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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by TheShooter93, Dec 25, 2010.

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  1. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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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¬ô 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
     
  2. TerryNet

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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.
     
  3. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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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.
     
  4. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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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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  5. 1002richards

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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
     
  6. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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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.
     
  7. Ent

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    Err, attachment?
     
  8. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  9. 1002richards

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    Thanks for that update.
     
  10. dustyjay

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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.
     
  11. Ent

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    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.
     
  12. dustyjay

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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.
     
  13. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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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.
     
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    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    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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