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Fluff/Ad-ware Removal Tools?


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#1 mr_a

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 11:31 AM

Hello Everyone, 

 

I was just curious if there is a favorite adware/fluffware removal tool (To get all of the factory none-sense that comes with new computers now-a-days off without having to go in by hand and remove each one. )

 

Many thanks, 

 

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 12:08 PM

My recommendations are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Both are highly effective in finding and removing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs - which is what adware and fluffware are) and offers real time protection if upgraded to Premium.

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:03 PM

I've never heard of the term "fluffware" to be honest. People use "bloatware" to describe a manufacturer's OEM software that come preinstalled on a laptop/computer. Some of these software can be useful, while some of them aren't. I usually recommend to look for that specific manufacturer bloatware on ShouldIRemoveIt? to get an overview of what program they bundle, what they do and let the user decide on if he wants to uninstall these programs or not.

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:29 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/pc-decrapifier/

Will allow you to check whatever bloatware you don't want and remove it without using the "one by one" method.

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 04:07 PM

Thanks everyone, I'll give the "decrapifier" a try first.



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 04:38 PM

I forgot to say that I use PC Decrapifier when I reinstall Windows 7 on my HP laptop to get rid of the HP junk and other things I don't want on the laptop.

At least my desktop is a custom built not a Dell, dude so I don't have to put up with bloatware on it.

It can also be used as a stand-alone for uninstalling programs.

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 05:09 PM

Dell and HP have a lot of bloatware, but I keep a few HP related things such as HP Support Center and other diagnostic tools since they can be useful when troubleshooting your system/computer.

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 08:51 AM

I found DeCrapifier to work pretty well as a stand alone uninstaller, but the "auto-detect" feature leaves a bit to be desired. Thanks everyone for the replies!



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Posted 30 January 2015 - 09:00 AM

How many programs weren't detected by the "Auto-detect" feature of PC Decrapifier?

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