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Should I remove Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #635
United States Rank #1,208
Reach 1.0612%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.93 days
528.89 days >
Average installed length: 277.89 days


VersionDistribution 0.07% 0.08% 10.64% 3.64% 0.05% 4.62% 1.35% 27.85% 5.28% 0.27% 0.10% 5.02% 8.34% 3.48% 0.00% 0.43% 16.08% 0.01% 2.59% 4.50% 2.17% 3.36% 0.03% 0.01% 0.00% 0.02%

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Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer

What is Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer?

This is the software driver package for the installed Broadcom Card Reader. The driver package is required in order for the Broadcom Card Reader device to function properly and is the software that allows your computer to communicate with this hardware device.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named javaws.exe. The setup package generally installs about 21 files and is usually about 3.49 MB (3,655,680 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.broadcom.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Broadcom\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{4710662C-8204-4334-A977-B1AC9E547819}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.49 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer

Program executable:javaws.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\java\jre1.8.0_111\bin\javaws.exe
Additional files:
  • brcmcardreader.exe - Broadcom Card Reader Service
  • b57xdbd.sys - Broadcom xD Picture Card (Broadcom xD Picture Card Bus Driver)
  • b57xdmp.sys - Broadcom xD Picture Card Miniport Driver
  • bscsimsa.sys - Memory Stick Controller (Broadcom Memory Stick Driver)
  • bscsisda.sys - SD 3.0 Controller (Broadcom SD 3.0 Driver)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • brcmcardreader.exe runs as a service named 'Broadcom Card Reader Service' (BrcmCardReader).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.08 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001311391%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00008398%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004716%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:747
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer?

You can uninstall Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer 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 Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer, 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 Broadcom Card Reader Driver Installer.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 56.42%
Windows 7 43.50%
Windows XP 0.07%
Windows Vista 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.81%
Windows 8.1 22.87%
Windows 8 10.24%
Windows 10 Home 10.06%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.07%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 4.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.23%
  United Kingdom 7.59%
  Italy 7.06%
  Germany 6.74%
  Brazil 4.71%
  Canada 4.38%
  France 3.31%
  Australia 2.38%
  Netherlands 2.25%
  Spain 1.80%
  Sweden 1.59%
  Norway 1.35%
  Russia 1.29%
  Belgium 1.19%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 98.20%
Hewlett-Packard 0.80%
Dell 0.59%
ASUS 0.17%
Lenovo 0.11%
Alienware 0.06%
Toshiba 0.03%
Common models
Acer Aspire E1-571 8.98%
Acer Aspire V3-571G 8.30%
Gateway NE56R 7.83%
Acer Aspire 5750G 7.14%
Acer Aspire E1-531 6.67%
Acer Aspire 5750 5.52%

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a fabless semiconductor company in the wireless and broadband communication business.
Publisher URL: www.broadcom.com


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