I hadn't used the HP Split x 2 tablet for more than a week and a half. When I exit, I simply close the lid & put it away. I recently opened it and noticed "Apps Removed While Refreshing Your PC.html" on the desktop. It used the Opera icon, likely because Opera was the default browser. But it wouldn't open, nor would Opera. It seems that this refreshing uninstalled Opera browser. I opened this with Firefox and found the list of removed programs:
Apps removed while refreshing your PC
Amazon Services LLC
Apple Application Support (64-bit)
Apple Mobile Device Support
Broadcom 802.11 Wireless LAN Adapter
Broadcom Bluetooth Drivers
Cyberfox Web Browser
DisplayLink Core Software
Host App Service
HP Utility Center
Intel® Management Engine Components
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Intel® Serial IO
Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.17
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.6161
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable - 10.0.40219
Task Catcher 2.2.2015.0
Windows Driver Package - Dynastream Innovations, Inc. ANT LibUSB Drivers (04/11/2012 220.127.116.11)
Dynastream Innovations, Inc.
Windows Driver Package - Silicon Labs Software (DSI_SiUSBXp_3_1) USB (02/06/2007 3.1)
Silicon Labs Software
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10:35 PM
WTH? I Googled refreshing, and found nothing on machine-initiated refreshing. All the results were about the human user initiating refreshing. I have Windows Update set to automatically install updates, but this is more than an update. How did this happen?
It wasn't even malware which was removed. Programs which came with the tablet were removed. Microsoft's own programs were removed. Even Amazon music was removed! What's wrong with Amazon music? And what did it have against Opera browser? Nothing but dregs are left from Opera, it even shows in add/remove programs, but nothing happens when I try and uninstall it.
Also, some of the programs on the list are links. Why some but not others? I haven't used Cyberfox in almost a year, yet it has a link.
Are any of these removed programs, such as the Intel ones which came with the tablet, necessary?
The HP Split x 2 came with Windows 7, then lived happily with 8 before 10 took over.
Does anyone know what's going on here? Thanks in advance!