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Should I remove Microsoft Download Manager?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
18% remove it82% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,348
United States Rank #1,992
Reach 0.3104%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.18 days
447.92 days >
Average installed length: 235.35 days


1.2.1 97.27%
1.2.0 2.11%
1.0.1 0.62%

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Microsoft Download Manager

What is Microsoft Download Manager?

The Microsoft Download Manager enables you to download files simply and easily. It also makes downloading large files such as application and multimedia files quick and reliable. It was specifically designed to help users manage file downloads from supporting Microsoft Web sites. Once started, the Microsoft Download Manager’s easy-to-use interface displays the status of downloads and enables you to suspend active downloads or resume downloads that have failed.


The most common release is 1.2.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named msdownloadmanager.exe. The setup package generally installs about 29 files and is usually about 571.5 KB (585,216 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27960
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\defaultfolder
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{654977DB-0001-0002-0001-EABD228DDE8B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 571.5 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Download Manager

Program executable:msdownloadmanager.exe
Name:Microsoft Download Manager
Path:C:\programmer\microsoft download manager\msdownloadmanager.exe
Additional files:
  • downloadmanagercore.dll - Microsoft Download Manager (DownloadManagerCore)
  • bingapp.exe - Bing Bar (Bing Client Application Process)
  • bingbar.exe - Bing Client Extensions
  • bingext.dll
  • common.dll - Bing Client Common Library
  • defmgr.dll - Microsoft Default Manager
  • npmsdm.dll - Microsoft Download Manager Plugin (1,1,1850,0)
  • seanote.dll - Microsoft Search Note
  • seaport.exe - Microsoft SeaPort Search Enhancement Broker

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • bingext.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Bing Bar Helper' with the class of {d2ce3e00-f94a-4740-988e-03dc2f38c34f}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • bingext.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Bing Bar' with the class of {8dcb7100-df86-4384-8842-8fa844297b3f} (Bing).
  • seaport.exe runs as a service named 'BBUpdate' (BBUpdate) "Enables the detection, download and installation of up-to-date configuration files for Bing Bar. Also provides server communication for the customer experience improvement program. Stopping or disabling this service may prevent you from getting the latest updates for Bing Bar, which may expose your computer to security vulnerabilities or functional flaws in the Bing Bar.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.28 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0013269520%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00077837%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00054858%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:5,460
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:58 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:125 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Microsoft Download Manager?

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

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Microsoft Download Manager you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win XP 49%
Win 8.1 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 18%
Keep it 82%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 50.50%
Windows 7 35.78%
Windows 8 7.50%
Windows Vista 5.94%
Windows Server 2003 0.25%
Windows 8.1 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 50.67%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.59%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.18%
Windows 7 Professional 7.61%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.32%
Windows 8.1 1.80%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.40% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.40%
  Germany 6.31%
  United Kingdom 5.13%
  Canada 3.75%
  Italy 2.57%
  Australia 2.03%
  France 1.65%
  Japan 1.59%
  Brazil 1.49%
  Netherlands 1.45%
  India 1.43%
  Taiwan 1.30%
  Sweden 1.03%
  Belgium 0.87%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 36.82%
Hewlett-Packard 19.09%
Acer 9.21%
Intel 7.19%
American Megatrends 6.82%
ASUS 4.71%
Sahara 4.55%
Lenovo 1.32%
Toshiba 1.16%
Samsung 1.12%
Common models
Dell Dell DM051 3.85%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.50%
Dell OptiPlex 745 ... 3.03%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.91%
Dell OptiPlex GX620 ... 2.33%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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