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What percent of users and experts removed it?
56% remove it44% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,831
United States Rank #6,888
Reach 0.0244%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 44.11 days
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Average installed length: 683.71 days


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ARO 2011

What is ARO 2011?

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


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). The main program executable is aro.exe. The software installer includes 12 files and is usually about 15.74 MB (16,508,422 bytes).
  • Starts automatically

Program detailsProgram details

URL: go.sammsoft.com?linkid=100907
Help link: go.sammsoft.com?linkid=100906
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ARO 2011\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\ARO 2011\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 15.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ARO 2011

Program executable:aro.exe
Name:ARO 2011
Path:C:\Program Files\aro 2011\aro.exe
Additional files:
  • ARO2011_bt.exe - ARO 2011
  • AROLicense2011.exe
  • AROSS.dll
  • CleanSchedule.exe
  • soref.dll - SammSoft Referrer Utility
  • CheckForV4.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ARO.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ARO 2011' (runs weekly on Mondays at 3:00 AM).
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 2011\ARO.exe -rem.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:20.19 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0469082637%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00648117%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.04042709%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:613.86 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:214 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove ARO 2011?

You can uninstall ARO 2011 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 ARO 2011, 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 ARO 2011.
  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.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 56%
Keep it 44%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.60%
Windows Vista 20.91%
Windows XP 10.77%
Windows 10 3.73%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 51.67%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 18.41%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.46%
Windows 7 Professional 6.69%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.02%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.09%

Distribution by countryGeography

85.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 85.84%
  Canada 3.12%
  United Kingdom 2.60%
  Australia 1.43%
  Israel 1.30%
  Belgium 0.65%
  DK 0.52%
  Portugal 0.39%
  Taiwan 0.39%
  France 0.26%
  Hungary 0.26%
  India 0.26%
  Iran 0.26%
  Mexico 0.26%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 36.05%
Dell 31.66%
Toshiba 12.85%
Acer 9.72%
ASUS 2.51%
Intel 0.94%
Lenovo 0.94%
Samsung 0.94%
Sony 0.94%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.04%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.04%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.53%
TOSHIBA Satellite A665 2.53%
Dell Inspiron 1525 2.02%
Dell Inspiron 530s 2.02%

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