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Should I remove ShowWords?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
86% remove it14% keep it
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How common is it?
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What is ShowWords?

This adware injects itself into the user's web browser (IE, Chrome and Firefox) and will display out-of context advertising on web sites that are not associated with the software or its affiliate partners. Advertisements will be displayed as banner and video ads, search related ads, transitional and in-text ads and links. The software will also periodically self-update and call home for instructions as well as additional ad feeds and reporting of how the user interacts with the software as well as what domains and web pages the user visits.


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). 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 primary executable is named ShowWords_wd.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 1.29 MB (1,348,931 bytes).
ShowWords has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove ShowWords.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: ShowWords software
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\showwords
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\ShowWords\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.29 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ShowWords

Program executable:ShowWords_wd.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\showwords\ShowWords_wd.exe
Additional files:
  • ShowWords_up.exe
  • ShowWords_wd.exe
  • ShowWords155.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • Sqlite3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • ShowWords_wd.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ShowWords_wd' (runs daily at 10:04 AM).
  • ShowWords_up.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ShowWords Update' (runs daily at 9:53 AM).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • ShowWords_wd.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ShowWords_wd.
  • ShowWords_up.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ShowWords Update.
  • ShowWords155.exe runs as a service named 'ShowWords' (ShowWords).

How do I remove ShowWords?

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Or, you can uninstall ShowWords 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 ShowWords, 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 ShowWords.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8 25%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 86%
Keep it 14%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.00%
Windows 8 25.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 50.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 25.00%
Windows 8.1 25.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.14%
  Australia 14.29%
  Kuwait 14.29%
  Austria 14.29%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Samsung 33.33%
Acer 33.33%
Common models
Supermicro X9DAi 25.00%
Samsung RC410/RC510/RC710... 25.00%
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 25.00%
Acer Veriton 7900 25.00%


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