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Should I remove Ad-Stripper?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
59% remove it41% keep it
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1.4.32 20.00%
1.4.4 20.00%
1.3.4 40.00%
1.0.13 20.00%



Ad-Stripper is a software program developed by Security Software Limited. The most common release is 1.3.4, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named adbsvc.exe. The setup package generally installs about 27 files and is usually about 27.08 MB (28,392,089 bytes). The installed file updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 70% of users of Ad-Stripper come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and Russia.
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Installs a Windows Service

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adstripper.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Security Software Limited\Ad-Stripper\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{61CA0D50-286E-4810-94E8-D08092F69CB3}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 27.08 MB
Language: English (United Kingdom)

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Stripper

Program executable:adbsvc.exe
Name:Preventon Ad-Stripper
Preventon Ad-Stripper Service
Path:C:\Program Files\Security Software Limited\Ad-Stripper\adbsvc.exe
Additional files:
  • netcontroller.dll - Preventon Net Controller (Preventon Net Controller [adb])
  • nethandler.dll - Preventon Net Handler
  • adbtray.exe
  • updater.exe
  • updsvc.exe - Preventon (Preventon Update Service)
  • netsvc.exe (by UtilTool Limited) - UtilTool Net Filter (UtilTool Net Filter Service)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Services
  • updsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Ad-Stripper Update Service' (utupdsvc) "Ad-Stripper Update Service".
  • netsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Net Service' (netsvc) "Net Service".
  • adbsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Ad-Stripper Service' (adbsvc) "Ad-Stripper Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • adbtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ADBTray' which loads as C:\Program Files\Preventon\Ad-Stripper\adbtray.exe.

How do I remove Ad-Stripper?

You can uninstall Ad-Stripper 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 Ad-Stripper, 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 Ad-Stripper.
  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) 60%
Win 10 20%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 59%
Keep it 41%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.00%
Windows Vista 20.00%
Windows 10 20.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 40.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 20.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.00%
Windows Vista Home Basic 20.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

70.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 70.00%
  Australia 10.00%
  Russia 10.00%
  Netherlands 10.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 50.00%
Acer 25.00%
Dell 25.00%
Common models
MSI MS-7693 33.33%
HP Compaq 8000 Elite SFF ... 33.33%
Dell Inspiron 1440 33.33%


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