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How to know what programs are relevant and if not, can i delete them?

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#1 Pandafan


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:05 PM

I printed a list of all the programs on my computer. I want to know what programs are mandatory to keep my computer running and what is deletable? Deletable would be like Aim or Antivirus software.

The reason I'm asking is because I have a lot Microsoft programs on my computer and I'm just wondering if they are mandatory to keep since I'm lagging a lot cause of it. Also there seems to duplicate of them so I want to get rid of some.

Here's the list.... (got if from CCleaner)
Apple Application Support Apple Inc. 1/13/2012 66.7 MB 2.1.6
Bonjour Apple Inc. 1/13/2012 1.26 MB
Canon i320 4/6/2012
CCleaner Piriform 4/6/2012 3.14
DivX Web Player DivX,Inc. 4/6/2012 1.4.0
Foxit Reader 5.1 Foxit Corporation 12/25/2011
GPS Image Tracker Sony Corporation 1/19/2008
iTunes Apple Inc. 1/13/2012 192.8 MB
Java™ 6 Update 22 Oracle 1/31/2012 97.1 MB 6.0.220
Java™ 6 Update 30 Oracle 4/22/2011 96.9 MB 6.0.300
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 Microsoft Corporation 2/24/2012 187.1 MB 2.2.30729
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 Microsoft Corporation 2/24/2012 207 MB 3.2.30729
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Microsoft Corporation 2/24/2012
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile Microsoft Corporation 11/19/2011 4.0.30319
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Extended Microsoft Corporation 11/19/2011 4.0.30319
Microsoft Base Smart Card Cryptographic Service Provider Package Microsoft Corporation 3/24/2012
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP Microsoft Corporation 6/23/2007 1
Microsoft Silverlight Microsoft Corporation 4/1/2012 116.4 MB 4.1.10111.0
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0 Microsoft Corporation 6/23/2007
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148 Microsoft Corporation 1/31/2012 10.5 MB 9.0.30729.4148
Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 Microsoft Corporation 11/20/2011 9.27 MB 4.0.20823.0
Mozilla Firefox 11.0 (x86 en-US) Mozilla 4/6/2012 11.0
OpenOffice.org 3.3 OpenOffice.org 1/31/2012 402 MB 3.3.9567
Picture Package Music Transfer Sony Corporation 1/19/2008
Pidgin 4/6/2012 2.10.1
Realtek AC'97 Audio Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 2/6/2007 5.18
SBC Yahoo! DSL Home Networking Installer 4/6/2012
Sony Picture Utility Sony Corporation 1/19/2008
Sony USB Driver
VIA Rhine-Family Fast Ethernet Adapter
VLC media player 1.1.11 VideoLAN 4/6/2012 1.1.11
Windows Installer 3.1 (KB893803) Microsoft Corporation 3/24/2012 3.1
Windows Internet Explorer 8 Microsoft Corporation 8/24/2011 20090308.140743
Windows Media Format 11 runtime 4/6/2012
Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin Microsoft Corp 12/28/2010 0.30 MB
ZoneAlarm Anti-virus Zone Labs, Inc 4/6/2012 6.5.737.000

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:31 PM

What catches my eye are

Java™ 6 Update 22 Oracle 1/31/2012 97.1 MB 6.0.220
Java™ 6 Update 30 Oracle 4/22/2011 96.9 MB 6.0.300

They are outdated
Important Note: Your version of Java is out of date. Older versions have vulnerabilities that malicious sites can use to exploit and infect your system.Please follow these steps to remove older version Java components and update:
  • Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 7 and save it to your desktop.
  • Look for "Java Platform, Standard Edition".
  • Click the "Download JRE" button to the right.
  • Read the License Agreement, and then check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".
  • From the list, select your OS and Platform (32-bit or 64-bit).
  • If a download for an Offline Installation is available, it is recommended to choose that and save the file to your desktop.
  • Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
Go to Posted Image > Control Panel, double-click on Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features in Vista/Windows 7 and remove all older versions of Java.
  • Check (highlight) any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
  • Click the Remove or Change/Remove button and follow the onscreen instructions for the Java uninstaller.
  • Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
  • Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
  • Then from your desktop double-click on jre-7u3-windows-i586.exe (or jre-7u3-windows-x64.exe for 64-bit) to install the newest version.
  • If using Windows 7 or Vista and the installer refuses to launch due to insufficient user permissions, then Run As Administrator.
  • When the Java Setup - Welcome window opens, click the Install > button.
  • If offered to install a Toolbar, just uncheck the box before continuing unless you want it.
  • The McAfee Security Scan Plus tool is installed by default unless you uncheck the McAfee installation box when updating Java.
Note: The Java Quick Starter (JQS.exe) adds a service to improve the initial startup time of Java applets and applications but it's not necessary.
To disable the JQS service if you don't want to use it:
  • Go to Start > Control Panel > Java > Advanced > Miscellaneous and uncheck the box for Java Quick Starter.
  • Click Ok and reboot your computer.

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#3 Pandafan

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:48 AM

thank you. I was also wondering if I could do that to the Microsoft Framework because there are so many of them. Can I just delete them?

Edit: Deleted unnecessary quote, to be more dialup friendly, and reduce forum post clutter. ~ Animal

#4 leonidus2012


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:18 PM

All versions of microsoft NET is needed.

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