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Should I remove Ant.com IE add-on?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
78% remove it22% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,048
United States Rank #6,500
Reach 0.0608%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.81 days
672.81 days >
Average installed length: 353.51 days


2.4.5 4.67%
2.3.32 13.61% 35.89% 14.61% 1.00% 24.87% 3.76% 0.08% 0.58% 0.08% 0.83%

Other programs by Ant.com

Ant.com IE add-on

What is Ant.com IE add-on?

Ant.com IE add-on will add a button to download streaming videos to your hard disk while you are browsing with Internet Explorer. The Ant.com add-in will detect any video being played in your IE browser, and then will download it in its native .FLV format to your hard disk. The Movie Player will show a list of the videos that you downloaded using Ant.com IE add-on, and will let you play them, in a window or in full screen. It will also display an Ant.Com search engine box for web searches.

About  (from Ant.com)

Internet search is controlled by billion-dollars, publicly-traded companies. If you run a website and are not in their indexes, people cannot find you. Even if their service is generally good, the way they index the web has many flaws. They are causing significant collateral damages to many sites regularly. Their index...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The main program executable is antmaintainer.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 19 files and is usually about 9.98 MB (10,462,103 bytes). AntUpdaterService.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Ant.com IE add-on.
AntUpdaterService.exe (32b2bc3aaf0769c4ee7a9127ce9910e3) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir SPR/MessengerLog.CV
Fortinet FortiGate 11/21/2014 Keylog/Win32_MessengerLog
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.MessengerLog
Kaspersky not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.MessengerLog
Panda Antivirus Suspicious file
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ant.com/video-downloader
Help link: www.ant.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ant.com\
Uninstaller: msiexec.exe /qf /package {2B78F6F9-5C63-45AB-ABFD-DDB7946E4C39}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.98 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Ant.com IE add-on

Program executable:antmaintainer.exe
Name:Ant.com ToolBar
Ant.com Downloader and Updater
Signed by:Ant.com Limited
Path:C:\Program Files\ant.com\ie add-on\antmaintainer.exe
Ant.com Downloader and Updater for Ant.com ToolBar is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and...
Additional files:
  • antrank.dll - Ant.com ToolBar (AntRank Plug-in for Ant.com toolbar)
  • antservices.dll - Ant.com Services Library
  • anttoolbar.dll - Ant.com Toolbar
  • AntUpdaterService.exe - Ant.com Updater Service
  • download.dll - Download plugin

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • Download.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Ant.com browser helper (video detector)' with the class of {346FDE31-DFF9-418A-90C8-BA31DC9FF2EF}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • Download.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension as 'Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar toggle button (video detector)' with a class of {70AF6C9F-0818-4cf7-924A-BBDBB24211D3}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • AntToolbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar' with the class of {2E924F4F-67F0-4BD8-9560-49F468E843D2} (Ant.com Download toolbar).
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • AntToolbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar' with a class of {2E924F4F-67F0-4BD8-9560-49F468E843D2}.
  • AntUpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'Ant Toolbar updater service' (AntUpdaterService) "Ant Toolbar updater service".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.33 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0545076463%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.03500543%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01950221%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,500,007
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:243 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:22.78 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:2.77 MB
Total CPU:0.0238513274%
Kernel CPU:0.01595522%
User CPU:0.00789611%
CPU cycles/sec:1,160,294
I/O reads/min:881 Bytes

How do I remove Ant.com IE add-on?

You can uninstall Ant.com IE add-on 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 Ant.com IE add-on, 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 Ant.com IE add-on.
  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 Ant.com IE add-on you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Server 2003 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 78%
Keep it 22%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.77%
Windows 10 18.86%
Windows XP 8.76%
Windows Vista 8.51%
Windows Server 2003 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.54%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.98%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.50%
Windows 7 Professional 8.33%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.31%
Windows 8.1 5.05%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.22%
  United Kingdom 5.84%
  Germany 4.89%
  India 3.19%
  Australia 2.65%
  Canada 2.58%
  Italy 2.58%
  Netherlands 2.04%
  France 1.90%
  Iran 1.49%
  Brazil 1.36%
  Israel 1.29%
  Belgium 1.22%
  South Africa 1.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.19%
Dell 23.60%
Acer 18.13%
Toshiba 10.94%
ASUS 5.04%
Intel 3.02%
Lenovo 2.59%
Samsung 2.30%
American Megatrends 1.29%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.39%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.71%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.03%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.69%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.36%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.02%

comments2 comments

user comment
user comment
Steve Colman Australiaover a year ago
I find Ant.com very useful to download all videos
user comment
Steve Colman Australiaover a year ago
I have used Ant,com for years to download videos and never had any problems with this program. I am very satisfied with all aspects of Ant as a downloader and player of the downloaded videos.