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If you are happy without bars, then there's no point to continue. However, I urge you to check the many other postings in this forum about watching the picture in the aspect ratio intended.
I don't have this "choose a few" option mode in my menu. You want to look for something to tell your box what to do when you have a 4:3 picture. In my box, it's called "4:3 override". It tells the box to automatically stretch the picture based on 480i or 480p.
From my manual, which is probably different than your STB (Set Top Box):
Selects the DVI or YPbPr (Component video) output format of the DCT* when it is tuned to 4:3 standard definition programs. Defaults to 480i.
Options are OFF, 480i or 480p. If the DVI/YPbPr Output is set to 480i, this setting becomes redundant and defaults to OFF. This setting provides the ability to specify how 4:3 pictures are to be displayed on your TV. Most TV programming is 4:3 aspect ratio (square).
Selecting OFF will display regular TV programs that are 4:3 aspect ratio in widescreen format. If you have a widescreen TV, black bars will be placed on the left and right of the picture to fit your screen.
Selecting 480i will transmit TV programs that are not high definition in their original 480i format.
Look for something in your manual that says something similar. I can't help you because I don't have your model. It may be easier to just try different selections. Setup your STB for widescreen, then watch a "known" 4:3 channel and keep playing with the settings until you get what you want. Then, switch to an HD channel and see that the screen is filled out correctly (no black bars, no overscan).