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What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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VersionDistribution 33.33% 66.67%

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CA Anti-Spyware

What is CA Anti-Spyware?  (from CA)

Spyware can steal your credit card numbers and passwords. Switch your home page, or re-direct your web searches to unwanted sites. Display annoying ads, slow your PC to a crawl, or even control it remotely. CA Anti-Spyware protects against a wide range of spyware threats that can expose your confidential information an...  Read more


CA Anti-Spyware is a program developed by CA. 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. The main program executable is caunst.exe. The software installer includes 19 files and is usually about 20.42 MB (21,409,749 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows XP. The distribution of this has mostly been seen in the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.my-etrust.com/Redirect/router.aspx?OEM=&prod=PP&app=inclient&lang=en&date=1339552853&link_id=1&dest=homepage&lic=GXMTM-ECXXG-C1WEX-RELXY&ver=
Help link: www.my-etrust.com/Redirect/router.aspx?OEM=&prod=PP&app=inclient&lang=en&date=1339552853&link_id=1&dest=main_support&lic=GXMTM-ECXXG-C1WEX-RELXY&ver=
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Spyware
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\caunst.exe" /u /product=pp
Estimated size: 20.42 MB

Program filesFiles installed by CA Anti-Spyware

Program executable:caunst.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\ca\ca internet security suite\caunst.exe
Additional files:
  • ITMRTAPI.dll - eTrust PestPatrol Realtime Protection (eTrust PestPatrol Real-time consumer interface)
  • aspyinst.dll - ppinst Dynamic Link Library
  • caantispyware.exe - CA Anti-Spyware Application (CAAntiSpyware Application)
  • CaAspyConst.dll
  • caaspyimages.dll
  • caaspyresource.dll
  • PPCtlPriv.exe - CA Anti-Spyware Elevation service
  • cappactiveprotection.exe - CA Anti-Spyware (CAPPActiveProtection Application)
  • ppctl.dll - eTrust PestPatrol version 5.0 COM control (eTrust PestPatrol version 5 SDK)
  • CAISSLicMod.dll - CAISSLicMod Dynamic Link Library
  • ppctlprivmsg.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • PPCtlPriv.exe runs as a service named 'PPCtlPriv' (PPCtlPriv).
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • CAPPActiveProtection.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CAPPActiveProtection' which loads as "C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Spyware\CAPPActiveProtection.exe".
  • CAAntiSpyware.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CaPPcl' which loads as C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Spyware\CAAntiSpyware.exe /scan /startup.

How do I remove CA Anti-Spyware?

You can uninstall CA Anti-Spyware 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 CA Anti-Spyware, 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 CA Anti-Spyware.

Win Vista (SP2) 33%
Win XP 33%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 66.67%
Windows Vista 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 50.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

Publisher URL: www.ca.com


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