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Windows 7: Opinions/Advice on Bloatware and Startup Programs

20 Dec 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP


Netzero bloatware is just a URL link which you can rightclick to Delete.

IE9 can be turned off (not uninstalled) in Control Panel>Programs and Features. But I'd have a backup browser because sometimes a URL will not open and on the fly you want to be able to open and paste it in another browser to keep working until you have time to see what's wrong with your browser.

If you choose to keep IE make sure it's 9 and kept updated, as is best with any browser. In fact be sure to keep Updates set to Automatic and install them all since this is a key to safety and performance and any problem Updates are more than one in a million.

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20 Dec 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Thanks Greg will do. Yeah I see what you mean about netzero, I feel pretty stupid, I did not realize it was just a link. I turned off IE 9. I use Firefox and Google Chrome as my back up, so I do not really need 3 web browsers. All looks good, I got about 85-90% of all the bloatware out, and everything seems well. Thanks again for all the help.
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20 Dec 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP


Perfectly understandable. It surprises everyone that bloatmongers would bothers with something as piddly as a URL.

Remember the standard for Win7 is "always instantaneous, never hangs" on adequate hardware. That should guide you if you need the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Glad to help and keep us posted.
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