As I noted earlier, we recently bought a couple of Asus laptops. Though I was pleasantly surprised by the (relatively) small amount of bloatware that was present when we first booted them up, there was stuff that needed to be removed.
As usual, I started by downloading a couple of tools to help with bloatware removal. These included PC Decrapifier and Revo Uninstaller. Note that Revo has a free (and fully functional) demo of their Pro version that you can use for a month — nice.
I started by removing the following two items with PC Decrapifier:
- Adobe Reader Speed Launcher
- Bing Bar
And then I used Revo Uninstaller Pro (again, just the free demo version) to remove the following:
- ASUS FaceLogon
- ASUS LiteFrame3
- ASUS Secure Delete
- ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement
- ASUS Virtual Camera
- ASUS Vibe 2.0
- Microsoft Office Starter 2010 (requires product key)
There are a few other ASUS programs that I left in place including the update utility (I’d prefer easy driver updates) and Virtual Touch (not sure what it does).
I’m sure there are other things that could be removed if you wanted to be more aggressive, but these were the worst offenders and, importantly, none of them serve mission critical needs so you might as well remove them.
For what it’s worth, the starter version of Office 2010 has reduced functionality and includes ads. You need a product key (separate purchase) to unlock the full version. Since I already have Office, I’ll just install it myself.