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Commonly Installed Programs
As of Thursday, April 17, 2014
Google Chrome is a free web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. It is designed to be secure, fast, simple and stable. Chrome supports plug-ins with the Netscape Plugin... More about Google Chrome
Google Toolbar is an Internet browser toolbar only available for Internet Explorer and Firefox. Google Toolbar is often distributed through product bundling with a primary download. Google Toolbar... More about Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
Microsoft Security Essentials is an antivirus software product that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses. It runs on... More about Microsoft Security Essentials
Apple's iTunes is a proprietary media player computer program, used for playing and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone and iPad.... More about iTunes
Bonjour Service provides a general method to discover services on a local area network. The software is widely used throughout Mac OS and Windows for iOS devices, and allows users to set up a network... More about Bonjour
Apple Mobile Device Support is required and used for the synchronisation between an Apple mobile iOS devices (iPod, iPhone or iPad) and a PC through iTunes. If uninstalled, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod... More about Apple Mobile Device Support
The Adobe Flash Player is freeware software for viewing multimedia, executing Rich Internet Applications, and streaming video and audio, content created on the Adobe Flash platform. Flash Player can... More about Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX
The main features of Office 2010 include the backstage file menu, new collaboration tools, a customizable ribbon, protected view and a navigation panel. Microsoft Office is an office suite of desktop... More about Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online, from small... More about Steam
QuickTime is an extensible multimedia framework capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. QuickTime for Microsoft Windows has always... More about QuickTime
Apple Application Support is required to run iTunes, QuickTime and other Apple installed products (do not remove this if you use any of these programs). If you remove this program you will need to... More about Apple Application Support
This program provides the Intel Management Engine Components Driver for supported notebooks with supported operating systems. The Intel management Components monitor the installed Intel hardware,... More about Intel Management Engine Components
With a Windows PC, you can use Apple Software Update for Windows to keep your Apple software up-to-date via the Internet. Apple software includes Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and... More about Apple Software Update
Microsoft Silverlight is an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, with features and purposes similar to those of Adobe Flash. The run-time environment for... More about Microsoft Silverlight
Realtek's High Definition Audio Driver provide high quality DTS, Dolby, Surround Sound to your PC via the audio card. The software comes with a number of features and functionality such as a six... More about Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their... More about Dropbox
The Adobe Flash Player is freeware software for viewing multimedia, executing Rich Internet Applications, and streaming video and audio, content created on the Adobe Flash platform. Adobe Flash Player... More about Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin
Firefox now installs an optional service called the Mozilla Maintenance Service. This service allows Firefox to install updates without requiring you to click yes in the Windows User Account Control... More about Mozilla Maintenance Service
Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. Picasa is 3 supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and has... More about Picasa 3
Windows Live Essentials is a suite of freeware applications by Microsoft that aims to offer integrated and bundled e-mail, instant messaging, photo-sharing, blog publishing, and security services.... More about Windows Live Essentials
The Program Ranks
The top 10,000 installed programs.
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Silverlight
- Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin
- Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX
- Mozilla Maintenance Service
- Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
- CCleaner by Piriform
- Windows Live Essentials by Microsoft
- Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
- Apple Software Update
- Bonjour by Apple
- Apple Application Support
- Apple Mobile Device Support
- iTunes by Apple
- Intel Management Engine Components
- QuickTime by Apple
- Intel Processor Graphics
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology
- Microsoft Office File Validation Add-In
- Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
- µTorrent by BitTorrent
- Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver
- HP Update by Hewlett-Packard
- Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
- Google Earth
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- avast! Free Antivirus by AVAST Software
- Intel Control Center
- Skype Click to Call
- Picasa 3 by Google Inc
- Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
- Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin
- Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
- Windows Live Mesh ActiveX Control for Remote Connections by Microsoft
- Java 7 Update 25 by Oracle
- Steam by Valve
- Google Drive
- Windows Live Sync by Microsoft
- Realtek USB Card Reader
- Adobe Flash Player 12 ActiveX
- Java 7 Update 45 by Oracle
- Microsoft SkyDrive
- Bing Bar by Microsoft
- Adobe Shockwave Player
- SAMSUNG USB Driver for Mobile Phones
- RealPlayer by RealNetworks
- Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin by Microsoft
- Java 7 Update 51 by Oracle
- Microsoft Office 2010
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Bloatware and trialware refer to PC manufacturers' habit of loading crippled versions of commercial software on a new computer in the hope that some will upgrade to paid editions.
Most Active Programs
As of Thursday, April 17, 2014
From the Terms of Service:
"Search Protect is a separate piece of software installed on your hard-drive in connection with your installation of a Toolbar. It is designed to protect your Search... More about Search Protect
Pando Media Booster (PMB) is an application by Pando Networks that is used by game and software publishers to ensure safe, complete and speedy downloads of large files. PMB is primarily used to... More about Pando Media Booster
The purpose of the Shop for HP Supplies program is to make it easy for users to shop online for HP supplies and to make sure that you are buying the correct supplies such as ink cartridges, toners, or... More about Shop for HP Supplies
Bundled with various adware installers. Once installed it displays numerous popups hourly which encourages users to register for the service.
The AVG SafeGuard toolbar is included in AVG Technologies’s family of security software, as a standalone program, and as a third party bundles. AVG Security Toolbar incluedes a link scanner that... More about AVG SafeGuard toolbar
The program is distributed by Amonetize ltd., a program bundling/installation monitization platform. "We provide our own installer software component. Our installer easily integrates with any Windows... More about Software Version Updater
Mobogenie uses the OpenCandy, Quick Downloader, Conduit and various other monetization programs to bundle with third party installers.
FilesFrog Update Checker a software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software updates for any software downloaded... More about FilesFrog Update Checker
The Ask Toolbar is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning) during the installation of other... More about Ask Toolbar
Coupon Printer for Windows is software that allows users to build and print coupons that will be accepted at retail stores from Coupons.com. The printer application also bundles the CouponBar, a web... More about Coupon Printer for Windows
The DMUninstaller is part of and installed by DomaIQ, an potentially unwanted program that displays pop-up advertisements. The program says it is an installer of legitimate software, however the... More about DMUninstaller
Acer Registration is a program that is pre-installed with Acer laptops. If the laptop has not yet been registered with Acer it will periodically popup and promt the user to register. It runs as a... More about Acer Registration
The Somoto Better Installer program is designed to install affiliated co-bundles of potentially unwanted applications. During installation of a pay per install bundle via Somoto's affiliate program,... More about Bundled software uninstaller
Mysearchdial is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer (BHO) and... More about Mysearchdial
Utility bundled with Toshiba laptops in order to register the new laptop.
iLivid is a video download manager for YouTube and other third-party video hosted web sites. iLivid includes a bundled includes a bundled VLC Player as well as the Tourch web browser and an Ask.com... More about iLivid
DefaultTab is developed by Search Results. which modifies your search provider and home page. It also modifies search results and send your web surfing behavior to its partners to send you targeted... More about DefaultTab
The Spigot Search Settings is an application which is part of the Spigot Toolbar. Spigot searchsettings.exe'spurpose is to check periodically your default search engine and restore it to Yahoo in case...” More about Search Protection
The software is typically bundled with third party installers such as Open Candy. "Offer your users a free system maintenance and utility suite to help them get the most out of their PC’s... More about Baidu PC Faster
This is a variant of the SK.Enhancer trojan hijacker which will modify the web browser search and home pages as well as download additional software from givemefilesnow.info (and other sites).
Wajam is a search-enhancement product, but it does not change homepage or search. This product shows display and/or text ads into third-party websites which may alter normal web page layouts. Wajam is... More about Wajam
The Hewlett-Packard Customer Experience Enhancements is bundled with most HP PCs and can be easily removed. It provides PC users added 'enhancements' with the new computer and in many cases depedning... More about HP Customer Experience Enhancements
Yahoo! Toolbar is a toolbar that installs on the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, within the context of internet access functions. It allows access to several functions, including Yahoo! Search... More about Yahoo! Toolbar
Optimizer Pro by PC Utilities Pro is a program that is promoted as a system optimization tool. Some versions of this program may display deceptive or fraudulent claims about files, registry cleaning,... More about Optimizer Pro
Because our apps are cloud based, you don’t need to download them to your computer. Instead you access them through the Internet. They save your valuable hard drive space; you always have the latest,...” More about Toshiba App Place
From the EULA: "SaveSense provides you with services which are intended to enhance your online shopping experience, showing you same products or different stores with cheaper prices and exposing you... More about SaveSense
This is an adware bundle distributed through a download manager. These packages are ad-supported that include the original program as well as the included advertiser software, mostly web browser... More about VO Package
Slick Savings is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer (BHO) and... More about Slick Savings
QuickShare, also know as Smartbar, is an auto-starting program that is typically bundled with various shareware software. It displays advertising and is designed to run when Windows boots up. In... More about QuickShare
Snap.Do is a web browser addin/toolbar (depending on the browser it is installed within) that plugs into all the major web browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Snap.Do provides... More about Snap.Do
The Delta Toolbar is a web browser plugin that supports Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. It is typically bundled with various third party software. When installed, it will modify the user's home... More about Delta toolbar
File Type Assistant is typically bundled by various 3rd party software through modified installers of generally free open source software using the InstallIQ downloader. The modified InstallIQ... More about File Type Assistant
The IB (IncrediBar) Updater Service is designed to keep the Perion IncrediBar web browser toolbar (and other related products) up to date. The IB Updater Service runs in the background and... More about IB Updater Service
Once infected by this common symptoms include:
- Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks.
- Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
- Ads with red click here... More about Media View