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Windows 7: Clean Up Factory Bloatware

Clean Up Factory Bloatware

Published by gregrocker
15 Mar 2012
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Today's consumer PC's are loaded with pre-installed sponsors' bloatware programs and useless factory utilities which interfere with better versions built into Win7. Bloatware can compromise the OS in many ways. Even uninstalling it can damage System files. These tips are based on helping countless users here to safely clean up OEM factory bloatware.

1. Type "msconfig" in Start Search box, rightclick result to Run As Administrator. Uncheck everything in msconfig>Startup except AV; MS listings for Sidebar Gadgets, Stickies, Skydrive if you use them; and touchpad driver software if required to use certain features like scrolling or gestures. The rest are freeloaders that slow startup, hog CPU/RAM, and can spy on you. Programs can wait to start until you run them.

Illustrated steps here: Startup Programs - Change.

● If you have a question about any listing, google it to find out what it does.

● Anything installed from Google is spyware which will track your internet browsing to paste interest ads. Use only the stable Google search box built into Browser and stay signed out of Google sites. You can greatly reduce internet tracking and spying by acting regularly to Opt Out of Network Advertising.

● Turning off HP Wireless manager sometimes requires first ticking "Allow Independent Wireless" box in its Preferences to default to Windows 7's superior wireless manager.

2. After several reboots enter msconfig>Services, check box to "Hide all MS services" then again deselect items same as in #1. Check back repeatedly here and in Startup list to see if anything writes itself back in - if so turn it off in its Program Preferences or Uninstall it. You now have a Clean Boot!

3. Decide which programs you can do without over time then uninstall them in Control Panel>Programs and Features. To help decide, open each program and look at its features, google name to learn more. If in doubt keep the program until you can try it. Almost no OEM utilities are worth keeping except Camware if you use its features, and battery or HD monitor if these work better for you than what's built into Win7.

Specific HP software which might be worth keeping is discussed in HP Bloatware, or useful system utilities?

4. Monitor whether bloatware uninstalls have corrupted System files by running SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker. Irreparable system files resulting in Performance problems can sometimes be remedied without reinstall by a Repair Install.

5. Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials with the Windows Firewall to gain back performance from more bloated AV's, which should be uninstalled first without even starting them up if possible.

6. Install all of your Windows Updates which should be set to Automatic install, ticking box to Treat Recommended as Important. Check optional Windows Updates regularly for driver updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3). You can trust all Updates given by Windows 7 as they rarely malfunction (one in a million), keep your drivers current, OS performance updated and Firewall security fortified.

7. Monitor Event Viewer>Administrative View to google repeat error text and ID# to find how others have resolved these. Type "event" in Start Search box.

8. Check also the Performance log on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking WEI score link at Computer>Properties to google repeat errors. Look for cued issues at top of Tools page, Generate a System Health Report.

9. Type "Solutions" in Start Search box to see solutions to problems sent and not. Windows 7 is interactive this way so always send Problem Reports.

10. Clean and order the HD perfectly using free state-of-the-art CCleaner (using "Run Cleaner" and Registry tab at defaults), then type Defrag in Start Search box, run Windows Defragmenter, set a scheduled defrag if you want.

11. Save externally a Windows 7 backup image of your optimized Windows 7 which may become preferable to Factory Recovery and can re-image your HD or it's replacement in 20 minutes: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup ● System Image Recovery.

Keep your data backed up by dragging active User folders to external storage (easiest), syncing data to another internal backup HD using SyncToys, or use Skydrive to upload to the cloud 7gb free with each Windows Live ID. A method is here to simultaneously Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums

12. The most important thing you can do to avoid spyware creeping in is to watch your program installs like a hawk at every step because programs have found ingenious ways to sneak in spyware with tricky checkbox choices, even in the License Agreement. I always do a Custom install and only allow the features I know I want, later removing any extra in Control Panel>Change. You can scan for infection or to remove spy/adware leftovers using Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware freeware scanners - decline the free trial unless regularly infected for which I would buy Malwarebytes Real Time protection at $29 for life.

13. Keep an eye also on your Browser Add-Ons to only allow the ones you know you want or are required to make a page display correctly, including Flash, Shockwave, WMP or Quicktime plug-in, Silverlight.
Spyware likes to nest here. If you find an intruder in the Add-Ons list you may also need to uninstall in in Control Panel>Programs and Features, then run a full scan with SUPERAntiSpyware
on-demand scanner to root it out in the registry where it can hide and run after uninstall.

14. If there are any lags or problems work through these additional Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7. If needed start a new thread for a specialist's help. Win7 should always have instantaneous performance on adequate tested hardware with a perfect install.

13. Consider a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which is often better than getting a new computer considering how pre-installed bloatware can corrupt Win7 even if it's completely cleaned up. If you stick with the tools and methods given you will get and keep a perfect install.

15 Mar 2012   #1

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Another good one! Great work Greg.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Thanks, Golden. Feel free to add any ideas and I'll try to work them in.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Excellent tutorial Greg !
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Mar 2012   #4

Win7 Pro SP1 x64

I surely follow this tips, when I re-install my HP from recovery partition.
Thanks for sharing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Mar 2012   #5

7 32

Greg, you can consider adding lists of specific bloatware, OEM-wise along with brief descriptions of each. E.g. HP bloatware, dell bloatware and so on. This would require some googling and inputs from people with actual experience of specific brands. But would be very helpful for newbies who cant figure out which bloat to keep.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit

Another 3 great tutorials Greg
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Mar 2012   #7

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Good advice all the way through. I'm sure there are a lot of people who wonder why their new machine doesn't perform as well as it ought to. This will answer that question for many of them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Good tut Greg! You might have a look at The PC Decrapifier Wipes Unwanted Junk | The PC Decrapifier One caveat is that it can identify software which is no crap at times.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well done Greg we need more of this.

I'm getting tired of all the junk that comes along with downloads too.

We all need to be careful just going onto a site will expose us to malware.
I'm new to Windows 7 and have only had this home build running a couple of months
and I've tossed a bunch of junk.
Tanks...or Tks...My way for thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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