Bloatware is unnecessary software that is added to an otherwise desirable program's installation profile

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Downloading software without bloatware

From time to time, I find myself needing a piece of software to perform a specific task. Download.com (CNET) used to be a good site. But now, I find that they bundle a lot of "evilware", i.e. ...
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Windows 8 System32 Config is taking over 100 GB of a 150 GB partition… What can I do?

Well, its been getting worse and worse, but this just blows my mind... How the hell am I supposed to run my computer, when windows 8 insists on taking up over 2/3 of the drive? I did an ...
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How to fix Crapware font on PC

I accidentally installed a piece of crapware using something called Rocketfuel. Now, a lot of sites have the same font as the installer did: How can I return the font to arial?
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Antivirus scanner that actually scans files when run manually instead of taking over your computer and feeding on it [closed]

In the old days, antivirus programs were actually programs which you had to run and point to a disk or a file that needed to be scanned. They did their thing, and reported if the file is infected. Is ...
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How to enable Flash player in Opera without installing the Adobe bloatware

I just want to be able to play Youtube videos in Opera 12. I copied np32dsw.dll in Program Files/Opera/program/plugins but it still says missing plugin :( Is there any way to install the Flash ...
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Asus overscroll effect and multitasking

I just bought an Asus S400ca, and there is an bounce overscroll effect that i don't like, and when i use the 3 up fingers gesture, there is an OSX like multitasking, instead of the ALT + TAB ui, like ...
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How can I prevent McAfee Security Scan from being installed, bundled with other apps?

Much like Ask Toolbar is bundled with Java (and other applications), I've encountered several instances of applications bundling, and luring the user into installing, McAfee Security Scan. Adobe, I'm ...
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Any way to get a lighter install of the NVidia driver?

This is the official download page. Currently the download is around 200 MB. I really doubt that the a video driver can take that much space, but let's say it does. After install at least 1 GB of ...
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Is there a reverse “De-crapify” type software

I'm looking into setting up a test environment for my software that would mimic a user's setup. This means a computer setup with a ton of adware, pop-ups, McAffee, and the like. Is there an automated ...
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Is DriverPack Solution trustworthy? [closed]

Let me get to the question directly. Is DriverPackSolution trustworthy? I had used it to install my laptop drivers a year ago. It worked and I didn't care whether it was trustworthy or not, until ...
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Unwise to uninstall HP Support Assistant?

I have a HP Windows 7 machine, and just like most computers it comes with a bunch of preinstalled software that I guess is supposed to make life easier for you somehow. However, not all people are ...
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How to uninstall adware?

I downloaded this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/firequery/ after reading this article: ...
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How do you remove bloatware from an unusable PC?

The machine is an el-cheapo Win8 with 4gb ram from HP. While I have seen this machine in popup hell all I've managed to do is get logged back out before the desktop became useable. I figured it was ...
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Removing Wild Tangent metro apps from Windows 8

I just got a new Windows 8 computer and I uninstalled the 'Wild Tangent' application that came with the computer, however, on the start page, I still see 'All Casual Games', 'All Kids Games', etc and ...
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Define what gets shown on “New Tab” in Firefox 22

Some crapware has installed itself into my system and has "infected" all my browsers. I've been able to reset all the home pages and search providers to what I want - but in Firefox (v22), I'm still ...
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Removing FLEXnet Connect Update Manager

Do you know how can I remove this unwanted software? Status line says copyright Acresso Software and or InstallShield. From the folder in ProgramData I understand it is version 11.
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How I can identify the packer which was used for creation of some crapware installer bundles (setup.exe)

A lot of so called "freeware" bundle installers contains one or more unwanted disgusting crapware components like the evil ask toolbar or other similar hexadecimal shit. Is it possible to identify the ...
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How can I stop Windows 8 from installing nVidia software?

Windows 8 is installing NVIDIA's bloated driver software packages on start-up. A number of negative responses to this question have shown misunderstands about the differences between the core drivers ...
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How can I prevent Ask.com Toolbar from being installed every time Java is updated?

As many are painfully aware of, Oracle continues to not only bundle the Java installation with the useless Internet browser toolbar from Ask.com, but also enable its installation by default. In ...
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What exactly does Adobe Switchboard do?

I hate bloatware, but I needed Adobe to sign PDFs and edit Illustrator files. UPDATE: I now sign PDFs with pdfescape.com if I don't care about the digital signature, and I edit (simple) Illustrator ...
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Uninstalling Visual Studio 2010 components

I installed the Professional edition of Visual Studio, asking for just the C# package. The program ended up installing all of the following: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Data-Tier Application ...
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Windows 8 Licensing on new PCs - can I wipe the HDD?

I read that new Windows 8 PCs don't have the COD with the serial on the bottom, and I wonder if this is gonna causing problems on reinstallation. Usually when I have a new PC, this is what I do: ...
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Google Apps Sync bloated PST file to 14GB

Back story: I have Outlook connected to my Google Apps email and noticed that some mail never got migrated from my original PST file. I found some VBA code online that compares mail in different PST ...
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Unknown top level window

After several months (years?) of bending myself backwards and almost going crazy I fall back to the only place I believe there could be and answer... I've had the following top level window showing ...
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Babylon malware [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I hope someone can help. Babylon Search BS malware got installed on my firefox browser. I have followed ...
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Word 2007 file too big

I have this novel I'm formatting. It has 37 images, most of them greyscale. They are all under 100 kb each. Most of them are under 50 kb. So I already know it's NOT the images. It's. Not. The. Images. ...
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Crapware blocker for Windows [closed]

Is there a program that runs in a background and prevents installation of crapware (browser toolbars is the first thing that comes to mind)?
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Where are those crapware desktop icons located?

My new Acer Aspire One netbook came pre-installed with Windows 7 Starter and lots of other promotional software. Some of them (like Norton and McAfee) I uninstalled immediately. Others (like the ...
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How to perform a clean install of Windows 7 on New Netbook without CD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install Windows 7 from USB I got a new netbook which came pre-installed with Windows 7 Starter and full of promotional crapware. I am interested in somehow extracting ...
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Installed babylon in Firefox, now I can't get rid of it

While installing Digsby (an IM client) I accidentally installed the Babylon toolbar for Firefox. This was one version of Firefox ago and it didn't go away still (I had 3.5, and installed 4 and it ...
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How do I get rid of this and other fugitive bloatware on Windows 7?

I connected my digital camera to my new HP dv7 laptop and Snapfish came up and offered to move all the photos to the pc and to their service. This tells me that Snapfish is installed at least to some ...
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How can I stop the ads appearing on my desktop?

I just bought an HP Windows 7 workstation. Every time I boot up the machine a series of ads appears on my desktop. For example, right now I have "HP Protection Advisory. Never lose an important file ...
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Installing Windows 7 manually with new laptops

I've purchased a few laptops that only come with Restore partitions. I can buy restore media (which I can create myself), but they will not provide an actual Windows 7 DVD. The brands are Lenovo, ...
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How to remove ScanSoft SSBkgdUpdate.exe for good?

On Windows 7, SSBkgdUpdate.exe pops up every time a non-admin user logs in, asking for the admin password. This is the auto-updater for ScanSoft PaperPort 11. I tried to zap it by deleting the ...
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Reinstalling Windows 7 (Removing Bloatware)

Hey everyone. I have the following problem, I recently bought a new laptop (a Lenovo Ideapad) and it seems as if it came without a Windows 7 Installation disk (though it is on the laptop). The problem ...
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Is Lojack preinstalled on Dell's laptops?

I'm looking at buying a Dell Studio 15 or similar. Unfortunately, they all seem to come with Lojack software included and no option to take it out of the build. I really do not want this software ...
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How can I remove bloatware Acer includes in Windows 7?

I bought an Acer laptop with Windows 7 At first I just installed Linux on it, but I need to run some Windows software and test websites in IE. I could remove all the crap by hand, but is there a ...
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What are some tips on reducing the disk space used by Windows 7?

Does anyone have any tips on reducing the space used by Windows 7? So far I've got: Empty Recycle Bin Run Disk Cleanup Wizard Use 'Programs & Features' control panel to uninstall unneeded ...
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Is it possible to download minimal drivers on Windows, without the extra software packages?

The situation in all its glory: 30 megs for ATIs' "Display Driver Only". Almost 100 megs for NVidias' GeForce/Ion bloatware. 300 megs for an HP printer driver with immense amount of crap 30 megs ...
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Remove junk applications from new computer en masse with tracking

How do I remove those pesky junk programs typically associated with a new computer? Going through Add/Remove Programs in the control panel seems very slow as it is only allowing me to uninstall one ...
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Laptop de-crappifying

I'm getting a new laptop soon (Dell XPS) and was wondering if there was an efficient method for removing all the pre-installed crap that is so common on new prebuilt machines. Looking for answers ...
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Why is ccmexec thrashing my disk?

I run continously run Serious Samurize to show graphs of CPU, disk and network usage. Occasionally I see that my E: drive (a hard disk with no system files on it, only data) is thrashing away when it ...
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Excel file suddenly 35MB?

What could cause a 945KB Excel file to grow to 35MB without any warnings? Tips: There are table formattings that converted ranges to Tables and I converted them back to Range. Can it be that? ...
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How do I Install Flash Player 10 without Adobe Download Manager?

How do I get Flash Player 10 (on Firefox) without installing the Adobe Download Manager?
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How to use tilt wheel on Logitech mouse without installing bloated drivers

I recently bought a new mouse (a Logitech LX7), and the tilt wheel (left/right) doesn't work. I went to their website to install drivers, and halted when I saw the 60MB download... Is there any way ...
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Mass Uninstalling

Just been working on a new laptop today (Acer) and it was pre-installed with all sorts of crapware. Mostly games and "backup utilities" and McAfee. I had to manually uninstall about 30 apps via ...