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Should I remove Broadcom Wireless Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,805
United States Rank #1,967
Reach 0.3734%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.64 days
343.24 days >
Average installed length: 180.35 days


VersionDistribution 5.98% 0.01% 2.92% 0.05% 0.01% 0.05% 0.03% 4.62% 0.41% 2.43% 13.07% 0.94% 4.17% 0.04% 0.01% 0.18% 0.45% 0.67% 1.05% 0.46% 0.69% 0.03% 0.80% 0.60% 0.15% 0.01% 0.08% 0.07% 1.10% 4.71% 3.21% 0.14% 0.48% 0.22% 0.23%
5.60.350.6 1.92% 0.01% 0.15% 1.32% 0.37% 0.11% 0.91% 1.10% 0.01% 0.01% 1.44% 5.49% 4.46% 0.58% 0.04% 0.16%
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Broadcom Wireless Utility

What is Broadcom Wireless Utility?

The Broadcom Wireless Utility is a wireless LAN application that replaces the default Microsoft Windows XP Windows Zero Configuration Service. Once the Broadcom Wireless Utility is installed, the user is required to use the Broadcom Wireless Utility to configure the Broadcom wireless device and manage the wireless network connection.

About  (from Broadcom)

The Broadcom Wireless Utility is required with the listed Broadcom adapters to connect to wireless networks that use Cisco Compatible Extensions. Users may also find the Broadcom Wireless Utility useful for advanced profile management, single-sign-on support, and advanced diagnostics. Most home and small office,home of...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 76% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 bcmwlu00.exe. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 1.71 MB (1,790,017 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.broadcom.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Broadcom\Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Broadcom\Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter\bcmwlu00.exe" verbose /rootkey="Software\Broadcom\802.11\UninstallInfo" /rootdir="C:\Progra
Estimated size: 1.71 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Broadcom Wireless Utility

Program executable:bcmwlu00.exe
Name:Broadcom 802.11 Uninstaller
Path:C:\Program Files\broadcom\broadcom 802.11\bcmwlu00.exe
Additional files:
  • bcmpeerapi.dll - Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter Peernet Wireless Network API
  • WLTRAY.EXE - Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter Wireless Network Tray Applet
  • BCMWLTRY.EXE - Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter Wireless Network Controller
  • bcmwlrmt.dll - Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter Wireless Network Remoting
  • WLTRYSVC.EXE - Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter Wireless Network Service
  • bcmwls64.exe - Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter Installation Utility
  • bcmwlapiu.dll - Broadcom Wireless Adapter Access API
  • bcmwlanapi.dll - Broadcom Wireless Native API
  • bcmwlapi.dll - Wireless Adapter Access API (WlAdapterAPI)
  • bcmwlapiu64.dll
  • Inst2Gac.exe - GAC Installer (Broadcom GAC Installer)
  • bcmfshapi.dll
  • PackageVersion.dll - PackageVersion DLL
  • Packet.dll (by CACE Technologies) - WinPcap (packet.dll (Vista) Dynamic Link Library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • WLTRYSVC.EXE runs as a service named 'Broadcom Wireless LAN Tray Service' (wltrysvc) "Provides automatic configuration for the 802.11 adapter using the Broadcom supplicant.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WLTRAY.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Broadcom Wireless Manager UI' which loads as C:\Program Files\Broadcom\Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter\WLTRAY.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:33.32 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000273207%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00000264%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00002468%
0.015104% average
Memory:31.68 MB
Total CPU:0.0007790177%
Kernel CPU:0.00030260%
User CPU:0.00047641%
CPU cycles/sec:389,250
I/O reads/min:404 Bytes
I/O writes/min:113 Bytes
Memory:662 KB
Kernel CPU:0.00000187%
CPU cycles/sec:59

How do I remove Broadcom Wireless Utility?

You can uninstall Broadcom Wireless Utility 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 Wireless Utility, 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 Wireless Utility.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.37%
Windows 10 41.51%
Windows XP 1.30%
Windows Vista 0.81%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 25.58%
Windows 8.1 17.88%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.60%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.29%
Windows 10 Home 7.49%
Windows 8 4.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.38% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.38%
  United Kingdom 5.64%
  Italy 4.07%
  Germany 3.58%
  Canada 3.37%
  France 3.25%
  Sweden 1.93%
  Brazil 1.93%
  Netherlands 1.90%
  India 1.55%
  Spain 1.50%
  Australia 1.46%
  Norway 1.31%
  Belgium 1.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 47.09%
Acer 23.43%
Sony 16.84%
Lenovo 6.75%
Samsung 3.12%
Dell 1.48%
ASUS 0.58%
Alienware 0.36%
Toshiba 0.35%
Common models
LENOVO 80HE 9.69%
HP ProBook 6560b 6.38%
HP ProBook 6570b 4.18%
Acer Aspire V3-571G 3.48%
HP 625 3.19%
HP ProBook 650 G1 2.61%

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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