloatware included.
Yes, they will do just that. But if things get bad enough that I'd have to do a System Recovery, I wouldn't mind having to take an extra 20 minutes to uninstall some software.

But maybe that's just because I don't know how to "image the harddrive" other than by using System Restore.

Also, that "Recovery Manager" was just the thing I was looking for. Thanks for the link. :)
 
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