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LG Connect Stripper By: Dracconus
(Special thanks to CWM Team, Kanaida, and MtMichaelson)


LG Connect Stripper Ver. 1.0 - LINK:LGMS840 Stripper

======= F.A.Q. =======


Q. Why does my Antivirus say this is unsafe?
A. Because it sucks, and they block functionality and call it a virus because they can't protect you from real ones without some simple workaround. ALSO - These are what's known as "false positives." The reason that you're getting trojan.dropper, and other flags like that is because I drop other .exe's out of the main one, as well as resource .dll's, and other files, like the icon, etc.
These files are all perfectly safe batch files that were converted to exe and then combined into one. Having them as .exe's makes it easier to manage when/if I find more to add; and allows a much cleaner experience on your end as well since I can call the file to delete it's "children" - (trash) whereas with a batch it would require a lot more code.

I've provided a courtesy scan to show you what you'll be expecting if your AV does go off.
Antivirus Scan @ VirusTotal
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Q. What is the "Stripper?"
A. The "Stripper" is an application designed specifically for the LG Connect that removes ALL of the bloat (literally.)
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Q. What programs are removed using the "Stripper?"
A. You will find a list in the code box near the bottom of this post under the section "REMOVED APPS."
----------------------------------------

Q. How many apps are removed with the tool?
A. Count it...FIFTY - Yes, 50. You read it right, and I typed it right!
----------------------------------------

Q. Is there any lack of functionality?
A. Of course, removing any app limits functionality in some way doesn't it?
A2. I left all "necessities" alone. Things like Flash Player, My Metro, Power Widget, Weather widget etc. are all "per user apps" that would vary in necessity and aren't technically necessary; especially since they can ALL be downloaded via the "Stock Apps" download in my Sister Thread Located: HERE
----------------------------------------

Q. How long did it take you to do this?
A. It took me over three straight days of testing, rebooting, restoring, backing up, uninstalling, freezing, and testing over, and over and over, and over. There were many casualties - Picture, and video of my baby when I accidentally formatted my SD Card 'cuz I was too tired to notice, a nice huge scratch on my screen from where it fell down the steps while monitoring a test and running up the stairs from the wife's car, and loads of sleep missed. Got a terrible crick in my neck too...shouldn't cock my head when I type I guess :P
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Q. How does it work?
A. Simple. You download it, and run it. The rest is guided to you step by step in a console window that lets you know every step that's being taken, and lets you confirm every step before it happens.
----------------------------------------

Q. What if I change my mind halfway through running it? Am I screwed?
A. Well, yes, and no. if you change your mind after the second confirmation screen notifying you that it is going to start removing, and it's already removed at lease ONE file - Yes, you're screwed - BUT only until I can get the accompanying "stock app installer" coded.
This will be a full restoration of stock apps. I'd love to make one with choices, etc. but I just don't have the time. plus there are certain apps that actually weren't on certain revisions, so this gives everyone a much more "full experience."

Q. What is "Tru-Tech Media Design Firm" and why is the copyright on every screen?
A. T.T.M.D.F. is my company that I've had in operation for the last eight years. It's a self ran web design, graphics, multimedia, and small time programming company with a sub specialization in hand-to-system Virus removal - in other words I don't need an antivirus anything, I pick them out by hand outside of the operating environment...very tech savvy level stuff :P
My copyright is plastered all over it that way I can sue anyone that tries to decompile it, or share it outside of this forum without my permission - as it's expressly written in the documentation that it's for Androidforums.com members, and no one else!


======= REMOVED APPS =======


Code:
11-11-11-10h-56m_9340_9258_answers_obfuscate-release
11-11-11-14h-16m_9340_9258_movies_obfuscate-release
BooksPhone
EmailWidget
HelpCenter
LGEmail
LGE_MS840_QuickGuide
LGE_MS840_UserGuide
LGMS840_MetroNavigator_6.3.0_Build_44_rel_PROD_signed_10072011
LGWorldClockWidget
Loopt_v4.5.4_Unified_Final31
Maps
metro-android-release-prod-1.00.49
Metro411_2.0.8_11152011
metroappstore1.5.3
MetroPCS-EasyWiFi-android-4.3.111
MetroPCS_Visual_Voicemail_3_14_22
MobilePosse_MetroPCS
MobileUpdateClient
MPCS-IMandSocial-4.0.24-0203
mpcs_stub
Music2
oem_install_flash_player
PEX-6.5.0.1.107565-metrolte-rc
PlusOne
PolarisOffice
RichNote
RichnoteWidget
SmartShare
SNS
sports
Street
Swype
Talk2
TtsService
Videos
VoiceDialer
VoiceRecorder
VoiceSearch
WeatherWidget
WhatsNew
WiFiCast
YouTube
z7-android2x
livewallpaperspicker
livewallpapaers
magicsmokewallpapers
photoframewidget
powercontrol
sihome-metropcs-android7-prod-125258_app1.3_120439_480x800_PRELOAD_SIGN

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LG Connect Stripper By: Dracconus
(Special thanks to CWM Team, Kanaida, and MtMichaelson)


LG Connect Stripper Ver. 1.0 - LINK:LGMS840 Stripper

======= F.A.Q. =======


Q. Why does my Antivirus say this is unsafe?
A. Because it sucks, and they block functionality and call it a virus because they can't protect you from real ones without some simple workaround. ALSO - These are what's known as "false positives." The reason that you're getting trojan.dropper, and other flags like that is because I drop other .exe's out of the main one, as well as resource .dll's, and other files, like the icon, etc.
These files are all perfectly safe batch files that were converted to exe and then combined into one. Having them as .exe's makes it easier to manage when/if I find more to add; and allows a much cleaner experience on your end as well since I can call the file to delete it's "children" - (trash) whereas with a batch it would require a lot more code.

I've provided a courtesy scan to show you what you'll be expecting if your AV does go off.
Antivirus Scan @ VirusTotal
----------------------------------------

Q. What is the "Stripper?"
A. The "Stripper" is an application designed specifically for the LG Connect that removes ALL of the bloat (literally.)
----------------------------------------

Q. What programs are removed using the "Stripper?"
A. You will find a list in the code box near the bottom of this post under the section "REMOVED APPS."
----------------------------------------

Q. How many apps are removed with the tool?
A. Count it...FIFTY - Yes, 50. You read it right, and I typed it right!
----------------------------------------

Q. Is there any lack of functionality?
A. Of course, removing any app limits functionality in some way doesn't it?
A2. I left all "necessities" alone. Things like Flash Player, My Metro, Power Widget, Weather widget etc. are all "per user apps" that would vary in necessity and aren't technically necessary; especially since they can ALL be downloaded via the "Stock Apps" download in my Sister Thread Located: HERE
----------------------------------------

Q. How long did it take you to do this?
A. It took me over three straight days of testing, rebooting, restoring, backing up, uninstalling, freezing, and testing over, and over and over, and over. There were many casualties - Picture, and video of my baby when I accidentally formatted my SD Card 'cuz I was too tired to notice, a nice huge scratch on my screen from where it fell down the steps while monitoring a test and running up the stairs from the wife's car, and loads of sleep missed. Got a terrible crick in my neck too...shouldn't cock my head when I type I guess :P
----------------------------------------

Q. How does it work?
A. Simple. You download it, and run it. The rest is guided to you step by step in a console window that lets you know every step that's being taken, and lets you confirm every step before it happens.
----------------------------------------

Q. What if I change my mind halfway through running it? Am I screwed?
A. Well, yes, and no. if you change your mind after the second confirmation screen notifying you that it is going to start removing, and it's already removed at lease ONE file - Yes, you're screwed - BUT only until I can get the accompanying "stock app installer" coded.
This will be a full restoration of stock apps. I'd love to make one with choices, etc. but I just don't have the time. plus there are certain apps that actually weren't on certain revisions, so this gives everyone a much more "full experience."

Q. What is "Tru-Tech Media Design Firm" and why is the copyright on every screen?
A. T.T.M.D.F. is my company that I've had in operation for the last eight years. It's a self ran web design, graphics, multimedia, and small time programming company with a sub specialization in hand-to-system Virus removal - in other words I don't need an antivirus anything, I pick them out by hand outside of the operating environment...very tech savvy level stuff :P
My copyright is plastered all over it that way I can sue anyone that tries to decompile it, or share it outside of this forum without my permission - as it's expressly written in the documentation that it's for Androidforums.com members, and no one else!


======= REMOVED APPS =======


Code:
11-11-11-10h-56m_9340_9258_answers_obfuscate-release
11-11-11-14h-16m_9340_9258_movies_obfuscate-release
BooksPhone
EmailWidget
HelpCenter
LGEmail
LGE_MS840_QuickGuide
LGE_MS840_UserGuide
LGMS840_MetroNavigator_6.3.0_Build_44_rel_PROD_signed_10072011
LGWorldClockWidget
Loopt_v4.5.4_Unified_Final31
Maps
metro-android-release-prod-1.00.49
Metro411_2.0.8_11152011
metroappstore1.5.3
MetroPCS-EasyWiFi-android-4.3.111
MetroPCS_Visual_Voicemail_3_14_22
MobilePosse_MetroPCS
MobileUpdateClient
MPCS-IMandSocial-4.0.24-0203
mpcs_stub
Music2
oem_install_flash_player
PEX-6.5.0.1.107565-metrolte-rc
PlusOne
PolarisOffice
RichNote
RichnoteWidget
SmartShare
SNS
sports
Street
Swype
Talk2
TtsService
Videos
VoiceDialer
VoiceRecorder
VoiceSearch
WeatherWidget
WhatsNew
WiFiCast
YouTube
z7-android2x
livewallpaperspicker
livewallpapaers
magicsmokewallpapers
photoframewidget
powercontrol
sihome-metropcs-android7-prod-125258_app1.3_120439_480x800_PRELOAD_SIGN
Thread topic is false advertisement! :P lol but good job on everything and everyone else that has helped you in this project. +1
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Thread topic is false advertisement! :P lol but good job on everything and everyone else that has helped you in this project. +1
Actually it's not :P
This is a mod that strips your stock applications, and I even put in the code a part where it says "LG Connect Stripper has started Dancing" Then removes all the apps :P

So if anything it's highly accurate advertising with the ability of open minded assumption, and you've just got to remove your head from the gutter :P
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Thread topic is false advertisement! :P lol but good job on everything and everyone else that has helped you in this project. +1
Actually it's not :P
This is a mod that strips your stock applications, and I even put in the code a part where it says "LG Connect Stripper has started Dancing" Then removes all the apps :P

So if anything it's highly accurate advertising with the ability of open minded assumption, and you've just got to remove your head from the gutter :P
Indeed lol won't do me any good though. Haha from the esteem community :P
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it removes maps? can I still use my navigation?
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it removes maps? can I still use my navigation?
You can download maps from the market.
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For the record, since I can't update my post...EVERYTHING that is removed with this is either obtainable through the stock apps collection I listed in the main thread, metro app store, or the google market.
These are all safe to remove, they just modify what you can/can't do with the phone.
Obviously taking off maps will remove navigation, as well as places, and Latitude, as they're part of the maps app installation procedure.

When I say they're safe, I mean that they in no way shape or form prohibit the use of cellular communications, sms, mms, voicemail, voice calls, 4g, 4glte, 2g, or 3g communications.

They remove miscellaneous features from the phone that certain users may find "undesireable."
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Indeed lol won't do me any good though. Haha from the esteem community :P
I can make one for the esteem too, I just need a list of all the apk names of the ones that would be safe to remove.

Wouldn't take me very long to code it at all.
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We apologize for any inconvenience but the OP has voiced that he will not be supporting these for a bit. As a result, this thread has been temporarily (we hope) closed. We look forward to reopening it soon!


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can this run on windows xp?
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Works on my XP
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do you run it before connecting phone to pc?
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do you run it before connecting phone to pc?
I'm assuming you're rooted and have a recovery, so MAKE A BACKUP!!!

Use the app stripper as if you were using a root kit:

Phone plugged in, LG drivers installed, of course...
USB Debug enabled (in settings> applications> development)

open up stripper and follow prompts.

*Just so you know, this will remove a TON of apps!! You will also lose TtsService.apk, which is utilized by speech engine, of course you can always find it online and re-install it if you need it.

*BACK UP your data just in case, the last step of the stripper will boot you into CWM where you can do a data wipe to maximize the strip, but this is optional. Once in CWM, just hit reboot system if you want to keep your contacts and settings.

Worked great for my Connect!
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I get the following error when running it:
Can not create some of your include files.
AdbWinApi.dll
adb.exe

D you know what might cause this error?
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I remember it came up with a couple of errors, but apps were stripped anyway. Let it run it's course and check results. It may have worked for you despite the errors
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I get the following error when running it:
Can not create some of your include files.
AdbWinApi.dll
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D you know what might cause this error?
I would attempt running it as an administrator, and see if that works. If you're using windows 8 (I built this on windows 7) then try running it in compatibility mode, as well as administrator. The reason the include files can't be built is because the system isn't granting the application access to extract the files from itself to create them locally on your desk (a necessary function for this type of application.)

Also, in addition make sure that the program is coincidentally on your "safe to run" list with your antivirus (disable it if you need to) as some may detect it to be a false positive "dropper.trojan) due to it's function call to drop files from itself to create the ADB.exe file (the server software that creates the connection between your computer and phone.)

Hope this helps some, and I'll update the main thread to include some information that has been apparently missing that others have pointed out to be "of concern to certain individuals.")
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