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Should I remove Codec?

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 #15,745
United States Rank #13,832
Reach 0.0171%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 37.88 days
1117.43 days >
Average installed length: 587.12 days


1.0 100.00%


What is Codec?

Codec by Premuim, an umwanted and potentially harmful application is installed as a web browser plugin within Internet Explorer and Firefox.

About  (from WebPick Internet Holdings)

Codec-C was created by the team at Premiumplay to give you the best streaming experience. Its FREE and easy, just click download, start your instillation, and enjoy.


Codec is a software program developed by WebPick Internet Holdings. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). 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 programs's main executable is Codec.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.52 MB of memory. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 2 files and is usually about 583.26 KB (597,254 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 49% of users of Codec come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Codec.
Codec.exe (ec74cf567f829a401c3b8644f361c26d) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Malware.Win32.Agent.39
Bkav FE W32.Clod08c.Trojan
McAfee 5600.7122 Artemis!CDFB7779DCF5
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7122 Artemis!CDFB7779DCF5
runtime.dll (cdfb7779dcf5b74f27417a45984b30ba) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 8831 Win32/GenUpdater
Fortinet FortiGate W32/GenUpdater
VIPRE Antivirus 21724 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Codec has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Premium
URL: allpremiumsoft.com/codec-c/index.html
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\Premium\Codec
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files3\INSTAL~1\Codec\Setup.exe /remove /q0
Estimated size: 583.26 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Codec

Program executable:Codec.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Codec.exe
  • (Malware detected) runtime.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Codec.exe is scheduled as a task named 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\CodecUpdaterTask{2779F032-FBA6-4DB1-A3CA-E5A95C0C0710}.job'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Codec.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named OptimizerProUpdaterTask{B7D2880B-C903-4A67-A3BC-53B6E3AF681D}.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.52 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0021982309%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007653%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00212170%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:75,097
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:150 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Codec?

You can uninstall Codec 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 Codec, 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 Codec.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 73%
Win 8 0%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.70%
Windows Vista 11.83%
Windows XP 5.33%
Windows 10 4.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 55.52%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.45%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.25%
Windows 7 Professional 7.46%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.07%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.81% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.81%
  Canada 6.90%
  United Kingdom 6.19%
  Australia 3.33%
  India 3.33%
  Italy 2.14%
  Germany 1.67%
  New Zealand 1.43%
  Netherlands 1.43%
  Sweden 1.19%
  Israel 1.19%
  Malaysia 1.19%
  MK 0.95%
  Singapore 0.95%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.20%
Dell 20.51%
Acer 16.24%
Toshiba 10.26%
ASUS 8.55%
Lenovo 2.56%
Samsung 2.14%
Alienware 1.71%
Apple 0.85%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.24%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.61%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.95%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.63%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.63%
Dell XPS 8300 1.97%

About (from WebPick Internet Holdings Ltd.)

The InstalleReX pay per install platform will help you promote your applications.
Publisher URL: installerex.com


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