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HP Stream running Win8.1 w/Bing has arrived loaded with crapware and popups


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#1 Britpoptarts

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:31 PM

Win8.1 is new to me. I've used Win7 at work, but at home I stubbornly stuck with WinXP. So I'm not entirely certain what annoying things are Win8.1 being Win8.1 pre-customization and personalization, and what is malware.

 

I would love a tutorial on how to remove the crap (like McAfee and other programs I will never use and which take up space), how to download clean Chrome and Firefox browsers (I believe previous owner downloaded a crapware-infested Chrome exe, because Binkiland crud and popups are a problem), and a recommendation re: housekeeping tools like Avast! (or whatever you think is even better).

 

If a kind soul has time to help me with this new laptop and get it ready for primetime and decootied, I'd be very grateful. Thanks in advance.



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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:46 PM

I have run AdwCleaner and have the report.



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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:50 PM

PC De-crapifier is a program designed to identify unwanted junk and crap software typically shipped with new computers and provide recommendations on what should be removed.

For other programs you don't recognize or know whether they are worthwhile to keep or be removed, use Should I Remove It?.

Bleeping Computer's Uninstall Programs Database is a place where you can conduct a search of programs. Doing this is a good way to learn for yourself what you have, want or don't need.

The correct way to remove McAfee is through its program folder via Start > All Programs or by Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel, reboot when done, and then run the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR).Note: Sometimes the uninstall works more effectively if you first stop and disable the program's service (and associated processes) or perform the removal in safe mode so there are less processes which can interfere with the uninstallation.

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:01 PM

Thank you! I'll get cracking on your list. Appreciated!



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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:02 PM

The correct way to remove most programs is from within its program group Uninstall shortcut in Start Menu > All Programs or by using Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel, so always check there first. In most cases, using the uninstaller of the software not only removes it more effectively, but it also restores many changed configuration settings.

The same applies to Adware/Junkware/PUPs...it is strongly recommended to deal with it like a legitimate program and uninstall from Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs). After uninstallation, then you can run specialized tools like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, AdwCleaner and JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) to fix any remaining entries they may find. These tools will search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, extensions, add-ons and other junkware as well as related registry entries (values, keys) and remnants. They also remove related files and folders wherever they hide...to include those within the AppData folder and elsewhere.
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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:03 PM

You're welcome.
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Posted 25 February 2015 - 10:35 PM

It is much happier already!



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Posted 26 February 2015 - 04:29 AM

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 04:00 PM

I spoke too soon. Computer greeted me with a new nasty. Every hour or so,  it opens an unclosable (except via Task Manager) IE window to pcbooster.club and so I started a new topic for the new problem (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/568531/hp-stream-running-win81-still-acting-strangely-pcboosterclub-auto-opens-in-ie/)

 

Dadgummit.


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Posted 27 February 2015 - 05:15 PM

Then please continue in that topic.

I am closing this one to avoid confusion.
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