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Questions tagged [bloatware]

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

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Is it possible to offload \winsxs\ to a usb flash drive? [duplicate]

My 277GB Laptop C:\ drive is being gobbled up by Windows7. Windows folder takes 80% of the disc (Treesize). Running the OS from a USB stick is a bad idea (SE forums writer/s). Only 15% of the disc is ...
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Remove Sticky Bloatware in Windows 10

Few days back, I installed a software and I do not remember its name on my Windows 10 PC. It showed some error during installation so I immediately removed it. Since then I am seeing a big square ...
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Remove pre-installed apps (Candy Crush, Bubble Witch Saga, March of Empires) from Windows 10

I've been trying to remove Windows 10 Bloatware including Candy Crush Saga, Bubble Witch Saga, and Minecraft. First, I tried simply uninstalling them, but the folders for these apps are not being ...
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Does Windows 10 Pro N not include Microsoft bloatware like Candy Crush?

I installed a both Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 N Pro. According to Microsoft The "N" editions of Windows 10 include the same functionality as other editions of Windows 10 except for media-...
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How to install Intel wireless drivers without the extra bloatware?

How to install just the 7260 WiFi drivers on Windows 7? I tried unchecking the "Intel ProSet Wireless bloatware" option at the setup stage, and only check the WiFi link driver, but it's still getting ...
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Cygwin… achieve a more reasonable installation?

I had seen this question from 2015 about a "minimal" Cygwin installation. My main use for Cygwin is (currently at least) essentially git and a few very standard bash commands. I didn't know how I ...
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Stop Candy Crush (and other bloatware) from automatically installing every time I start my system

I recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creator's Update) on my MacBook Pro 2016. Of course it has to come with some bloatware that I don't need such as Candy Crush. Before on my ...
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How to prevent Windows Update from reinstalling bloatware? [duplicate]

Apparently sometimes a Windows Update includes reinstalling Bloatware such as Candy Crush Saga. Is there any way to prevent this from happening instead of having to manually remove everything again ...
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Why is McAfee pre-installed after resetting my PC?

I have a Dell Inspiration 15 laptop. The computer was acting slow, so I used Windows 10's built in recovery tools to reset my copy of Windows to a clean slate. Just a few hours after resetting, I ...
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Is Windows 10 Creators ISO bundled with Keeper Password Manager app?

I downloaded Windows 10 Pro with Creators Update (version 1703) ISO from Microsoft's website. After performing a 64-bit clean installation, I discovered "Keeper Password Manager" in the list of ...
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What does “ColorEngine” software do on Samsung laptops?

I bought a new Samsung laptop. When I booted the first time, I noticed that it had a lot of pre-installed stuff. I removed what seemed to be disposable. However, when I use something like Geek ...
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Accidentally removed ATK package from ASUS FX502VM, keyboard backlight not working, can't reinstall

I recently bought an ASUS FX502VM, and it was loaded to the brim with crapware. I immediately downloaded Decrapifier and ran it, and I believe I accidentally removed the ATK package, and now my ...
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Chrome 100% CPU usage, again - software_reporter_tool.exe

software_reporter_tool.exe belonging to Chrome running at 100% cpu, fan full speed. Deleting it doesn't fix anything, because it gets redownloaded again! Disabling "Protect me from bla bla" doesn't ...
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How to prevent preloaded apps from being reinstalled when creating new user?

I am running Windows 8.1 (SL with Bing edition) on an Acer Aspire ES1 netbook. Acer preloads several apps on this netbook (e.g. WildTangent games, Pokki start menu), which is fine. I can remove them. ...
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Which software is safe to remove from a ThinkPad? [closed]

So Lenovo is known for installing a lot of software on their computers, and unfortunately I have some of this on mine. This is a list of what I might want to remove from my computer. My question is, ...
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Troubling in setting IE homepage

I am having trouble in changing IE homepage. Everytime I change my home page to google.com or default it changes my home page into annoying one called http://go.speedbit.com/?pid=s What the heck this? ...
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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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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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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]

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 now. It claims to install all drivers ...
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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: http://www.softwareishard.com/blog/firebug/firebug-extension-firequery-jquery-development/?...
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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 stuff. Is it possible to identify ...
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Extracting basic drivers from bloated installers

I'm looking for a way to extract the necessary drivers from bloated manufacturer installs, specifically printer installers. I tried Universal Extractor to no avail on some of these. I don't need ...
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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 every ...
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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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Is there a way for a “drivers only” installation for HP printer?

I just purchased my HP Officejet 4500 printer, launched the installation from the CD, and installed the "minimum installation" mode. It installed software for 430 MB, installed Yahoo toolbar, and ...
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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 the ...
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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 ...