09-18-2012 06:59 AM
Does anyone have a list of the software that comes with a new X1 Carbon that can be safely removed?
I am shocked by the amount of pre-installed crap on this new machine. Usually, I would get Dell notebooks and they came with a few pieces of extra software, but this is crazy.
If I have to spend a half day or more cleaning off all the extra crap, I may have to stick with Dell in the future.
09-18-2012 07:48 AM
the amount of pre-installed crap
Most, if not all, of that "crap" serves a purpose, especially the ThinkVantage "crap." Yes, some duplicates what comes with Windows, but it also generally adds useful features that exploit unique ThinkPad hardware enhancements. Before deleting any of the "crap" that came with your X1C I'd carefully review what it does and why it might be of benefit.
I'll grant you that some of the third party crap [e.g. Norton] truly is crap and deserves to be blown away as soon as possible. However even in those situations make sure you have functionally-equivalent "crap" [e.g. MSE] to replace it with.
09-18-2012 08:37 AM - edited 09-18-2012 08:42 AM
There are a few programs like PCdecrapifier that identify and remove bloatware. Be careful though because some of the programs are, like hausman said, value added so choose carefully what you want removed.
I've actually found that Thinkpads come with far less bloatware than Home or Home/Small Office Dell systems. The only Dell systems that come with very little bloatware are the Lattitudes and other systems sold through their large office store.
09-18-2012 08:49 AM
A trial version of Nitro Pro 7, Sugar Sync, Chrome (I didn't download it, so I don't want it), Google Toolbar
Plus all that Lenovo branded stuff. It may have a purpose, but the consumer should have a choice on if they want it on the new computer they paid for.
I tried to uninstall SimpleTap and it went through the uninstallation process, but never removed it.
Also, the Lenovo Message Board has all sorts of nonsense for Netflix, BillBoard, TV.com, Groupon, LiveNation, MTV, BizTree, Price Grabber, etc. Insane.
09-18-2012 09:26 AM
I'd also like to remove the SimpleTap software. That is absolutely the most absurd and unnecessary thing i've ever seen on a business-oriented machine (??) that doesn't even have a touch screen.
05-18-2015 03:44 AM
You can remove it in one by one from Control Panel, Programs. It is wise to not connect the machine to Internet prior all Google spyware is safely removed because the infection runs under SYSTEM account.