Solved Just purchased a new laptop with Windows 8.1 preinstalled

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September 14, 2015 at 20:28:36
Specs: Windows 8.1, 8 gig of Ram
I want to clean out all advertising and unwanted pop-ups and sources of irritation and would like to keep it simple. What are the first things to do besides Windows Update, before I install my software? TIA for your help.

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#1
September 14, 2015 at 21:41:22
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A new computer should be malware free unless you bought it out of the back of someone's van. But it's possible a retail distributer such as Best Buy might add their own annoying software. Anything they add should be removable by the normal procedure. Here's some info on that:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conte...

If you're having problems beyond that you can run something like malwarebytes:

https://www.malwarebytes.org/downlo...

(the free, non-trial version) and see if it finds anything. If you're experiencing specific problems other remedies are available.


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#2
September 15, 2015 at 01:32:39
And to improve your chances of keeping your laptop free of "junk"... Whenever you install "anything" - especially downloads from the web - use the custom/manual option, NOT the automatic.

Carefully watch for and uncheck any pre-checked boxes, which have been so "helpfully pre-checked for your convenience". Thus you will install only the utility/application itself. The manual/custom option ensures you avoid much of the junk; unwanted changes and additions that will otherwise go in, and some of it is real pest and a PAI to eradicate.

Also make a set of recovery disks both before you install anything, and a second set when you have perhaps installed your main apps. (Office suite etc. perhaps).. If pennies allow make actual images? Acronis and Easus are two excellent imagin utils.


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#3
September 15, 2015 at 07:46:20
These two freebies can also find things that others miss:

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

I agree that it's odd that advertising is an issue unless it was a second hand computer.

If after the suggestions you still have trouble tell us exactly where you see this pop-ups (what you are doing at the time etc).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
September 15, 2015 at 09:36:41
I guess THIS will do what you are looking for - remove the Crapware aka bloatware or junkware . There are FOUR tools for Uninstalling the bloatwares installed on top of Windows preinstalled on OEM PCs - namely (1) The PC Decrapifier, (2) Should I Remove It?, (3) Slim Computer, and (4) AdwCleaner. Read the article thoroughly to make sure you do not overkill.

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