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Should I remove ARO 2012?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,545
United States Rank #2,807
Reach 0.1154%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.04 days
886.24 days >
Average installed length: 465.65 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
8.0 100.00%

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ARO 2012

What is ARO 2012?

ARO is a PC optimization software that is typically bundled by the CNet/Download.com managed installer. Although ARO is a safe program, its installation can sometimes be overlooked if it was installed via a software bundle.

About  (from Support.com)

ARO is an advanced repair and optimization utility designed to help improve and maintain computers running the Windows operating system (both 32- and 64-bit). ARO focuses on finding errors that hide out in the Windows registry, identifying PC and web browser clutter that may be hindering PC performance and ensuring com...  Read more

Overview

Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 aro.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 12 files and is usually about 16.64 MB (17,448,428 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ARO 2012.
ARO.exe (20b05efcafb27a6b11a501228336bc7b) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.7 Trojan/Win32.Patched.gen
Rising Antivirus 23.00.65.13626 Suspicious

Program detailsProgram details

URL: go.support.com?linkid=101045
Help link: go.support.com?linkid=101048
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ARO 2012\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\ARO 2012\unins000.exe" /silent
Estimated size: 16.64 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ARO 2012

Program executable:aro.exe
Name:ARO 2012
Path:C:\Program Files\aro 2012\aro.exe
MD5:1b73278f5a14a4a401c7a26d71c418eb
Additional files:
  • CleanSchedule.exe - ARO 2012
  • soref.dll - SammSoft Referrer Utility
  • AROSS.dll
  • CheckForV4.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ARO.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E2BD4163-709C-424D-B7B7-711A6C6E4CFE}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • ARO.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AROReminder' and executes as C:\Program Files\ARO 2012\ARO.exe -rem.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ARO.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AROReminder' which loads as C:\Program Files\ARO 2012\ARO.exe -rem.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

ARO.exe
Memory:30.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0263538722%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00222520%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.02412868%
0.015104% average
Switches/sec:12
70 average

How do I remove ARO 2012?

Quickly and completely remove ARO 2012 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall ARO 2012 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 ARO 2012, 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 ARO 2012.
  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.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 70%
Win Vista 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.83%
Windows Vista 14.82%
Windows XP 10.51%
Windows 8 2.83%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 55.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.19%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.36%
Windows 7 Professional 6.99%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

84.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 84.91%
  Canada 2.07%
  Iran 1.55%
  United Kingdom 1.03%
  Italy 0.78%
  Australia 0.69%
  Belgium 0.60%
  Spain 0.60%
  Israel 0.60%
  Sweden 0.52%
  South Africa 0.34%
  PR 0.34%
  Hungary 0.34%
  Thailand 0.26%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 35.66%
Dell 30.68%
Acer 11.55%
Toshiba 7.37%
GIGABYTE 4.38%
ASUS 3.78%
Lenovo 2.99%
American Megatrends 1.20%
Intel 1.20%
Sony 1.20%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.81%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.02%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.87%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.51%
HP G72 Notebook PC 2.51%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.15%

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