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awaggoner
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Registered: ‎09-17-2012
Location: USA
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Message 1 of 10

Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

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.

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Message 2 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal


@awaggoner wrote:

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.

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ceb
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Message 3 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

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.

awaggoner
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Message 4 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

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.

ceb
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Message 5 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

Such is the state of consumer PCs. Those removal programs will get rid of most of that in no time flat.

awaggoner
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Message 6 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

I thought the IdeaPad is the consumer oriented notebook and ThinkPad is targeted toward business.  Is that no longer the case?

SonicDethmonkey
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Registered: ‎09-14-2012
Location: San Jose, CA
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Message 7 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

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.

awaggoner
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Message 8 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

I got rid of SimpleTap.  I had to delete all of the tiles before uninstalling.

Peterphee
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Message 9 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

I'd love to remove that pad tap function. it's most annoying

Puppy
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Message 10 of 10

Re: Pre-installed Bloatware Removal

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.

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