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Should I remove Adobe Shockwave Player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #113
United States Rank #110
Reach 4.6853%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.75 days
376.06 days >
Average installed length: 197.59 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
12.1.9.160 3.97%
12.1.9.159 1.68%
12.1.8.158 8.50%
12.1.7.157 13.24%
12.1.6.156 6.28%
12.1.5.155 6.88%
12.1.4.154 5.27%
12.1.3.153 23.95%
12.1.2.152 6.16%
12.1.1.151 10.30%
12.1.0.150 13.75%
10.2.0.22 0.00%

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Adobe Shockwave Player 12.1

What is Adobe Shockwave Player?

Adobe Shockwave (formerly Macromedia Shockwave) is a multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages. It allows Adobe Director applications to be published on the Internet and viewed in a web browser on any computer which has the Shockwave plug-in installed. Shockwave movies are authored in the Adobe Director environment. While there is support for including Flash movies inside Shockwave files, authors often choose the Shockwave Director combination over Flash because it offers more features and more powerful tools. Features not replicated by Flash include a much faster rendering engine, including hardware-accelerated 3D, and support for various network protocols, including Internet Relay Chat.

Overview

The most common release is 12.1.3.153, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named swinit.exe. The setup package generally installs about 97 files and is usually about 33.15 MB (34,756,945 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/support/shockwave
Installation folder: C:\Windows\system32\Adobe
Uninstaller: "C:\Windows\system32\Adobe\Shockwave 12\uninstaller.exe"
Estimated size: 33.15 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Shockwave Player 12.1

Program executable:swinit.exe
Name:Shockwave
Shockwave Init
Path:C:\Windows\System32\adobe\shockwave 12\swinit.exe
MD5:e7d46c0783f43614108668cc445f89d3
Additional files:
  • SVGControl.dll - Adobe SVG Viewer Control (SVGControl Module 2.0)
  • NPSVGVw.dll - Adobe SVG Viewer Plugin (SVG Viewer 2.0 for Netscape)
  • np32dsw_1167637.dll - Shockwave for Director (Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.7.637)
  • np32dsw_1168638.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.8.638
  • np32dsw_1202122.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.0.2.122
  • np32dsw_1203133.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.0.3.133
  • np32dsw_1204144.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.0.4.144
  • np32dsw_1205146.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.0.5.146
  • np32dsw_1209149.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.0.9.149
  • np32dsw_1210150.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1
  • np32dsw_1211151.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.1.151
  • np32dsw_1212152.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.2.152
  • np32dsw_1213153.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.3.153
  • np32dsw_1214154.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.4.154
  • np32dsw_1215155.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.5.155
  • np32dsw_1217157.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.7.157
  • np32dsw_1218158.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.8.158
  • Plugin.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.1.3
  • uninstaller.exe - Adobe Shockwave Player
  • dirapi.dll - Director 12.0 (Director Player)
  • iml32.dll - IML
  • Proj.dll
  • Control.dll - Shockwave (Shockwave ActiveX Control)
  • DynaPlayer.dll - DynaBound Player
  • SwDir_1207148.dll
  • SwDir_1209149.dll
  • SwDir_1210150.dll
  • SwDir_1211151.dll
  • SwDir_1212152.dll
  • SwDir_1213153.dll
  • SwDir_1215155.dll
  • SwDir_1216156.dll
  • SwDir_1217157.dll
  • SwDir_1218158.dll
  • SWDNLD.EXE - Shockwave Download Module
  • SwHelper_1168638.exe - Shockwave Helper
  • SwHelper_1200112.exe
  • SwHelper_1202122.exe
  • SwHelper_1203133.exe
  • SwHelper_1204144.exe
  • SwHelper_1205146.exe
  • SwHelper_1206147.exe
  • SwHelper_1207148.exe
  • SwHelper_1209149.exe
  • SwHelper_1210150.exe
  • SwHelper_1211151.exe
  • SwHelper_1212152.exe
  • SwHelper_1213153.exe
  • SwHelper_1214154.exe
  • SwHelper_1215155.exe
  • SwHelper_1216156.exe
  • SwHelper_1217157.exe
  • SwHelper_1218158.exe
  • SwMenu.dll - Shockwave Context Menu Support
  • CoolType.dll - CoolType (CoolType Typography Engine)
  • SVGView.dll - SVGView (SVGView Module 2.0)
  • AceLite.dll - ACE (Adobe Color Engine)
  • Agm.dll - AGM (Adobe Graphics Manager)
  • Bib.dll - BIB (Bravo Interface Binder)
  • SVG3AGM.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

14 Google Chrome Plugins
  • np32dsw_1217157.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'np32dsw_1217157.dll'.
  • np32dsw_1215155.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'np32dsw.dll'.
  • np32dsw_1214154.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'np32dsw_1214154.dll'.
  • np32dsw_1213153.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'np32dsw_1213153.dll'.
  • np32dsw_1212152.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'np32dsw_1212152.dll'.
  • np32dsw_1209149.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'np32dsw.dll'.
  • Plus 8 more
15 Mozilla Plugins
  • np32dsw_1218158.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Shockwave Player' with a plugin key of [email protected]/ShockwavePlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • np32dsw_1217157.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Shockwave Player' with a plugin key of [email protected]/ShockwavePlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • np32dsw_1215155.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Shockwave Player' with a plugin key of [email protected]/ShockwavePlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • np32dsw_1214154.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Shockwave Player' with a plugin key of [email protected]/ShockwavePlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • np32dsw_1210150.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]/ShockwavePlayer' with a plugin key of [email protected]/ShockwavePlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • np32dsw_1213153.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Shockwave Player' with a plugin key of [email protected]/ShockwavePlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • Plus 9 more
Scheduled Task
  • SWDNLD.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{F6551F68-F271-4BD7-A507-4E0ECA98C82F}' (runs on registration).
14 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • SwHelper_1216156.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Shockwave Updater' which loads as C:\Windows\System32\Adobe\SHOCKW~1\SWHELP~1.EXE -Update -1103472 -"Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; Trident/4.0; FunWebProducts; GTB6.4; Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT.
  • SwHelper_1211151.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Shockwave Updater' which loads as "C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\Adobe\Shockwave 12\SwHelper_1211151.exe" -Update.
  • SwHelper_1212152.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Shockwave Updater' which loads as C:\Windows\System32\Adobe\SHOCKW~1\SWHELP~1.EXE -Update -1100465 -"Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; Trident/4.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Media Center PC 5.0; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; ..
  • SwHelper_1213153.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Shockwave Updater' which loads as C:\Windows\System32\Adobe\SHOCKW~1\SWHELP~1.EXE -Update -1103472 -"Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; GTB6; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; eSobiSubscriber 2.0.4.16; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NE.
  • SwHelper_1209149.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Shockwave Updater' which loads as "C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\Adobe\Shockwave 12\SwHelper_1209149.exe" -Update.
  • SwHelper_1206147.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Shockwave Updater' which loads as C:\Windows\System32\Adobe\SHOCKW~1\SWHELP~1.EXE -Update -1103472 -"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/8.0.552.237 Safari/534.10" -"httC://hig.
  • Plus 8 more

How do I remove Adobe Shockwave Player?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Shockwave Player 12.1 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Adobe Shockwave Player from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Adobe Shockwave Player 12.1, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Adobe Shockwave Player.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Shockwave Player 12.1 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win 8 0%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.74%
Windows 8 36.83%
Windows Vista 4.59%
Windows XP 3.78%
Windows 8.1 0.05%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.67%
Windows 8.1 15.26%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.68%
Windows 7 Professional 10.58%
Windows 10 Home 6.87%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.90% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.90%
  Germany 7.05%
  United Kingdom 5.52%
  Canada 3.49%
  France 2.33%
  Brazil 2.32%
  Italy 2.29%
  Netherlands 1.79%
  Australia 1.78%
  India 1.41%
  Belgium 0.93%
  Spain 0.87%
  Sweden 0.84%
  Romania 0.81%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 36.98%
Dell 19.21%
Acer 14.55%
ASUS 8.85%
Toshiba 6.38%
GIGABYTE 4.39%
Lenovo 4.10%
Samsung 3.15%
Intel 1.09%
American Megatrends 0.70%
Medion 0.60%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.35%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.34%
ASUS All Series 4.67%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.13%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.67%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.41%

About Adobe Systems

Adobe Systems Incorporated is computer program company focused on the creation of multimedia & creativity program products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Net application program development.
Publisher URL: www.adobe.com

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