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Help Removing Bloatware

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by joehmayfield, Jul 3, 2010.

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    To start, I'm running Froyo Rooted.
    I want to get rid of the bloatware on my Droid. A couple of these apps include Amazon and Visual Voicemail. I've tried to use Titanium Back-Up, every kind of task killer, and every kind of file explorer....all with no good result.
    Everything i try says either rename failed or object is read only. I tried to use ADB and logged into that as "su" and still the same message. Can someone give me a PROVEN way to get these unwanted programs off this phone? I would prefer a ADB command line.

    I'm a novice (kinda) But here's what i used today:

    C:\Documents and Settings\Staff\Desktop\Joe Documents\android-sdk_r06-windows\an
    droid-sdk-windows\tools>adb shell
    $ remove /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk
    remove /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk
    remove: permission denied
    $ su
    su
    # rm /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk
    rm /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk
    rm failed for /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk, Read-only file system
    # cd /system/app
    cd /system/app
    # mount -o rw, remount /system
    mount -o rw, remount /system
    Usage: mount [-r] [-w] [-o options] [-t type] device directory
    # rm -r com.amazon.mp3.apk
    rm -r com.amazon.mp3.apk
    rm failed for com.amazon.mp3.apk, Read-only file system
    # su
    su
    # mount -o rw,remount /system
    mount -o rw,remount /system
    Usage: mount [-r] [-w] [-o options] [-t type] device directory
    # rm -r com.amazon.mp3.apk
    rm -r com.amazon.mp3.apk
    rm failed for com.amazon.mp3.apk, Read-only file system
    #
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    you need to mount your /system as rw first before you can delete stuff. In a terminal type in

    mount -o,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system

    Then you can use rm to delete whatever you want.
    rm /system/app/VVMStub.apk

    Some roms also have custom scripts to mount, like mountsys, sysrw, etc. You can also try "adb remount" before shelling in.
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    OP, are you rooted? I'm assuming you are since you are using Titanium and that only works with root.

    Do you have Root Explorer? If not you should get it from the Market and you can remove many of these things. Be careful though, some apps may depend on certain things in this "bloatware."
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    root explorer did not work. and i am rooted. superuser app is defintely on my droid. i'm gonna try 2nd poster's suggestion and post results.
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    worked like a charm. i totally forgot that the p3 froyo rom is still custom. thank you very much nphil!!!!!!!
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