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Should I remove ARO 2012?

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 #7,730
United States Rank #4,222
Reach 0.0531%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 43.72 days
1289.72 days >
Average installed length: 677.65 days


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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


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 Trojan/Win32.Patched.gen
Rising Antivirus 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
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

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
70 average

How do I remove ARO 2012?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 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.

Win 7 (SP1) 70%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? 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 71.85%
Windows Vista 14.03%
Windows XP 8.21%
Windows 10 5.92%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 54.34%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.58%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.30%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.20%
Windows 7 Professional 7.92%
Windows 10 Home 2.32%

Distribution by countryGeography

84.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 84.03%
  Canada 2.14%
  United Kingdom 1.96%
  Iran 1.22%
  Australia 0.80%
  Italy 0.80%
  Spain 0.61%
  Belgium 0.49%
  Sweden 0.49%
  Israel 0.49%
  Germany 0.37%
  PR 0.31%
  Czech Republic 0.31%
  Malaysia 0.31%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.57%
Dell 31.43%
Acer 11.71%
Toshiba 8.14%
ASUS 3.71%
Lenovo 2.57%
American Megatrends 1.29%
Sony 1.14%
Samsung 1.00%
Intel 0.86%
Gateway 0.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.01%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.64%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.28%
Dell Inspiron 560 2.73%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.46%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.19%

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