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You know when you go to Control Panel-Add/Remove Programs and that list comes up? How do I know which ones I can get away with uninstalling? I've got the obvious software that I don't use anymore but there are many files that I don't recognize. Most have to do with Microsoft and Adobe and I'm unsure if I am using these things without knowing it (I think that maybe they're "automatic" funtions and if I uninstall them I won't be able to watch videos or something). When I highlight these items it says that I "Rarely" use them but can that be trusted? Would it detect a "behind-the-scenes" software? Thanks in advance and if this isn't clear I have nothing against questions. :)

Edited by epcomics, 14 June 2009 - 09:00 PM.

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Download HijackThis:
http://www.trendsecu...ckthis/download
by clicking on Download HijackThis Installer
Install, and run it.

Click Config... button.
Click Misc Tools button.
Click Open Uninstall Manager... button.
Click Save list... button.
Click Save.
The list will be saved as uninstall_list.txt in C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis folder.
At the same time, Notepad will open with the list displayed.

Post the list here, but EXCLUDE those programs, you DO use, and those, you know, you don't use, and you're planning to uninstall.
Post only those, you're not sure about.
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Adobe AIR
Adobe AIR
Adobe Anchor Service CS4
Adobe Bridge CS4
Adobe CMaps CS4
Adobe Color - Photoshop Specific CS4
Adobe Color EU Extra Settings CS4
Adobe Color JA Extra Settings CS4
Adobe Color NA Recommended Settings CS4
Adobe Color Video Profiles CS CS4
Adobe CSI CS4
Adobe Default Language CS4
Adobe Device Central CS4
Adobe Drive CS4
Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit CS4
Adobe Extension Manager CS4
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
Adobe Fonts All
Adobe Linguistics CS4
Adobe Output Module
Adobe PDF Library Files CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Support
Adobe Search for Help
Adobe Service Manager Extension
Adobe Setup
Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5
Adobe Type Support CS4
Adobe Update Manager CS4
Adobe WinSoft Linguistics Plugin
Adobe XMP Panels CS4
AdobeColorCommonSetCMYK
AdobeColorCommonSetRGB
ALPS Touch Pad Driver
Apple Mobile Device Support
Apple Software Update
Bonjour
Broadcom Gigabit Integrated Controller
CAM UnZip 4.42
Conexant D480 MDC V.9x Modem
Connect
Critical Update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB959772)
Dell ResourceCD
Dell Wireless WLAN Card
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB953595)
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB958484)
Hotfix for Windows Media Format 11 SDK (KB929399)
Hotfix for Windows Media Player 11 (KB939683)
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB952287)
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB961118)
Java™ 6 Update 14
Java™ 6 Update 7
kuler
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP
Microsoft Internationalized Domain Names Mitigation APIs
Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.17
MSN
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
PDF Settings CS4
Photoshop Camera Raw
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB969559)
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB969679)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Excel 2007 (KB969682)
Security Update for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 (KB957789)
Security Update for Microsoft Office system 2007 (KB969613)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Word 2007 (KB969604)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB933566)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB938127)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB939653)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB956390)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB958215)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB960714)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB961260)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 8 (KB969897)
Security Update for Windows Media Player (KB952069)
Security Update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB936782)
Security Update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB954154)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB923561)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB938464)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941569)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB946648)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB950762)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB950974)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951066)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951376-v2)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951698)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951748)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB952004)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB952954)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB954211)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB954459)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB954600)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB955069)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956391)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956572)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956802)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956803)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956841)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB957095)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB957097)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB958644)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB958687)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB958690)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB959426)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB960225)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB960715)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB960803)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB961373)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB961501)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB968537)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB969898)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB970238)
SigmaTel AC97 Audio Drivers
Suite Shared Configuration CS4
Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB967642)
Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 (KB969907)
Update for Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (kb970012)
Update for Windows Internet Explorer 8 (KB968220)
Update for Windows XP (KB951072-v2)
Update for Windows XP (KB951978)
Update for Windows XP (KB955839)
Update for Windows XP (KB967715)
Windows XP Service Pack 3

Thanks. I'm using Foxit to read PDF files, that's why I'm unsure about all the adobe stuff

Edited by epcomics, 15 June 2009 - 07:10 PM.

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Most Adobe entries belong to Adobe Creative Suite: http://www.adobe.com.../creativesuite/, rather expensive program, so I suggest, you keep it.
The only thing, you can really uninstall is Java™ 6 Update 7.
Others are either needed, or may be needed.
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Thanks, I don't know how I got creative suite.
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Try to run it. Maybe it's some trial version, and it doesn't work anymore.
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