MSI’s motherboards are great, but they do come with some bloatware. The main gripe is cFosSpeed, which will not stay uninstalled for many users who just want it clogging up their system. Luckily, it means nothing to your Windows 11 or 10 OS and can be safely deleted without any further issues. It’s a quick process, but has two methods in case one doesn’t work.
For more about Windows 11, we have a whole dedicated hub, which might help you with some of the newer issues cropping up during the first few days of using the new OS!
How to Uninstall cFosSpeed
If you want to get rid of the annoyance that is cFosSpeed, follow the below steps to get it done correctly.
Dragon Center Uninstall
You’ll want to grab MSI’s Dragon Center, their own piece of software that’s intended to help manage your motherboard’s extra features. It’ll take a while to install, so go grab a drink and when you come back, it should present something along the lines of “Sign in”, but we can just skip this entirely and head straight into the Support section.
Scan your system with Dragon Center
Dragon Center has a built-in scanning feature that will scrub through your entire system looking for anything that it can help you manage. MSI boards come with some bloatware, but it’s usually harmless, however, cFosSpeed can cause issues with your internet connection as it’s intended to help automate what uses and how these particular programs use the bandwidth. In theory, it’s supposed to reduce ping, but what it’s actually doing is prioritizing things on your connection to ensure you get the best connection, not that it could fix your horrible ping if you’re connecting to another country’s server.
Delete cFosSpeed from Dragon Center
When you finish scanning, you’ll be presented with a list of functions that the system has found. If cFosSpeed isn’t there, you’ll want to head to our other method, which forcefully deletes the whole thing off your computer without Red Dragon.
If it is there, you can press delete and get rid of it – hopefully for good!
Closeout of Dragon Center, reboot and see if it appears again. If it does, you can just use the next steps.
Delete cFosSpeed with Dragon Center
A super simple step, you just want to go through your Program Files (x86), then into MSI, and into One Dragon Center. Here, there’s a file called “LanManager”, which you’ll want to go into before you delete anything. Use the uninstaller located in the folder. You’ll notice the .dll file is still there, which is a bugbear and presumably used to bring back the program after the fact by Dragon Center.
Open Task Manager and delete LanManager
To delete it, press CTRL+ALT+DEL and launch Task Manager (or search for it on your start bar). Once it’s up, look for MSIcentralserver.exe and right-click, end the process. This is why it can’t get deleted. You can then delete the .dll file and the folder.