@dogberry: I got sidetracked by all kinds of things (some sad) and wanted to reply to you. I found what looks like all the Asus good n' bad installed on the main C drive. If you're not aware of it, you might be interested in this post where someone has gone thru and makes a "keep or uninstall" evaluation of the typical Asus pre-installed stuff.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus...are-guide.html

Hope you find this useful. Thanks for your assistance!