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How to stop pop-ups from the manufacturer of my computer

I Love A Deal 2,109 851 December 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM
How do I stop pop ups from the manufacturer of my computer?
Periodically get them with special offers. Have the option
of saying no thanks, but unfortunately that doesn't stop them.
I think that there is a way to do this, but I can't recall how.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Look through the various programs listed in Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) or under Uninstall a Program (Vista/7)

Uninstall stuff that looks like it might be from the computer manufacturer for the purpose of pushing marketing crap on you.
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Sounds like an HP. HP is known for installing a lot a crapware. I usually delete anything HP related, especially when installing a printer.
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When buying a new computer, you should always follow these 3 simple steps to get up & running:

1. Take computer out of the box
2. Format it & reload windows without all of the crapware
3. Begin using it
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When buying a new computer, you should always follow these 3 simple steps to get up & running:

1. Take computer out of the box
2. Format it & reload windows without all of the crapware
3. Begin using it
Thanks, but unfortunately not able to do that with this. It is a Lenovo computer and from what I've read the
ads appear along with software updates. Any other ideas?
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Last edited by I Love A Deal December 6, 2010 at 08:15 PM
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I go the same route as Jeffbx, so I've never had to deal with this.

The next time you get a pop up, leave it open and run Task Manager. Look at the Processes tab and figure out what the pop up app is named, then search your hard drive for it.
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I do that with Lenovo machines all the time - you don't need most of the crap they put on there, either. No need to allow Lenovo to auto-update anything - I think I kept maybe 3 or 4 of the 873 services they like to run in the background.
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Quote from I Love A Deal View Post :
Thanks, but unfortunately not able to do that with this. It is a Lenovo computer and from what I've read the
ads appear along with software updates. Any other ideas?
you will be fine, just reformat and install windows from scratch - also use a "clean" MS version of windows, not a disk from the manufacturer or you will be back to square 1
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If you want to isolate and remove the offending program, download and install Revo Uninstaller [cnet.com].
Run 'Hunter Mode', which will place a cross-hairs type icon on your desktop.
The next time you get the pop-up, drag the icon onto it and it will display what program is causing it.
Use Revo Uninstaller or Windows Add/Remove to uninstall the program.
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add/remove programs - then uninstall their crap software
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you will be fine, just reformat and install windows from scratch - also use a "clean" MS version of windows, not a disk from the manufacturer or you will be back to square 1
Thanks but I don't have original windows so that does not work.
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Quote from drsketch View Post :
add/remove programs - then uninstall their crap software
thanks but they have a number of different items. Know should not delete them:

Welcome
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Read in their forum about a certain app should detail, can't recall which one, but could not find.
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Thank you all for your help. I'm going to try Revo and Task Manager, if needed. Will try to rep. everyone.
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Quote from Jeffbx View Post :
I do that with Lenovo machines all the time - you don't need most of the crap they put on there, either. No need to allow Lenovo to auto-update anything - I think I kept maybe 3 or 4 of the 873 services they like to run in the background.
any suggestions about what i should keep/delete?
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Quote from I Love A Deal View Post :
thanks but they have a number of different items. Know should not delete them:

Welcome
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ThinkVantage Tools
Idea Notes

Read in their forum about a certain app should detail, can't recall which one, but could not find.
I would delete all of those. Also look for Lenovo Smile Dock and uninstall it. I hate bloatware on new PC's. I always get a fresh install of OS ASAP.
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