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Is it safe to remove software from the PC manufacturer


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#1 fs.dolphin

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:01 AM

Hi,
 
I recently had to reformat my computer to the factory defaults, on my case it’s a Toshiba. After re-installing the operating system I went to the ”Programs and Features” panel to remove any trial programs and I was shocked when I saw about 10 different programs/utilities from Toshiba,  I went ahead and removed the common trial programs that usually come in a new pc such as, Office, Norton etc. but left anything that says Toshiba since it is the manufacturer of the laptop and I didn’t know to what extent they modify the OS, which is basically my question.
 
1- To what extent does a PC manufacturer modifies the OS (Windows), if any?
2- Can I safely remove any programs from the pc manufacturer without corrupting the OS?
3- What could be considered the default Windows 7 programs that typically show in the ”Programs and Features” panel?
 
Thanks a lot
 


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:14 AM

Yes & No!  You need to take care and ask lots of questions many items are woven ito the system, take your time so you get it right.  You will probably do it a few times ove the life of the system as junk sneaks in.  Check post below for more.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/525857/windows-7-task-bar/

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:39 AM

Please post the names of the Toshiba entries. Generally most of it can be uninstalled without harming your system. A couple of years ago I restored my daughter's Toshiba to factory condition and uninstalled Toshiba bloatware.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:41 AM

Yes & No!  You need to take care and ask lots of questions many items are woven ito the system, take your time so you get it right.  You will probably do it a few times ove the life of the system as junk sneaks in.  Check post below for more.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/525857/windows-7-task-bar/

 

Phil

Thanks for the link.

 

 

Please post the names of the Toshiba entries. Generally most of it can be uninstalled without harming your system. A couple of years ago I restored my daughter's Toshiba to factory condition and uninstalled Toshiba bloatware.

I will post a print screen when I get home.

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:48 AM

What specific programs?

 

Are you referring to items listed in Add/Remove Programs?

 

My general answer would be...it's a matter of trial-and-error, with the caveat being that...before uninstalling anything, I would ensure that I have the capability of restalling it.

 

Interesting, IMO

 

FWIW , I personally would not include Ccleaner as a recommended application (it removes dump files and has a registry cleaner function within it), but that's just me.  For that matter, I would not recommend any of those apps because I have no experience with such.  Info is provided "as is", not a recommendation.

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 09:18 AM

@hamluis

Yes, I'm referring to  programs listed in the Add/Remove Programs panel.

 

​Interesting article.

 

@hamluis - What do you usually do when you get a new PC loaded with crapware? Leave it there and have a slow computer for ever or you simply buy a new Windows license and re-install from there?

 

Thanks


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:09 AM

 

@hamluis - What do you usually do when you get a new PC loaded with crapware? Leave it there and have a slow computer for ever or you simply buy a new Windows license and re-install from there?

 

Oddly enough...I have a Samsung laptop (305E4a) but I hardly ever power it on (I have 2 desktops and the laptop).  Had it a couple of years and I haven't done anything to it other than to connect it into my home network and move data files to it.

 

If it were the only system I have available...I'd probably leave it as is.  I don't get excited over how fast my systems run or don't run...I'm just grateful that they work properly :).  I don't game, I don't work (I'm retired)...so there is no reason for me to put a premium on how fast my systems do what they do...and the items on the laptop which might be removed...I have no reason to be concerned about such.

 

I generally do not buy OEM systems, unless it's for friends.  I prefer desktops and I prefer to assemble them myself.

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:26 AM

Thank you for your help.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:12 PM

I recommend using PC De-crapifier which removes common trial and promotional software, Toolbars and junk programs often installed on a new computer by OEMs. It is mentioned in the link provided by hamluis.
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Posted 28 February 2014 - 04:25 PM

First of all thank you all for the good suggestions.

 

I tried PC De-crapifier but I found ShoudIremoveit a better option in my opinion.

 

http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/ 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:23 PM

You can uninstall the software but if it is your driver related software is their then ignore to uninstall. 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:35 PM

First of all thank you all for the good suggestions.
 
I tried PC De-crapifier but I found ShoudIremoveit a better option in my opinion.

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