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Should I remove Broadcom NetLink Controller?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #911
United States Rank #1,447
Reach 0.7546%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.36 days
512.11 days >
Average installed length: 269.08 days


VersionDistribution 5.61% 13.36% 0.77% 5.10% 6.34% 0.07% 0.95% 0.04% 0.06% 2.57% 21.79% 1.01% 2.80% 9.32% 30.20%

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Broadcom NetLink Controller

What is Broadcom NetLink Controller?  (from Broadcom)

Broadcom NetLink Controller is a second generation NetLink Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controller based on the PCI Express bus architecture and designed specifically for consumer and small-to-medium sized business (SMB) personal computers. Packed with enterprise features and performance, the new single-chip NetLink controll...  Read more


Broadcom NetLink Controller is a program developed by Broadcom. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The main program executable is bcmwls64.exe. The software installer includes 5 files and is usually about 1.9 MB (1,989,120 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 33% of users of Broadcom NetLink Controller come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.broadcom.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Broadcom\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C91DCB72-F5BB-410D-A91A-314F5D1B4284}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Broadcom NetLink Controller

Program executable:bcmwls64.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Broadcom\Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter\Driver\bcmwls64.exe
Additional files:
  • k57nd60a.sys - Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet Driver (Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet NDIS6.x Unified Driver.)
  • k57nd60x.sys
  • brcmlanioac.dll - Broadcom LAN IOAC DLL
  • bcmwlu00.exe

How do I remove Broadcom NetLink Controller?

You can uninstall Broadcom NetLink Controller 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 NetLink Controller, 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 NetLink Controller.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.14%
Windows 10 35.46%
Windows XP 0.27%
Windows Vista 0.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.92%
Windows 8.1 14.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.33%
Windows 10 Home 9.23%
Windows 7 Professional 6.72%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.87%

Distribution by countryGeography

33.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 33.48%
  Germany 8.43%
  United Kingdom 6.29%
  Italy 5.69%
  Canada 3.85%
  Brazil 3.81%
  France 3.48%
  Australia 2.83%
  Netherlands 2.18%
  Spain 1.81%
  Sweden 1.60%
  DK 1.15%
  Norway 1.11%
  Russia 1.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 94.26%
ASUS 1.73%
Hewlett-Packard 1.47%
Dell 1.41%
Lenovo 0.96%
Alienware 0.13%
Sahara 0.04%
Common models
Acer Aspire 5750G 7.28%
Acer Aspire E1-572 6.44%
Acer Aspire 5750 5.94%
Acer Aspire V3-571G 5.60%
Acer Aspire 5755G 4.97%
Acer Aspire E1-570 4.81%

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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Bonourover a year ago
I have it on my Windows 8 Pro Gateway.