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!)