Thursday, June 24, 2010

4GB of Toshiba bloatware

Toshiba preinstalls a loat of bloatware on Toshiba Qosmio laptops. I decided to tidy up my Toshiba laptop to make it boot faster. Also, after uninstalling all kind of Toshiba garbage, setup files, trial games and other leftovers, and deleting the multi-language files (except English) for all installed software, I decreased the consumed space from about 4.5GB to only 152MB.

The following processes are running by default on all Toshiba Qosmio laptops. You can safely stop them using MSConfig.

SmoothView.exe - TOSHIBA SmoothView Zooming Utility.
Is installed on various Toshiba Laptops and handles zooming and scrolling of the screen to create a larger desktop.

TcrdMain.exe - TOSHIBA FlashCards - 27MB RAM
Without it the Fn key will stop working.

NDStray.exe - 1.2MB RAM
Tray utility for network switching application which permits switching network devices and settings with a click on the tray icon. While it is not required, for people who span multiple networks and want an easy way to go from wired to wireless and change addresses and other network settings, it's a must have.
Assists you managing and configuring your Wifi/Bluetooth Components in your Notebook. Stop it if you don't use your wireless. NDS Tray is combined with the Toshiba Tool Config Free.
Can be stopped? Yes, but the ConfigFree icon will disappear from system tray.

TosNcCore.exe - Message Center - 8.6MB RAM
If you stop it the Toshiba Buletin Board icon will disappear from system tray.
Can be stopped? Yes. Thanks god!

TPwrMain.exe - TOSHIBA Power Saver - 11MB RAM
Can be stopped? Unknown.

tosSENotify.exe - Toshiba HDD/SSD Alert Utility - 9.8MB RAM
It checks S.M.A.R.T status of the HDD.
Can be stopped? Yes, but run it once per week (or more often if your laptop is over 2 years old).

Things to be uninstalled definitively:

Toshiba Bulletin Board - about 150MB
Toshiba Reel Time - about 150MB
Corel DVD MovieFactory - 708MB!
TOSHIBA Games (including "Game Explorer" and "Game Console") - about 40MB
WORKSSETUP folder - 1.1GB (location c:\Program Files (x86)\TOSHIBA\WORKSSETUP\)
Vcredist_x86.exe - This is a Visual C redistribution file. Do a search in your computer and delete it from everywhere.

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