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Lightning Download


Lightning Download is a software program developed by Headlight Software. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named lightning.exe. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 5.46 MB (5,729,178 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 50% of users of Lightning Download come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.LightningDownload.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Lightning Download\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Lightning Download\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 5.46 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Lightning Download

Program executable:lightning.exe
Name:Lightning Download
Lightning Download® see: www.LightningDownload.com
Path:C:\Program Files\lightning download\lightning.exe
Additional files:
  • NPLtngDl.dll - Lightning Download® Plugin www.lightningdownload.com (Lightning Download Opera/Mozilla Plug-In)
  • AdminPrivSetting.exe - (Shared by Headlight Software Products) (Change Settings that need Admin Privileges)
  • LD_Catch.dll - Lightning Download (Lightning Download's Click Monitoring. www.lightningdownload.com)
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • alclient.dll (by Icenet) - Anti-Leech client library
  • dunzip32.dll (by Inner Media) - DynaZip-32 Multi-Threading UnZip DLL
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • LD_Catch.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'IE to Lightning Helper' with the class of {F1FF080D-12A3-439A-A2EF-4BA95A3148E8}.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Lightning.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Lightning Download' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lightning Download\Lightning.exe.

How do I remove Lightning Download?

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

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Lightning Download you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win XP 17%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows 8 33.33%
Windows XP 16.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 16.67%
Windows 10 Pro 16.67%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.67%
Windows 7 Professional 16.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.67%
Windows 8 Enterprise 16.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.00%
  Brazil 12.50%
  Canada 12.50%
  France 12.50%
  Israel 12.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 50.00%
Sony 25.00%
Common models
Sony VPCCA15FA 16.67%
Semp Toshiba Informatica ... 16.67%
Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4 16.67%
Dell Latitude D630 16.67%
Dell Inspiron N5050 16.67%
ASUS All Series 16.67%

About (from Headlight Software, Inc.)

Headlight Software was founded by Michael Burford. The first product was the GetRight Download Manager, which was released in February 1997.
Publisher URL: www.headlightinc.com


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