Samsung R530 - So many crap-games/apps preinstalled and Phoenix Failsafe - without an uninstaller ...
Today I helped somebody buy a cheap notebook as a replacement for a really old PC.
In the end we went home with a Samsung R530 and I immediately started configuring it.
After the installation I was looking on a lot of crap on the desktop and the startmenu.
I knew most notebooks today come with a lot of preinstalled crap like MS Office, ISP-software (AOL, T-Online, ... ) , virus-scanner, firewalls and more stuff (the same here, 60-day-trial for the new office, a McAfee Security-Solution (virus-scanner, anti-spam and more), ...) but I didnt see THAT coming.
Lots of games and programs from a company I already forgot the name, which which where usable for some hours but then you would have pay for them. I uninstalled them, even though they were from the same company and only some mb in size, each had it's own uninstaller. But I figured the low price for the notebook is partly due to those programs.
Then I discovered a popup for the most awesome program ever Phoenix FailSafe ... a product which helps you when your notebook gets stolen. It tracks it, deletes/downloads your data, makes a photo/video of the thief and stuff like that if he goes online or is in reach of any accessable gps-device the notebook can connect to (bluetooth or whatever) . It was a trial too and you would have to pay for it on a monthly base.
The first thing I did was searching for an uninstaller in the starmenu: nothing.
Then in Windows software-control: nothing.
Then I searched on google and found a thread about it. No real solution.
You can set it up, register, then login on their page, deactivate it and then download an "uninstaller"! Register to uninstall it ? WTF!!!
According to an entry in the forum, the support said, you can "uninstall" it manually by deleting the directory, the files and the start-menu entry by hand ...
What kind of crap is that ? A silly way to protect it from beeing deleted by a potential thief ? I would accept it if it would remove it's entry in start-menu and uninstaller after you have choosen to use it. But not even providing one ?
I will give the manual way a try next week and look if there is more data from this tool in the registry, autostart, services or anywhere else.
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