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CNN Desktop Alerts


CNN Desktop Alerts is a software program developed by Skinkers Ltd. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The primary executable is named cnn.exe. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 9.46 MB (9,914,800 bytes). The installed file update.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 80% of users of CNN Desktop Alerts come from the United States, it is also popular in ET.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.skinkers.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\cnn desktop alerts
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\CNN Desktop Alerts\Uninstall.exe" -R
Estimated size: 9.46 MB

Program filesFiles installed by CNN Desktop Alerts

Program executable:cnn.exe
Skinkers Receiver
Path:C:\Program Files\cnn desktop alerts\cnn.exe
Additional files:
  • update.exe - Skinkers Update Utility
  • Uninstall.exe - CNN Desktop Alerts (Installer for the CNN Desktop Alerts application)
  • dhandler.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • cnn.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'UPS Widget' which loads as "C:\Program Files\UPS Widget\UPS_Widget.exe".

How do I remove CNN Desktop Alerts?

You can uninstall CNN Desktop Alerts 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 CNN Desktop Alerts (remove only), 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 CNN Desktop Alerts.

Win Vista (SP2) 50%
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 50.00%
Windows 7 50.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 50.00%
Windows 7 Enterprise 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.00%
  ET 20.00%


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