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Should I remove CNET TechTracker?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
45% remove it55% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,634
United States Rank #2,791
Reach 0.1129%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.16 days
742.30 days >
Average installed length: 390.02 days


2.1.0 63.70%
2.0.4 12.80%
2.0.3 8.49%
2.0.1 5.08%
2.0.0 5.97%
1.3 2.47%
1.0 Beta 0.36%
1.0 1.12%

CNET TechTracker

What is CNET TechTracker?

TechTracker tracking software from CNET helps keep all of the software on your computer up-to-date. This free software tracker monitors and highlights outdated applications on your computer, providing you the option to download and update each to the latest release.

About  (from CBS Interactive)

CNET TechTracker is a free application from CNET that helps keep the software on your computer up-to-date and secure. TechTracker works by scanning the software installed on your computer and alerting you when updates are available. Keeping software up-to-date is important because updates often contain patches that mak...  Read more


The most common release is 2.1.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). 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 techtracker.exe. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 2.89 MB (3,028,853 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cnet.com/techtracker
Installation folder: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\cbs interactive\cnet techtracker\
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\CBS Interactive\CNET TechTracker\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 2.89 MB

Program filesFiles installed by CNET TechTracker

Program executable:techtracker.exe
Name:TechTracker Application
Path:C:\users\user\appdata\roaming\cbs interactive\cnet techtracker\techtracker.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
(From the publisher) “New software is the best software. By making sure your computer is running the latest software versions, you get enhanced features and critical security patches. CNET TechTracker is powered by the CNET Downloads software...”
Additional files:
  • uninst.exe - CNET TechTracker (CNET TechTracker Installer)
  • xmlparse.dll
  • xmltok.dll
  • zlib.dll (by Zlib) - Zlib (Zlib: general purpose data compression/decompression library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • TechTracker.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3C875617-2BD3-40BD-A9E8-DA2E8A09801B}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • TechTracker.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\CBS Interactive\CNET TechTracker\TechTracker.exe'.
Network connections
  • TechTracker.exe connects to phx1-rb-columbia-ca-lb.cnet.com ( port 443).
  • TechTracker.exe connects to phx1-rb-columbia-ca-lb.cnet.com ( port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.63 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0135442646%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00677213%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00677213%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove CNET TechTracker?

You can uninstall CNET TechTracker 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 CNET TechTracker, 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 CNET TechTracker.

Uninstall it 45%
Keep it 55%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.12%
Windows Vista 15.41%
Windows XP 12.13%
Windows 10 5.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.47%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.34%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.79%
Windows 7 Professional 9.51%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.88%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

76.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 76.48%
  Canada 3.97%
  United Kingdom 3.29%
  Australia 1.69%
  Israel 1.02%
  Germany 0.86%
  France 0.77%
  Italy 0.74%
  India 0.68%
  Netherlands 0.68%
  Iran 0.62%
  Spain 0.58%
  Sweden 0.43%
  Belgium 0.37%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.38%
Dell 30.39%
Acer 13.12%
Toshiba 8.77%
ASUS 3.57%
Intel 2.92%
American Megatrends 1.50%
Gateway 1.21%
Sahara 0.93%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.77%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.45%
Dell Inspiron 530 5.12%
Dell XPS 8300 3.47%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.81%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.31%

About CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive is an online content network for information and entertainment and its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology and business.
Publisher URL: www.cbsinteractive.com


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