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Should I remove BearShare?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #46,460
United States Rank #39,632
Reach 0.0018%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.62 days
37.36 days >
Average installed length: 19.63 days


VersionDistribution 76.00% 4.00% 4.00% 8.00% 4.00% 4.00%

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What is BearShare?

BearShare is a peer-to-peer file sharing application originally created by Free Peers now sold by MusicLab (iMesh).

About  (from Free Peers)

BearShare is a free and the best music downloading software. It lets you find, download, share, and publish audio and video files. With BearShare 12 you get: Facebook connect – Sign in to Bearshare with your Facebook account; Favorites – mark tracks as Favorites and add them to your 'Favorites' playlist with one click;...  Read more


BearShare is a software program developed by Free Peers. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named bearshare.exe. The setup package generally installs about 35 files and is usually about 7.11 MB (7,457,914 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 61% of users of BearShare come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Norway.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.freepeers.com
Help link: bearshare.com/help.htm
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\BearShare
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files2\BEARSH~1\UNWISE.EXE C:\Program Files2\BEARSH~1\INSTALL.LOG
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Estimated size: 7.11 MB

Program filesFiles installed by BearShare

Program executable:bearshare.exe
Name:BearShare (Lite)
Path:C:\Program Files\bearshare\bearshare.exe
Additional files:
  • BSLITEINSTALL.exe - BearShare Installer
  • RunMSC.dll (by McAfee.com) - McAfee.com SecurityCenter Launcher (RunMSC Module)
  • BSidle.dll
  • Webstats.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • UNWISE.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{E8CCBD57-E682-48BE-98A5-8B1BF164ACDD}' (runs on registration).
  • UNWISE.EXE runs as a service named 'Browser System Enahncer' (671c50b0).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • BearShare.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BearShare' which loads as "C:\Program Files\BearShare\BearShare.exe" /pause.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • BearShare.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BearShare\BearShare.exe'.
  • UNWISE.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\UNWISE.EXE'.

How do I remove BearShare?

Quickly and completely remove BearShare from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall BearShare 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 BearShare, 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 BearShare.

Win 7 (SP1) 36%
Win 7 4%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 40.00%
Windows XP 28.00%
Windows Vista 20.00%
Windows 8 12.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 28.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 16.00%
Windows 10 Pro 4.00%
Windows 7 Professional 4.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.98%
  Germany 9.76%
  Norway 4.88%
  India 4.88%
  United Kingdom 4.88%
  TT 2.44%
  Thailand 2.44%
  Luxembourg 2.44%
  Croatia 2.44%
  United Arab Emirates 2.44%
  Italy 2.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 22.73%
Hewlett-Packard 22.73%
Lenovo 9.09%
Gateway 9.09%
ASUS 9.09%
Acer 4.55%
Intel 4.55%
Toshiba 4.55%
Packard Bell 4.55%
Sahara 4.55%
Common models
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