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Should I remove Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
53% remove it47% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,473
United States Rank #10,139
Reach 0.0701%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.20 days
271.33 days >
Average installed length: 142.56 days


12.00.45 71.90%
12.00.41 4.13%
12.00.40 3.54%
12.00.32 12.98%
12.00.30 5.01%
12.00.20 2.43%

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 is a program developed by Ashampoo. The most used version is 12.00.45, 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 a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is wo12.exe. The software installer includes 28 files and is usually about 123.57 MB (129,575,641 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 42% of users of Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 come from Germany, it is also popular in the United States and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ashampoo.com
Help link: www.ashampoo.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 123.57 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12

Program executable:wo12.exe
Name:Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12
Path:C:\Program Files\ashampoo\ashampoo winoptimizer 12\wo12.exe
Additional files:
  • WinOptimizerContextHandler32.dll
  • WinOptimizerContextHandler64.dll
  • ash_inet2.dll - Ashampoo Internet
  • updateMediator.exe - Update Mediator
  • defragwrapper.dll - defragwrapper
  • EXEDecrypt.exe
  • exit.exe
  • LiveTuner2.exe - Ashampoo Live-Tuner Client
  • LiveTunerService.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • WinOptimizerFW.exe
  • WO_CheckRemove.exe - Ashampoo WinOptimizer CheckRemove

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • WinOptimizerContextHandler64.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {7D6A68C0-5984-437B-8D47-70D4A242E82D}.
  • WinOptimizerContextHandler32.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {7D6A68C0-5984-437B-8D47-70D4A242E82D}.
Scheduled Task
  • WO12.exe is scheduled as a task named 'EveryDay' (runs daily at 12:00).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • LiveTuner2.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Ashampoo WinOptimizer Live-Tuner2_Reg_HKLMRun.
  • LiveTunerService.exe runs as a service named 'Ashampoo LiveTuner 2 Service' (WO_LiveService2).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • LiveTuner2.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Ashampoo WinOptimizer Live-Tuner2' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12\LiveTuner2.exe" -TRAY.

How do I remove Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12?

Quickly and completely remove Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12.

Win 10 75%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 53%
Keep it 47%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 74.80%
Windows 7 22.77%
Windows XP 1.25%
Windows Vista 1.18%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 42.70%
Windows 10 Pro 21.72%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.93%
Windows 7 Professional 5.11%
Windows 8.1 5.04%

Distribution by countryGeography

41.76% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 41.76%
  United States 24.07%
  Italy 5.22%
  United Kingdom 3.80%
  Netherlands 3.59%
  Austria 2.98%
  France 2.17%
  Poland 1.22%
  Sweden 1.08%
  Czech Republic 1.02%
  Russia 0.88%
  Switzerland 0.81%
  Australia 0.81%
  Spain 0.68%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Medion 22.31%
Acer 17.88%
Hewlett-Packard 16.94%
Dell 12.50%
ASUS 10.08%
Lenovo 4.44%
Toshiba 4.03%
Samsung 3.90%
American Megatrends 1.08%
Common models
ASUS All Series 9.74%
MEDION MS-7797 3.44%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 3.15%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 2.87%
MEDION MS-7848 2.87%
MEDION H81H3-EM2 2.29%

About Ashampoo

Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG is a computer software company based in Oldenburg, Germany. They are best known for Ashampoo Burning Studio and Ashampoo WinOptimizer.
Publisher URL: www.ashampoo.com


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