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What percent of users and experts removed it?
19% remove it81% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,119
United States Rank #1,103
Reach 0.7243%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.78 days
111.58 days >
Average installed length: 58.63 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2.3.1384.2669 0.06%
2.2.1337.2613 2.91%
2.2.1305.2570 0.69%
2.1.1265.2535 8.44%
2.1.1222.2486 0.37%
2.1.1199.2443 4.25%
2.1.1185.2413 0.01%
2.1.1178.2408 1.86%
2.1.1159.2383 2.01%
2.1.1151.2370 0.01%
2.1.1142.2354 0.01%
2.1.1137.2345 0.02%
2.1.1133.2333 4.06%
2.1.1108.2313 1.71%
2.1.1095.2272 3.04%
2.1.1091.2268 0.01%
2.1.1079.2249 0.04%
2.1.1069.2241 0.20%
2.1.1068.2239 0.01%
2.1.1065.2233 0.02%
2.1.1051.2187 0.01%
2.0.1043.2165 0.01%
2.0.1025.2130 16.21%
2.0.1013.2086 2.79%
1.1.987.2028 4.66%
1.1.980.2014 2.47%
1.1.962.1972 0.01%
1.1.949.1949 0.09%
1.1.942.1928 0.03%
1.1.934.1897 0.03%
1.1.933.1893 0.07%
1.1.922.1860 19.08%
1.1.913.1833 0.83%
1.1.908.1803 1.85%
1.1.894.1779 2.22%
1.1.885.1766 1.53%
1.1.862.1653 5.49%
1.1.844.1586 7.31%
1.1.842.1583 0.12%
1.0.813.1538 2.05%
1.0.788.1475 0.67%
1.0.770.1475 0.15%
1.0.757.1446 0.86%
1.0.748.1434 0.06%
1.0.702.1343 0.75%
1.0.692.1318 0.13%
1.0.691.1317 0.01%
1.0.684.1252 0.08%
0.9.653.1180 0.21%
0.9.636.1149 0.04%
0.9.583.1066 0.45%
52 versions

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Web Companion

What is Web Companion?  (from Lavasoft)

Web Companion secures your browser’s settings against unauthorized changes and acts as a buffer between your browser and malicious sites. For a better, safer and lighter web experience, Ad-Aware Web Companion compliments your antivirus and browser’s protection against the latest and freshest malware and attacks – by fl...  Read more

Overview

Web Companion is a software program developed by Lavasoft. The most common release is 1.1.922.1860, 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 primary executable is named Lavasoft.AdAware.dll. The setup package generally installs about 47 files and is usually about 11.75 MB (12,316,583 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 8 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 48% of users of Web Companion come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.Lavasoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\lavasoft\web companion\application
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Web Companion\Application\Installer.exe" --uninstall
Estimated size: 11.75 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Web Companion

Program module:Lavasoft.AdAware.dll
Name:AdAware
Path:C:\Program Files\lavasoft\web companion\application\Lavasoft.AdAware.dll
MD5:422f03919e6c08f9cff4d58aeff7cbbe
Additional files:
  • Installer.exe - Web Companion Installer
  • AASearchCompanion.exe - Search Companion
  • WebCompanion.exe - Web Companion
  • WebCompanionExtensionIE.dll - Powered by Lavasoft Malware URL Blocker technology, Ad-Aware Web Companion proactively protects you against malicious websites by identifying the bad guys before you ever visit them. When you visit a website that contains malware, Ad-Aware Web Companion will instantly alert you of the threat and blo
  • WebCompanionInstaller.exe
  • WebCompanionWebUI.exe - WebCompanion
  • Interop.LavasoftTcpServiceLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'LavasoftTcpServiceLib'.
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • Interop.SHDocVw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • Interop.Shell32.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'Shell32'.
  • Lavasoft.SearchProtect.Repositories.dll - SearchProtect.Repositories
  • Lavasoft.CSharp.Utilities.dll - Lavasoft.CSharp.Utilities
  • Lavasoft.PUP.Management.dll - Lavasoft.PUP.Management
  • Lavasoft.SearchProtect.Business.dll - SearchProtect.Business
  • Lavasoft.adblocker.dll - Lavasoft.adblocker
  • Lavasoft.SearchProtect.WinService.exe - SPWindowsService
  • Lavasoft.SysInfo.dll - Lavasoft.SysInfo
  • Lavasoft.SearchProtect.Service.Logger.dll - ServiceLogger
  • Lavasoft.Utils.SqlLite.dll - Utils.SqlLite
  • ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll (by ICSharpCode.net) - #ZipLibrary (SharpZipLibrary unlabelled version)
  • Lavasoft.Automation.dll - Automation (Lavasoft.Automation)
  • Lavasoft.SearchProtect.WcfService.dll - SPWcfLib
  • Lavasoft.AdAware.dll - AdAware
  • log4net.dll (by The Apache Software Foundation) - log4net (Apache log4net for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • Lavasoft.Utils.dll - Utils
  • Lavasoft.IEController.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • WebCompanion.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7DEB2A86-5E2B-4C48-B081-DE73F18B3725}' (runs on registration).
  • WebCompanionInstaller.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{189A2292-4923-48D4-AC13-9E62F04C0CE1}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • WebCompanion.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Web Companion_Reg_HKCURun_S-1-5-21-1938030942-462976360-858643076-1002.
Service
  • Lavasoft.SearchProtect.WinService.exe runs as a service named 'IE Search Set' (SearchProtectionService).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • WebCompanion.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Web Companion' and executes as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Web Companion\Application\WebCompanion.exe --minimize.
  • AASearchCompanion.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Ad-Aware Search Companion' and executes as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Web Companion\Application\AASearchCompanion.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WebCompanion.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Web Companion' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Web Companion\Application\WebCompanion.exe --minimize.

How do I remove Web Companion?

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

HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 19%
Keep it 81%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#1,119

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 49.68%
Windows 7 45.37%
Windows Vista 2.93%
Windows XP 1.89%
Windows 8.1 0.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.88%
Windows 8.1 22.60%
Windows 10 Home 11.32%
Windows 7 Professional 10.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.71%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.89% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.89%
  Germany 17.31%
  United Kingdom 5.49%
  France 3.65%
  Australia 3.15%
  Canada 2.43%
  Italy 1.35%
  Netherlands 1.18%
  Austria 0.93%
  DZ 0.90%
  Sweden 0.69%
  India 0.64%
  BD 0.60%
  Indonesia 0.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.70%
Dell 17.98%
Acer 17.10%
ASUS 8.77%
Toshiba 7.13%
Lenovo 6.22%
Medion 4.99%
GIGABYTE 3.42%
Samsung 2.94%
Intel 0.75%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 7.25%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.97%
ASUS All Series 3.80%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.75%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.06%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 2.89%

About Lavasoft

Lavasoft is a development company that produces anti-spyware software, most known for Ad-Aware.
Publisher URL: www.lavasoft.com

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