HP Bloatware removal help

by biondanonima - 1/28/10 11:38 AM

Hi there,

Just got a new dv4 with Windows 7 Home Premium and so far I like it a lot! It's a HUGE upgrade for me, and runs lightening fast in comparison to my old dv1000 (with only 512MB of RAM). Anyway, I'd like to get it up to optimal speed, and to do that I have a feeling I need to remove a few pre-installed programs. Here is the list of what's currently installed:

Acrobat.com Adobe Systems Incorporated 11/5/2009 1.61MB
Adobe AIR Adobe Systems Inc. 11/5/2009
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX Adobe Systems Incorporated 12/27/2009
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin Adobe Systems Incorporated 1/25/2010
Adobe Reader 9.1 MUI Adobe Systems Incorporated 11/5/2009 650.3MB
Alps Touch Pad Driver ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD. 11/5/2009
AnswerWorks 5.0 English Runtime Vantage Software Technologies 1/27/2010
Atheros Driver Installation Program Atheros 12/27/2009
ATI Catalyst Install Manager 11/5/2009
avast! Free Antivirus Alwil Software 1/25/2010
ccc-utility64 11/5/2009
COMODO Internet Security COMODO 11/5/2009
Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system Microsoft Corporation 12/27/2009 62.7MB
CyberLink DVD Suite CyberLink Corp. 11/5/2009 37.2MB
DVD Menu Pack for HP MediaSmart Video Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 100.5MB
ENE CIR Receiver Driver ENE 11/5/2009
FileZilla Client 3.3.1 1/27/2010
HP 3D DriveGuard 11/5/2009
HP Advisor Hewlett-Packard 11/5/2009 50.1MB
HP Games WildTangent 12/27/2009
HP MediaSmart DVD Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 96.8MB
HP MediaSmart Internet TV Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 40.6MB
HP MediaSmart Live TV Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 68.8MB
HP MediaSmart Music/Photo/Video Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 314.4MB
HP MediaSmart SmartMenu 11/5/2009
HP MediaSmart Software Notebook Demo Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 47.8MB
HP MediaSmart Webcam Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 120.6MB
HP MediaSmart/TouchSmart Netflix Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 9.61MB
HP Quick Launch Buttons Hewlett-Packard 11/5/2009
HP QuickWeb DeviceVM, Inc. 12/27/2009 390.8MB
HP Setup Hewlett-Packard 11/5/2009
HP Smart Web Printing Hewlett-Packard 11/5/2009
HP Support Assistant Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 33.1MB
HP Update Hewlett-Packard 11/5/2009 2.97MB
HP User Guides 0146 Hewlett-Packard 11/5/2009 187.7MB
HP Wireless Assistant Hewlett-Packard 11/5/2009 3.87MB
Hulu Desktop Hulu LLC 1/25/2010
IDT Audio IDT 12/27/2009
Java(TM) 6 Update 15 (64-bit) 11/5/2009
Java(TM) 6 Update 17 Sun Microsystems, Inc. 11/5/2009 97.7MB
Java(TM) SE Development Kit 6 Update 15 (64-bit) 11/5/2009
JMicron Flash Media Controller Driver JMicron Technology Corp. 12/27/2009
LabelPrint CyberLink Corp. 11/5/2009 280.9MB
LightScribe System Software LightScribe 12/27/2009 24.0MB
MediaMonkey 3.2 Ventis Media Inc. 1/27/2010
Microsoft Application Error Reporting 11/5/2009
Microsoft Live Search Toolbar Microsoft Live Search Toolbar 12/27/2009
Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003 Microsoft Corporation 1/27/2010 167.7MB
Microsoft Silverlight Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009 14.9MB
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition [ENU] Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009 1.72MB
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009 0.42MB
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) 11/5/2009
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.4148 11/5/2009
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.17 Microsoft Corporation 12/27/2009 0.58MB
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148 Microsoft Corporation 12/27/2009 0.58MB
Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009 396.7MB
Movie Theme Pack for HP MediaSmart Video Hewlett-Packard 12/27/2009 332.2MB
Mozilla Firefox (3.6) Mozilla 1/25/2010
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430) Microsoft Corporation 1/26/2010 1.28MB
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688) Microsoft Corporation 1/26/2010 1.33MB
Power2Go CyberLink Corp. 11/5/2009 199.3MB
PowerDirector CyberLink Corp. 11/5/2009 547.0MB
Quicken 2009 Intuit 1/27/2010 79.6MB
Realtek 8136 8168 8169 Ethernet Driver Realtek 12/27/2009
Skype web features Skype Technologies S.A. 1/27/2010 4.32MB
Skype 4.1 Skype Technologies S.A. 1/27/2010 31.1MB
Windows Live Essentials Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009
Windows Live Sign-in Assistant Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009 1.94MB
Windows Live Sync Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009 2.79MB
Windows Live Upload Tool Microsoft Corporation 11/5/2009 0.22MB

I installed a few things myself, but I'm most concerned about ALL the HP software - I know I don't need all of it, and I don't know what half of it does. Here is a screen shot of the processes that run regularly:


I'll be honest, I have no idea what most of that stuff is or if it's necessary. Can anyone advise? Thanks!