I'd be very pleased with this laptop, except that HP has loaded a multitude of (AOL, Earthlink (two kinds of each), Wildtangent and other) commercial offers on this laptop, and I've been removing them, but it's an enormous pain. Does anyone know of an efficient way to do this? I wandered into the registry, and as I guessed, (for instance) the wildtangent registry was not deleted when I uninstalled the offer that came with my computer. So I've been filtering down the list, checking for things that I know for sure should not be on my computer. I've gotten a bunch of spyware and adware removing programs already.
There's another problem, too: HP has set something somewhere so that whenever I change my homepage, it is reset to the hp website personalized page with their crappy news. I've tried resetting it in the Internet Options section, through (I think it was) SpywareBlaster, and within the registry at the internet explorer startup register, and every time I do it, as soon as I hit "apply" or the equivalent, the home page changes back to their stupid site. Does anyone know how I can fix this? I've found a file at "C:\SWSETUP" called "BrandIt.ini," which contains a lot of default files and things and one of them would appear to be the startpage. Would it help if I posted the file?
While I'm at it, are there any other basic files I should be removing? Anything in particular to watch out for?
Also, can I delete MSMSG in the registry? I've uninstalled it as a windows component, but I'm afraid that M$ has woven it into some other program I use.
P.S. : There's also this program called "Customer Experience Enhancement." Could there possibly be any reason that I should keep this?
P.P.S. : This website is AMAZING. The tweaks and freeware posts alone make it worthwhile.
Edited by caffeine2600, 09 March 2006 - 10:58 PM.