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Should I remove Belarc Advisor?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,242
United States Rank #1,760
Reach 0.1760%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.65 days
491.24 days >
Average installed length: 258.11 days

Belarc Advisor 8.1

What is Belarc Advisor?

Belarc also offers the Belarc Advisor as a free download for personal use. The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of installed software and hardware, missing security patches, anti-virus status, NIST SCAP security configurations (USGCB, FDCC), and displays the results in a Web browser. All of the profile information is kept private on the user's computer and is not sent to any web server.

About  (from Belarc)

The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server. Th...  Read more


Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is advisor.exe. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 4.52 MB (4,736,428 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.belarc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Belarc\Advisor
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files1\Belarc\Advisor\Uninstall.exe" "C:\Program Files1\Belarc\Advisor\INSTALL.LOG"
Estimated size: 4.52 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Belarc Advisor 8.1

Program executable:advisor.exe
Belarc Advisor Installer
Path:C:\Program Files\Belarc\Advisor\advisor.exe
Additional files:
  • BAVoilaX.dll - Belarc Advisor (Belarc VoilaX Control)
  • NPBelv32.dll - BelMonitor Client (Belarc Advisor and BelMonitor Client Discovery)
  • DFX.exe
  • dfxForWmpUI.dll - DFX (dfxForWmpUI)
  • dfxItunesSong.exe
  • DfxSetupDrv.exe
  • DfxSharedApp32.exe
  • nde.dll
  • NTBooks.exe (by N.T. Books SA/NV) - N.T. Books Runtime
  • powertech_sm.exe
  • ptdevcon32.exe (by Windows (R) Win 7 DDK provider) - Windows (R) Win 7 DDK driver (Windows Setup API)
  • ptdevcon64.exe (by Windows (R) Win 7 DDK provider)
  • record_date.exe
  • record_email.exe
  • registryCleanUsers.exe
  • uninstall.exe (by Power Technology)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6768D28E-B6AC-49C5-988D-1DD310504E28}' (runs on registration).
  • UNWISE.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{D124A613-2DCA-41D4-BD97-2AA19C48545C}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • DFX.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'DFX' which loads as C:\Program Files\DFX\DFX.exe -startup.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.37 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000893698%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007994%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000943%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:671,078
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
Memory:1.3 MB
Total CPU:0.0000602772%
Kernel CPU:0.00001558%
User CPU:0.00004470%
CPU cycles/sec:2,152,260
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove Belarc Advisor?

You can uninstall Belarc Advisor 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 Belarc Advisor 8.1, 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 Belarc Advisor.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.71%
Windows XP 16.85%
Windows Vista 12.87%
Windows 10 6.45%
Windows Server 2003 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.24%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.75%
Windows 7 Professional 12.23%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.62%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.03%
Windows 10 Home 1.66%

Distribution by countryGeography

82.88% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 82.88%
  United Kingdom 4.13%
  Canada 3.58%
  Australia 2.26%
  Germany 0.91%
  Netherlands 0.72%
  France 0.55%
  Belgium 0.47%
  Italy 0.42%
  Sweden 0.38%
  Philippines 0.27%
  India 0.25%
  New Zealand 0.25%
  Israel 0.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 36.03%
Hewlett-Packard 27.60%
Acer 10.65%
Toshiba 6.44%
Intel 4.81%
American Megatrends 2.53%
ASUS 2.08%
Sahara 1.44%
Gateway 0.74%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.99%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.66%
Dell Inspiron 530 4.11%
Dell Inspiron 580 3.55%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.89%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.33%


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