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Should I remove Macromedia Shockwave Player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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United States Rank #9,339
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VersionDistribution 3.77% 9.72% 61.90% 24.60%

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Macromedia Shockwave Player

What is Macromedia Shockwave Player?  (from Macromedia)

Shockwave Player is the web standard for powerful multimedia playback. The Shockwave Player allows you to view interactive web content like games, business presentations, entertainment, and advertisements from your web browser. Over 200 million web users have installed the Macromedia Shockwave Player. These people now ...  Read more


Macromedia Shockwave Player is a program developed by Macromedia. The most used version is, 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 main program executable is SwInit.exe. The software installer includes 237 files and is usually about 4.13 MB (4,327,858 bytes). PostUpdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 48% of users of Macromedia Shockwave Player come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: helpx.adobe.com/shockwave.html
Help link: www.macromedia.com/support/shockwave
Installation folder: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Shockwave 10
Uninstaller: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\SHOCKW~1\UNWISE.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\SHOCKW~1\Install.log
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Estimated size: 4.13 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Macromedia Shockwave Player

Program executable:SwInit.exe
Shockwave Init
Path:C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Shockwave 10\SwInit.exe
Additional files:
  • Plugin.dll - Shockwave for Director (Macromedia Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 10.1.0)
  • PluginPing.dll
  • dirapi.dll - Director MX 2004 (Director Player)
  • Download.dll - Shockwave UltraShim
  • Download.exe
  • iml32.dll - IML
  • Proj.dll
  • Control.dll - Shockwave (Shockwave ActiveX Control)
  • DynaPlayer.dll - DynaBound Player
  • SwInit.exe - Shockwave Init
  • SwMenu.dll - Shockwave Context Menu Support
  • SwOnce.dll - Shockwave Player
  • dirapiX.dll (by Adobe Systems)
  • iml32X.dll (by Adobe Systems)
  • SwMenuX.dll
  • PostUpdate.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • UNWISE.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{D124A613-2DCA-41D4-BD97-2AA19C48545C}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Macromedia Shockwave Player?

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

Win XP 71%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 80.56%
Windows 7 13.69%
Windows Vista 4.37%
Windows 8 1.39%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 80.53%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.88%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.85%
Windows 7 Professional 2.84%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.43%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.01%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.31% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.31%
  United Kingdom 6.42%
  Germany 6.10%
  Taiwan 5.46%
  Canada 4.17%
  France 3.37%
  Spain 2.09%
  Australia 1.93%
  Brazil 1.61%
  India 1.61%
  Israel 1.61%
  Belgium 1.28%
  Italy 1.28%
  Hong Kong 1.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.27%
Hewlett-Packard 15.31%
Intel 14.66%
American Megatrends 11.73%
Sahara 8.14%
Toshiba 3.26%
ASUS 2.93%
Acer 2.93%
Common models
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 4.43%
Dell Computer Dimension 3... 3.16%
MEDIONPC MS-7091 2.53%

About Macromedia

Macromedia was a graphics and web development software company that produced such products as Flash and Dreamweaver and was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005.
Publisher URL: www.adobe.com


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