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Should I remove 4shared Desktop?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,275
United States Rank #30,625
Reach 0.0117%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.13 days
416.75 days >
Average installed length: 218.97 days

4shared Desktop


4shared Desktop is a program developed by New IT Limited. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is desktop.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 17.55 MB (18,406,282 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 18% of users of 4shared Desktop come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in 4shared Desktop.
desktop.exe (1bb888e758def7f8e261a4b22f8fffbc) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-130829 Win32:Toolbar-N [PUP]
Malwarebytes v2013.08.29.01 PUP.Optional.4Squared
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.241 TROJ_GEN.F47V0802
VIPRE Antivirus 20670 4Shared (fs)

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\4shared desktop
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\4shared Desktop\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 17.55 MB

Program filesFiles installed by 4shared Desktop

Program executable:desktop.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\4shared desktop\desktop.exe
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - 4shared Desktop Setup
  • ap.dll (by Un4seen Developments) - BASS
  • CMenu32.dll
  • CMenu64.dll
  • Desktop32.dll
  • Desktop64.dll
  • lbase.dll
  • lbase64.dll
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • msvcr71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • CMenu64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'ContMenu' with a class of {EBDF1F20-C829-11D1-8233-0020AF3E97A9}.
  • CMenu32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name '4shared_Desktop' with a class of {EBDF1F20-C829-11D1-8233-0020AF3E97A9}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • CMenu32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'McAfee Total Protection' with a plugin key of '@mcafee.com/MSC,version=10' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • desktop.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{89CC7729-A90E-4D25-BE27-A678ED30D873}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • desktop.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named '4shared Desktop' and executes as "C:\Program Files\4shared Desktop\desktop.exe" -startup.

How do I remove 4shared Desktop?

You can uninstall 4shared Desktop 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program 4shared Desktop, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 4shared Desktop.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by 4shared Desktop you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win Vista 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.96%
Windows 10 27.39%
Windows XP 3.04%
Windows Vista 2.61%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 34.21%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.04%
Windows 7 Professional 10.96%
Windows 8.1 4.82%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.39%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.95%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.70%
  Brazil 10.29%
  Saudi Arabia 7.00%
  DZ 5.76%
  India 4.53%
  Thailand 3.70%
  Indonesia 3.70%
  Italy 3.29%
  MA 2.88%
  Iran 2.88%
  Mexico 2.47%
  Spain 2.47%
  SY 2.47%
  Malaysia 2.06%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.40%
Acer 22.84%
Dell 17.90%
ASUS 9.88%
Toshiba 8.02%
Lenovo 4.94%
Samsung 3.70%
Sony 1.23%
Sahara 1.23%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.88%
Dell Inspiron 1545 4.07%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.44%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.44%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.44%
ASUSTeK X450CA 1.63%


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