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#1 KMCCAIN

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 03:08 PM

I have some programs on my list that I am not sure I need and don't know whether they were on my Dell computer originally or have been slipped in somehow since then. Some of them are: ABBYFineReader Tools, AbbyFineReader 5.0 Sprint, Digital Line Detect, Broadcom Advance Control Suite V6.12... Also, do I need RealONe Player if I have Windows Media Player?

Thanks for your advice. Using Windows XP home.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 03:30 PM

Hello,

Some of them are standard programs (extras) that come bundled with many OS's. You can however copy/paste the program name in the search engine, and I'm sure you'll come up with many results to help you decide what you want to do with the program. You can then decide if you want them to load or not during boot up. You can also choose to uninstall them. The choice will be yours. But, from what I saw, they were bundled with your computer OS.

As far as the RealPlayer and such, although I do recommend to not use them (privacy reasons).. having them installed won't bother anything. The one reason I found that you may want to consider leaving it on your computer, is that when you visit some web sites, they may only have that file in a specific format, and at the same time, not allowing you to download it to view offline. In cases like that, there's not much you can do about it. But if you never plan to use the program(s)...... simply don't use it. You don't have to uninstall it, and it won't hurt your computer at all. And if you're worried about it "phoning home", you can block the program from transmitting from your computer back to the Internet.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 02:01 PM

Thanks very much for your advice!

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 04:00 PM

:thumbsup: Hi Karen :

Would be worthwhile to check the info at :

http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/

This program was originally called "Dell De-Crapifier" .

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 11:54 PM

ABBYFineReader is ocr software.

Have you installed a scanner? It is probably software that came with it.

The Broadcom Advance Control Suite is most likely associated with your ethernet adapter.

Unless you know what you are uninstalling, do not do it.

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 11:50 AM

You can find a wealth of information about start up applications, what they do and whether they are needed or not, by click on the Startup List tab at the top of BC's pages.

Unfortunately, some sites require the use of RealOne player, so having it can be handy. It definitely should not be in your start up applications, though. For the most part, the only non-Windows applications you need in your startups is your firewall, your AV, and your internet provider's software.

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:07 AM

For most of this stuff, it's very simple. If you disable it - does your computer still do what you want it to do? If not, then you need it!

The trick is, first, to research the item on the web to see if you can figure out what it does to your system.

Then, the next part is to disable the programs one at a time to see if it affects your use of the system.

By far the largest amount of problems come from disabling these things "en masse" - then you'll have no clue as to which is causing your problems.

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