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Should I remove ActiveSpeed?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #32,466
United States Rank #20,559
Reach 0.0040%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.38 days
483.22 days >
Average installed length: 253.89 days


7.7.6 1.27%
7.7.5 1.27%
7.7.4 1.27%
7.7.3 3.80%
7.6.7 3.80%
7.6.4 1.27%
7.6.3 2.53%
7.6.1 5.06%
7.6.0 2.53%
7.5.4 6.33%
7.5.1 5.06%
7.5.0 2.53%
7.4.9 1.27%
7.4.8 1.27%
7.4.7 3.80%
7.4.6 1.27%
7.4.4 1.27%
7.4.3 5.06%
7.3.9 7.59%
7.3.6 2.53%
7.3.4 1.27%
7.2.3 1.27%
7.2.1 2.53%
7.1.9 1.27%
7.1.8 1.27%
7.1.6 5.06%
7.1.5 10.13%
7.1.3 2.53%
7.1.2 5.06%
7.1.0 1.27%
7.0.9 7.59%


What is ActiveSpeed?

ActiveSpeed from Ascentive, the group that does the FinallyFastPC informercials, is a PC optimization program. ActiveSpeed has also been included with bundled installations as well as bundles the Ascentive Performance Center product which is not uninstalled when ActiveSpeed is uninstalled.

About  (from Ascentive)

It surprises people to find out that their computer may not be optimized to take full advantage of their Internet connection. By modifying system settings that operate behind-the-scenes of your PC, ActiveSpeed, a leading Internet optimizer and web accelerator, can speed up your Internet connection regardless of the typ...  Read more


The most used version is 7.1.5, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds an extension to the user's Internet Explorer web browser. 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 AS.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 9 files and is usually about 4.34 MB (4,547,728 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ActiveSpeed.
AS.exe (713d8ed7e2f1ec6bd7050d316f63aec1) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir BDS/Agent.1957888
avast! 2014.9-130707 Win32:Adware-gen
Avast5 5.0.677.0 Win32:Adware-gen
Bitdefender Application.Generic.318757
Comodo Security 7787 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web BACKDOOR.Trojan
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Virus.Win32.AdWare!IK
F-Secure 11.2013-07-07_1 Application.Generic.318757
G Data 13.7.21 Application.Generic.318757
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Virus.Win32.AdWare
ESET NOD32 5901 Win32/Adware.Ascentive
Norman 10.20130707 Suspicious_Gen2.CCVYV
Panda Antivirus Suspicious file
Vba32 AntiVirus Win32.Adware.Ascentive
VirusBuster Adware.Ascentive!1BP8oLh+soY
       View all 15 all detections
ActiveSpeed has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ascentive.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ascentive\ActiveSpeed
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Ascentive\ActiveSpeed\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 4.34 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by ActiveSpeed

Program executable:AS.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Ascentive\ActiveSpeed\AS.exe
Additional files:
  • ASRes.dll - ActiveSpeed Japanese
  • MailSupport.exe - Mail Support (Mail Support Application)
  • AS.exe - ActiveSpeed
  • Uninstall.exe
  • Launcher.exe - Launcher

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer Extension
  • AS.exe is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {D34BF589-31D0-4881-8ECE-3D30723E1B4B}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • AS.EXE is scheduled as a task named 'ActiveSpeed_RLB@OWNER'.
  • Launcher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0B3C8051-BFF1-458B-B656-F407C9344A1B}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • AS.EXE is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ActiveSpeed@Logon.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • AS.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ActiveSpeed' which loads as C:\Program Files\Ascentive\ActiveSpeed\AS.exe.
  • Launcher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ActiveSpeed' which loads as C:\Program Files\Ascentive\ActiveSpeed\Launcher.exe -b.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.48 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0019545308%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00168394%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00027059%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:591,186
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:88 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove ActiveSpeed?

You can uninstall ActiveSpeed 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 ActiveSpeed, 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 ActiveSpeed.
  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 ActiveSpeed you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.28%
Windows Vista 30.77%
Windows 10 8.97%
Windows XP 8.97%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.79%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 27.63%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.21%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.89%
Windows 7 Professional 2.63%
Windows 8.1 2.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

82.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 82.50%
  Germany 4.17%
  Japan 2.50%
  Italy 2.50%
  United Kingdom 1.67%
  Belgium 1.67%
  Canada 0.83%
  Australia 0.83%
  TN 0.83%
  Egypt 0.83%
  Austria 0.83%
  DZ 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.77%
Hewlett-Packard 23.08%
Acer 18.46%
Toshiba 6.15%
Sony 4.62%
ASUS 4.62%
Medion 3.08%
American Megatrends 1.54%
Lenovo 1.54%
Intel 1.54%
Samsung 1.54%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 570 2.99%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.99%
TOSHIBA Satellite M505 1.49%
TOSHIBA dynabook T350/36A... 1.49%
HP-Pavilion WE268AA-ABD p... 1.49%
HP-Pavilion AY022AA-ABA p... 1.49%

About (from Ascentive)

Our mission is to provide our customers with easy-to-use products that work together to bring PCs back to life and improve their family's security.
Publisher URL: www.ascentive.com


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