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Should I remove Broadcom n Network Adapter?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,869
United States Rank #16,892
Reach 0.0168%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.83 days
142.57 days >
Average installed length: 74.91 days


07.13.2006 100.00%

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Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter


Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter is a software program developed by Broadcom. 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 skype update.exe. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 2.14 MB (2,241,356 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 37% of users of Broadcom n Network Adapter 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\WirelessBCM MIMO
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\10\50\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{A
Estimated size: 2.14 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter

Program executable:skype update.exe
Path:C:\users\user\desktop\skype update.exe
Additional files:
  • install2k.exe (by AMBIT Microsystems) - Silence Install kernel for Win2000/XP Drivers (Silence Install kernel for Win2000 Drivers)
  • install9x.exe (by AMBIT Microsystems) - Silence Install kernel for Win98/SE/ME Drivers
  • MAINCTRL.EXE (by HON HAI PRECISION IND) - Silence Install Control Center
  • PCARMDRV.EXE - AMBIT Win32 NDIS Framework (AWinDis 32) (AWinDis 32 Windows NT Service Control Utility)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • MAINCTRL.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Broadcom\WirelessBCM MIMO\Install\MAINCTRL.EXE'.

How do I remove Broadcom n Network Adapter?

You can uninstall Broadcom n Network Adapter 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 802.11n Network Adapter, 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 n Network Adapter.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.96%
Windows 10 16.87%
Windows XP 10.84%
Windows Vista 6.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 29.70%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.67%
Windows 7 Professional 16.67%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.61%
Windows 10 Home 5.45%
Windows 10 Pro 5.15%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.98%
  Germany 7.81%
  United Kingdom 5.21%
  France 4.43%
  DZ 3.91%
  MA 3.39%
  Brazil 2.86%
  Canada 2.60%
  Italy 2.60%
  Netherlands 2.34%
  Spain 2.08%
  Israel 1.56%
  India 1.30%
  Chile 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 21.74%
Acer 20.29%
Hewlett-Packard 18.36%
ASUS 14.49%
Toshiba 4.35%
Samsung 3.38%
Intel 2.42%
Medion 2.42%
Sahara 1.93%
Lenovo 1.93%
American Megatrends 0.97%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.97%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 3.97%
Dell Dell XPS420 2.38%
HP G42 Notebook PC 2.38%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.38%
Acer Aspire 5742G 1.59%

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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