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Should I remove BearShare?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
29% remove it71% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,501
United States Rank #3,763
Reach 0.1585%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.91 days
764.28 days >
Average installed length: 401.57 days


VersionDistribution 5.35% 0.83% 1.86% 0.45% 0.61% 0.22% 0.10% 0.03% 0.03% 0.29% 0.10% 1.09% 0.32% 0.80% 0.13% 0.10% 0.06% 0.58% 1.44% 0.48% 12.17% 5.16% 0.19% 0.10% 2.31% 3.23% 7.75% 0.03% 1.47% 1.18% 0.13% 0.06% 1.09% 0.90% 1.12% 0.45% 0.10% 1.95% 6.63% 0.54% 1.50% 2.72% 0.42% 0.86% 0.13% 0.51% 0.93% 0.42% 0.54% 3.75% 1.79%
69 versions


What is BearShare?

BearShare is a peer-to-peer file sharing application originally created by Free Peers, Inc. for Microsoft Windows and also a rebranded version of iMesh by MusicLab, LLC, tightly integrated with their music subscription service. Three variants of the original BearShare gnutella servent were distributed by Free Peers: Free, Lite and Pro. The Free version had higher performance limits than the Lite version but contained some bundled potentially unwanted software. The Pro version had higher limits than both the Free and Lite versions.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named BearShare.exe. The setup package generally installs about 52 files and is usually about 44.77 MB (46,949,307 bytes).
BearShare has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.bearshare.com
Help link: help.bearshare.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\{6F1B3060-90C7-4F21-AFFB-07B6150C73EA}\BearShare_V10_en_Setup.exe" REMOVE=TRUE MODIFY=FALSE
Estimated size: 44.77 MB

Program filesFiles installed by BearShare

Program executable:BearShare.exe
Signed by:Musiclab
Path:C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications\BearShare\BearShare.exe
(From the publisher) “BearShare - a peer-to-peer file sharing program that not only allows you to download the latest music and video but you can connect with friends and make new ones who are into the same artists. The users can easily...”
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - BearShare DataManager (MediaBar 2.0)
  • BearShare.exe - BearShare
  • DiscoveryHelper.dll - DiscoveryHelper
  • IMTrProgress.dll - IMTrProgress
  • IMWebControl.dll - IMWebControl
  • Launcher.exe - Launcher
  • Launcher_x64.exe
  • ResourcesLoc.dll
  • UninstallUsers.exe - BearShare Uninstall Users
  • UpdateInst.exe - UpdateInst

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • BearShare.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'BSShowVolumeOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'BearShare.Device' and the action verb 'show.
Scheduled Task
  • BearShare.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7806CC7E-EB90-46A6-BE1C-254D34916BBB}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • BearShare.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'BearShare' and executes as "C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications\BearShare\BearShare.exe" --lightmode.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • BearShare.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications\BearShare\BearShare.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:76.73 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0324541167%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02999881%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00245531%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove BearShare?

You can uninstall BearShare 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 BearShare, 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 BearShare.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 29%
Keep it 71%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.80%
Windows 10 14.59%
Windows Vista 10.17%
Windows XP 9.44%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.91%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.12%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.25%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.87%
Windows 7 Professional 7.22%
Windows 8.1 4.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.75% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.75%
  United Kingdom 5.41%
  Italy 5.25%
  Turkey 4.17%
  Netherlands 3.65%
  Belgium 3.00%
  Canada 2.92%
  France 2.84%
  Australia 2.54%
  Germany 2.49%
  Brazil 1.68%
  Iran 1.27%
  MK 1.27%
  India 1.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.45%
Acer 20.52%
Dell 20.42%
Toshiba 9.93%
ASUS 6.52%
Samsung 4.32%
Lenovo 1.56%
American Megatrends 1.40%
Intel 1.20%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.54%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.15%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.71%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.75%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.62%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.36%

About (from Musiclab, LLC)

Founded in March 2006, we operate leading web properties in sectors being transformed by the Internet, online and offline. We operate BearShare (www.bearshare.
Publisher URL: www.musiclab-llc.com


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