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Should I remove Browser Configuration Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,125
United States Rank #10,212
Reach 0.0749%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.02 days
561.07 days >
Average installed length: 294.80 days


VersionDistribution 85.23% 6.23% 0.34% 8.20%

Browser Configuration Utility

What is Browser Configuration Utility?

Browser Configuration Utility Address Bar Search Hook Addin is an Internet Explorer URL search hook that redirects search results when an address or search keyword is entered into the web browser.

About  (from DeviceVM)

The Browser Configuration Utility is an easy-to-install, easy-to-use, powerful search engine." and "In the Address Bar of either Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8, type the string of characters you want to search for, then press the %3CEnter%3E key. The default Address Bar search engine is Yandex (for Russian), Baidu (for S...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is BCU.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 1.16 MB (1,219,831 bytes).
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: DeviceVM
URL: www.splashtop.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{5B363E1D-8C36-4458-BAE4-D5081999E094}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 1.16 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Browser Configuration Utility

Program executable:BCU.exe
Name:Browser Configuration Utility
Path:C:\Program Files\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe
Additional files:
  • AddressBarSearch.dll - Browser Configuration Utility (Browser Configuration Utility Address Bar Search Hook Addin)
  • AddressBarSearch64.dll
  • BCU.exe
  • BCUMsg.exe - Browser Configuration Utility Message Boxes
  • BCUService.exe - Browser Configuration Utility Auto-recovery Service
  • IEHelper.dll - Browser Configuration Utility IE BHO for Upgrade Checking
  • sqlite3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • IEHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'BHO Class' with the class of {DD92DE22-ED91-4560-B788-DEE2B26612E6}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • AddressBarSearch.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'SearchHook Class' with a class of {BC86E1AB-EDA5-4059-938F-CE307B0C6F0A} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • BCUService.exe runs as a service named 'Browser Configuration Utility Service' (BCUService) "This service performs auto-recovery for Browser Configuration Utility.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • BCU.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BCU (2)' which loads as "C:\Program Files\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.99 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0048850995%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00371479%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00117031%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:600,691
8,062,084 average
Memory:874.67 KB
Kernel CPU:0.00010649%
CPU cycles/sec:13,857

How do I remove Browser Configuration Utility?

You can uninstall Browser Configuration 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 Browser Configuration 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 Browser Configuration Utility.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Browser Configuration Utility you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.49%
Windows XP 20.60%
Windows 10 4.61%
Windows Vista 2.24%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 33.33%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.20%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.64%
Windows 7 Professional 14.66%
Windows 10 Pro 1.90%
Windows 10 Home 1.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

21.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 21.98%
  Iran 10.39%
  Germany 10.02%
  Australia 5.13%
  France 4.20%
  Egypt 3.44%
  Taiwan 2.94%
  Israel 2.57%
  United Kingdom 2.57%
  Canada 2.38%
  Japan 2.13%
  Poland 1.88%
  Brazil 1.75%
  Italy 1.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 6.13%
Dell 4.24%
Hewlett-Packard 3.71%
ASUS 2.12%
Samsung 0.61%
Lenovo 0.45%
Alienware 0.38%
Common models
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 6.74%
Gigabyte G41M-ES2L 5.63%
Gigabyte H55M-S2H 3.97%
Gigabyte P55A-UD3 3.89%
Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H 3.25%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2C 2.93%

About DeviceVM

Splashtop's (used to be known as DeviceVM) first product, named Splashtop OS, is an ‘instant-on’ Linux-based computing platform designed for fast, efficient computing.
Publisher URL: www.splashtop.com


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