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  1. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       01 Mar 2017 #1

    Bloatware


    I finally received my Dell Laptop. It came with little bloatware and I am very surprised with it. So far it works flawless. However, the bloatware that it did come with, I would like to know if I should remove it.


    The following is the list of bloatware:


    1.) CyberLink Media Suite Essentials
    2.) proDAD Adorage 3.0

    Should I delete these 2 items?
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  2.    01 Mar 2017 #2

    Jesse Williams said: View Post
    I finally received my Dell Laptop. It came with little bloatware and I am very surprised with it. So far it works flawless. However, the bloatware that it did come with, I would like to know if I should remove it.


    The following is the list of bloatware:


    1.) CyberLink Media Suite Essentials
    2.) proDAD Adorage 3.0

    Should I delete these 2 items?
    Those are two packages that are pretty pricey to buy outright!
    I would play around with them first to see if you may use them in the future.

    I deleted a Cyberlink package ('bloatware') from a PC of mine years ago and often wished I hadn't.
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  3.    01 Mar 2017 #3

    Surprised you don't have McAfee listed there........That comes on every Dell I have ever seen........

    PC Decrapifier will take most if not all of the bloatware off for you.....
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  4. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       01 Mar 2017 #4

    Okay. There is another feature that came with the PC that is called NewBlue Video Essentials for Windows. Should I remove it?
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  5. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       01 Mar 2017 #5

    kipper said: View Post
    Surprised you don't have McAfee listed there........That comes on every Dell I have ever seen........

    PC Decrapifier will take most if not all of the bloatware off for you.....
    It did come with McAfee but I already have an antivirus though my internet service provider. So I just removed it right away. I was told that McAfee wasn't any good anyway. Did I make a mistake by uninstalling it?
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  6.    01 Mar 2017 #6

    Jesse....you should play with those programs and see if you might want to keep them for future use........What one guy or gal likes might not be useful to the next person.....what you remove will be a personal choice.....
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  7. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       01 Mar 2017 #7

    It did have some updates that it needed to install from the manufacturer, so I just let it run it's course. I haven't really downloaded anything to it yet so far.
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  8.    02 Mar 2017 #8

    If you decide you no longer want those apps, you could easily just do a clean install. I do this with every OEM machine I come across. This way, I know for sure what is running on the computer, and more importantly, what is not running.
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  9. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       02 Mar 2017 #9

    Thanks for the input guys. The only thing that I am noticing is that when I wake it up from sleep, it's a little laggy at the login screen. What I am saying is that when I put in my code to log in to the desktop, it takes it a little while to respond. Is there a fix or a solution to this little glitch?
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  10.    03 Mar 2017 #10

    Hi there

    My recommendation for any "Bought" (especially laptops) computer with all the standard bloatware in it is :

    1) Immediately - even before doing the initial setup - is to BACK UP the HDD entirely - including any "hidden recovery partition". Use something like Free Macrium from a bootable USB and save the image to an external device. That way you can restore the entire machine EXACTLY back to the "Factory" state if for any reason you need to return it. - IMAGE rather than CLONE the HDD.

    2) now WIPE the machine's HDD and re-install Windows from scratch -- OK it means usually having to get a new Retail W10 licence but IMO the extra cost is worthwhile as "de-bloating" OEM machines often isn't as easy as it should be - especially if there's some security "trialware" installed --often rubbish like Macaffee is included and it's a real dog to remove totally.

    Note - when buying the machine in the first place you might be able to get the store to toss in a free W10 retail - stores are looking to sell stuff these days so it's always worth asking -- the worst that can happen is they say no.

    BTW if you have an old (retail) version of W8 / W8.1 or W7 the update STILL works !! so just download the media creation tool and install a FREE version of W10. !!

    If though you can get hold of the bare OEM OS that came with the laptop then re-installing that version is the best solution - however long gone are the days where you get a whole slew of discs containing the OS / drivers / software when buying a new machine - often the whole kybosh is just stored away in a hidden recovery partition so when restoring from that you simply get all the junk again.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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