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Should I delete old wifi software?


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I use AT&T U-Verse for my internet connection. Before that I used wifi. The old wifi software starts up every time I start my computer and each time a window pops up on my desktop saying "Adapter not present". If my U-Verse connection does not depend upon the old wifi connection in any way then I want to delete the old wifi program. The wifi software slows down the starting of my computer and may cause other problems. I use XP Home. In my control Panel are listed: "REALTEK GbE & FE Ethernet PCI-E NIC Driver", "Realtek High Definition Audio Driver", "VIA Platform Device Manager" and "VIA Rhine Family Fast Ethernet Adapter". Thanks for any replies.
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Hi,

Sounds good idea to remove the old stuff but none of the ones you listed are related to a Wireless connection!

Please post the list of software installed:

Download MiniToolBox and save the file to the Desktop.
Close the browser and run the tool, check the following options:
  • List Installed Programs
Click on Go.

Post the resulting log in your next reply.
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Please let me know of any programs that that you believe probably aren't necessary in addition to the unnecessary wifi programs. Thanks.



MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 23-01-2014
Ran by John Austin Brewder (administrator) on 27-01-2014 at 14:10:53
Running from "C:\Documents and Settings\John Austin Brewder\My Documents\Downloads"
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal
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=========================== Installed Programs ============================

802.11n Wireless Client Utility (Version: 1.00.0000)
Acrobat.com (Version: 1.6.65)
Ad-Aware Browsing Protection (Version: 1.0.0.5)
Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01
Adobe AIR (Version: 3.9.0.1210)
Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX (Version: 11.9.900.170)
Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin (Version: 11.9.900.170)
Adobe Reader XI (11.0.05) (Version: 11.0.05)
Amazon Kindle
AOL Toolbar
Apple Application Support (Version: 2.3.6)
Apple Mobile Device Support (Version: 7.0.0.117)
Apple Software Update (Version: 2.1.3.127)
avast! Free Antivirus (Version: 8.0.1483.0)
Bonjour (Version: 3.0.0.10)
CCleaner (Version: 4.09)
ConvertHelper 2.2
Critical Update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB959772)
Dasher
Elevated Installer (Version: 2.3.16.0)
ERUNT 1.1j
ESET Online Scanner v3
Foxit Reader (Version: 5.4.5.124)
Garmin Express (Version: 2.3.16.0)
Garmin Express Tray (Version: 2.3.16.0)
Google Chrome (Version: 32.0.1700.76)
Google Earth (Version: 7.1.2.2041)
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer (Version: 1.0.0)
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer (Version: 7.5.4805.320)
Google Update Helper (Version: 1.3.22.3)
Google Updater (Version: 2.4.1536.6592)
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver (Version: 6.14.10.5215)
Internet Explorer (Enable DEP)
iTunes (Version: 11.1.3.8)
Java 7 Update 45 (Version: 7.0.450)
Java Auto Updater (Version: 2.1.9.8)
LightScribe 1.4.142.1 (Version: 1.4.142.1)
Macrium Reflect Free Edition (Version: 5.0.5154)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version 1.75.0.1300 (Version: 1.75.0.1300)
McAfee Security Scan Plus (Version: 3.8.130.10)
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (Version: 2.2.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 (Version: 3.2.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Version: 3.5.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (Version: 4.0.30319)
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP (Version: 1)
Microsoft Internationalized Domain Names Mitigation APIs
Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs
Microsoft Office 2000 Standard (Version: 9.00.2720)
Microsoft Silverlight (Version: 5.1.20913.0)
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
Microsoft VC9 runtime libraries (Version: 2.0.0)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.17 (Version: 9.0.30729)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148 (Version: 9.0.30729.4148)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.6161 (Version: 9.0.30729.6161)
MobileMe Control Panel (Version: 3.0.0.101)
Mozilla Firefox 26.0 (x86 en-US) (Version: 26.0)
Mozilla Maintenance Service (Version: 26.0)
MSN
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) (Version: 4.20.9848.0)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430) (Version: 4.20.9870.0)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688) (Version: 4.20.9876.0)
MyPC Backup (Version: )
Nero 7 Essentials (Version: 7.02.8124)
neroxml (Version: 1.0.0)
OverDrive Media Console (Version: 3.1.1)
Platform (Version: 1.24)
QuickTime (Version: 7.74.80.86)
RealPlayer
REALTEK GbE & FE Ethernet PCI-E NIC Driver (Version: 1.30.0000)
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver (Version: 5.10.0.6402)
Safari (Version: 5.34.57.2)
Secunia PSI (3.0.0.6005) (Version: 3.0.0.6005)
Sophos Virus Removal Tool (Version: 2.1)
SpywareBlaster 5.0 (Version: 5.0.0)
Update 4.0.3 for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2600211) (Version: 1)
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB963707) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows Internet Explorer 8 (KB2598845) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2345886) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2467659) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2661254-v2) (Version: 2)
Update for Windows XP (KB2718704) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2736233) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2749655) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2863058) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2904266) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB898461) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB951072-v2) (Version: 2)
Update for Windows XP (KB951978) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB955759) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB955839) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB967715) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB968389) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB971029) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB971737) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB973687) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB973815) (Version: 1)
VIA Platform Device Manager (Version: 1.24)
VIA Rhine-Family Fast-Ethernet Adapter
Video Download Capture V4.2.0 (Version: 4.2.0)
WebFldrs XP (Version: 9.50.7523)
Windows Backup Utility (Version: 5.1)
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130) (Version: 1.7.0069.2)
Windows Internet Explorer 8 (Version: 20090308.140743)
Windows Media Format 11 runtime
Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin (Version: 1.0.0.8)
Windows PowerShell™ 1.0 (Version: 2)
WinPatrol (Version: 26.1.2013.0)
WinPatrol (Version: 28.9.2013.0)
WinPatrol (Version: 29.2.2013)
Xvid 1.1.3 final uninstall (Version: 1.1)
YTD Toolbar v8.6 (Version: 8.6)
YTD Video Downloader 4.7.2 (Version: 4.7.2)

**** End of log ****
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Hi,

Do you know if the computer have some Wireless adapter besides the old wireless connection?
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I use AT&T U-Verse for my internet connecting. The U-Verse adapter is plugged into my phone jack, so I'm sure it's not wifi but ethernet. There is an "Ethernet" and "Wireless" light on the adapter, and only "Ethernet" is lit. The "Broadband" and "Power" lights are the only other lights lit on the device. The adapter is Pace Americas model 3801HGV. I don't know the names of any U-Verse software that could have been installed.
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I use AT&T U-Verse for my internet connecting. The U-Verse adapter is plugged into my phone jack, so I'm sure it's not wifi but ethernet. There is an "Ethernet" and "Wireless" light on the adapter, and only "Ethernet" is lit. The "Broadband" and "Power" lights are the only other lights lit on the device. The adapter is Pace Americas model 3801HGV. I don't know the names of any U-Verse software that could have been installed.


In that case the only software I see in the list of programs related to wireless is 802.11n Wireless Client Utility
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So it's safe for me to remove 802.11 right? Every time I start my computer I get a pop-up saying "Adapter not present", and it seems like a related program is running at startup that slows down my computer's startup. Maybe the program is the 802.11 for my old wifi.
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So it's safe for me to remove 802.11 right? Every time I start my computer I get a pop-up saying "Adapter not present", and it seems like a related program is running at startup that slows down my computer's startup. Maybe the program is the 802.11 for my old wifi.


Yes if it's a desktop computer usually they don't have a wireless adapter so you can uninstall that one.
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The "REALTEK GbE & FE Ethernet PCI-E NIC Driver (Version: 1.30.0000)" and "Realtek High Definition Audio Driver (Version: 5.10.0.6402)" I believe are programs for my old wifi. Would it be safe to remove these also? When I click on them in Control Panel it says they are used rarely. When I click on "VIA Platform Device Manager (Version: 1.24)" and "VIA Rhine-Family Fast-Ethernet Adapter" there is no text about how often they are used. The right hand is blank except for the "Change/Remove" button for these. So maybe the VIA Rhine and VIA Platform programs are for my current ethernet.
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The "REALTEK GbE & FE Ethernet PCI-E NIC Driver (Version: 1.30.0000)" and "Realtek High Definition Audio Driver (Version: 5.10.0.6402)" I believe are programs for my old wifi. Would it be safe to remove these also? When I click on them in Control Panel it says they are used rarely. When I click on "VIA Platform Device Manager (Version: 1.24)" and "VIA Rhine-Family Fast-Ethernet Adapter" there is no text about how often they are used. The right hand is blank except for the "Change/Remove" button for these. So maybe the VIA Rhine and VIA Platform programs are for my current ethernet.


The information in Control Panel if they are used or not is not reliable.
I know for sure that you need that ones because REALTEK GbE is the driver for you network card and Realtek High Definition Audio it's for your sound card, VIA Platform it's for the devices on the motherboard. Don't remove any of those.
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Ok. I just removed the 802.11 program. Thanks for all the help.
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Ok. I just removed the 802.11 program. Thanks for all the help.


Is the Popup gone?
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When I started my computer today the popup didn't popup for the first time. That program seemed to really slow down my computer's startup.
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When I started my computer today the popup didn't popup for the first time. That program seemed to really slow down my computer's startup.


Good. Yes they usually add some time to the boot process because are trying to initialize the removed hardware device...
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