I know you can delete them from the screen, but I can still go into running apps and see that it's trying to run. Any way to completely take the Social Networking/News/etc. widgets completely off the phone, or do I need to root?
Cant remove them, even with root. Well you can, but the chances of you messing up the system are very high. After we got root people starting removing bloat ware and soon discovered that a lot of these things are tied directly to the system and it messed things up bad.