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Should I remove Ashampoo WinOptimizer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
18% remove it82% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,825
United States Rank #11,205
Reach 0.0437%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 241.03 days
1025.73 days >
Average installed length: 538.94 days


6.6.0 100.00%

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6.60

What is Ashampoo WinOptimizer?

This is a PC optimization program that is supposed to increase the speed of computer by removing invalid entries the computer's registry. The trial version will perform a scan and identify issues while the user will need to unlock the software for a yearly auto-renewing subscription charge.

About  (from Ashampoo)

Microsoft Windows may have got more advanced but the need for effective maintenance is greater than ever. If you don’t houseclean your computer system regularly the digital garbage that collects over time makes it slower and can even cause inexplicable errors – usually when you need them least. In addition to efficient...  Read more


Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 WO6.exe. The software installer includes 21 files and is usually about 37.35 MB (39,165,825 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ashampoo.com
Help link: www.ashampoo.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 37.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6.60

Program executable:WO6.exe
Name:Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6
Path:C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6\WO6.exe
Additional files:
  • ashampoo_winoptimizer_6_6.60_7677.exe - Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6 (Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6 Setup)
  • ashampoo_winoptimizer_6_6.60_7761.exe
  • WO6.exe
  • VisualStyler.exe - VisualStyler
  • WO6FW.exe - File Wiper (WO6)
  • defragwrapper.dll
  • DfSdkS.exe (by mst software GmbH, Germany) - mst Defrag SDK (mst Defrag SDK Service)
  • undelete.dll (by ALTAP) - Undelete DLL (File recovery library. http://www.altap.cz)
  • ash_updateMediator.exe
  • ashampoo_nLang_Editor.exe
  • ContextHandler.dll
  • DeleteUserData.exe
  • EXEDecrypt.exe
  • exit_WO6.exe
  • gdiplus.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ContextHandler.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {6E282BDA-5AAA-4EBF-82B3-DD21C3671189}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • WO6.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{40C4EC51-2481-4C98-ACD2-F023D58628B4}' (runs on registration).
  • DfSdkS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BE2364E4-D984-4134-BBFC-9246B3B5EE9F}' (runs on registration).
  • DfSdkS.exe runs as a service named 'DfSdkS' (DfSdkS) "Defragmentation-Service".
Startup File (User Run)
  • DfSdkS.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'mst Defrag SDK Service' and executes as C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo WinOptimizer 9\DfSdkS.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.04 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0202142381%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00599274%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01422149%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Ashampoo WinOptimizer?

You can uninstall Ashampoo WinOptimizer 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 Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6.60, 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 Ashampoo WinOptimizer.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win Server 2003 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 18%
Keep it 82%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.48%
Windows XP 19.33%
Windows Vista 15.63%
Windows 10 8.45%
Windows Server 2003 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.07%
Microsoft Windows XP 19.56%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 13.85%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.50%
Windows 7 Professional 7.80%
Windows 8 4.66%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.80% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 37.80%
  United States 30.79%
  United Kingdom 6.49%
  Austria 3.09%
  Italy 2.99%
  Hungary 2.06%
  Australia 1.54%
  Belgium 1.44%
  Canada 1.44%
  Netherlands 1.13%
  Poland 1.03%
  Spain 0.93%
  Czech Republic 0.72%
  Brazil 0.62%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 19.33%
Dell 14.67%
Hewlett-Packard 14.22%
Toshiba 12.89%
Medion 11.56%
American Megatrends 4.44%
Intel 3.56%
ASUS 3.11%
Lenovo 2.44%
Samsung 2.22%
Sahara 2.00%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite P845t 13.09%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.27%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 3.27%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 2.91%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.55%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.18%

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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