Robin's Blog

Why I hate my Toshiba laptop

List of installed software on a Toshiba laptop

I think that screenshot is enough really, but just to give a few more pieces of information:

  • In the screenshot above you can see twenty-one separate pieces of software whose name starts with TOSHIBA. These are 21 different pieces of software which were supplied, by Toshiba, as part of the original build of the machine. I suspect the majority of them run at startup, although I haven’t fully investigated that.
  • Many of the pieces of software seem not to be very important or useful – for example TOSHIBA ReelTime? What is that? Or TOSHIBA Online Product Information – since when has anyone used anything like that? As for what on earth TOSHIA Value Added Package is, I don’t know, but I suspect it isn’t adding much value to my use of the computer!
  • As well as the software above (nicely screenshotable (yes, that is a word) because they’re all next to each other in the list), the laptop came with a number of other applications including: Bing Toolbar, Ebay, TRORMLauncher (seems to be something else from Toshiba) and a number of others.

I wanted a computer to use – not a computer filled with junk like this. I think the best thing to do is probably to wipe the machine and reinstall a clean system, but I should not have to do that with a new computer. If any computer manufacturers are reading this (unlikely, but possible) then please stop doing this.

(For the record, I was given this computer under a university scheme, I did not purchase it myself – if I had I wouldn’t have gone for a Toshiba!)

Categorised as: Computer Help, Computing, Windows


  1. Nick says:

    Buy your pc from microsoft store! I did it and it rocks! no more trashware:-)

    “Your PC comes with Microsoft Signature
    With Microsoft Signature, you get rock-solid PC performance, great security, and first-class support. After installing Windows 7, we removed the trial software that can slow down your PC, installed applications you really use, and tuned them to work together seamlessly. Combine that with world-class security to help eliminate viruses and spyware, and 90 days of technical support, and you’ve got the best PC experience ever, right out of the box.”

  2. H.-J. Thienemann says:

    Dear Robin,

    I searched for TRORMLauncher what the program do – and found your blog. I wish I had read “Why I hate my Toshiba laptop” BEFORE I bought one…

    Greetings from a frustrated user in Germany
    Hans-Joavhim Thienemann

  3. Marie says:

    I feel your pain. I too have a Toshiba (my work computer, I NEVER would buy one of these for personal use) and it is absolute garbage. It’s a Toshiba M780, one of those tablet jobbies. Don’t ever get one – they are tempermental pieces of crap.

  4. DW says:

    Toshiba Reeltime is one of the MOST useful software widgets going. If you work with lots of files and later have trouble finding them then this little program can help and help in a mighty powerful way. You let it run all the time then when you’re struggling to find that special jpg name” aposdihfoasdhvan.jpg” you simply hover over the little clock and click on the photos button and scroll to that pic. It’s that simple.
    I’m not saying all their widgets are good but this one is!

  5. [...] und pc problem erschließt sich auch mir nicht mehr zur gänze. sicher auf den chat bezogen. TRORMLauncher du solltest dir auch mal deinen start-up mit dem ccleaner ansehen. norton toolbar / google-update [...]

  6. Fiona says:

    Gahh! Same, also given the laptop to assist with my degree, get it home and it’s full of Toshiba related crap. I’m not that technologically advanced so didn’t realise until it started running like a snail and thought I’d go through and give it a clean up – only to see a strangely similar screen as the one before.

    Please stop, manufacturers, thanks.

  7. Heather says:

    So has anyone discovered which of these programmes ARE useless – would love to clean up. Also does anyone have ANY idea how to remove My Start Incredibar – driving me dilly! HELP!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>