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Should I remove Consumer Input Software?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
60% remove it40% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,967
United States Rank #6,384
Reach 0.0239%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.08 days
562.96 days >
Average installed length: 295.79 days


VersionDistribution 0.21% 0.42%
2843 0.42% 54.66% 12.29% 19.28% 3.18% 4.66% 2.33% 1.48% 0.85% 0.21%

Consumer Input Software

What is Consumer Input Software?

This is the collection and analytics software for Compete.com statistics for Microsoft Internet Explorer. Compete.com is a web traffic analysis service that publishes the approximate number of global visitors to the top 1,000,000 web sites in the world. This number is computed from sources including internet service providers, opt-in panels, application providers, and users of the Compete toolbar. Such inadvertently collected information may have been transmitted to Compete, however, Compete did not knowingly use any such inadvertently collected information in its services. Since that time Compete has made significant improvements to our software and has removed all such inadvertently collected information from our database that our algorithms have identified.

About  (from Compete)

Consumer Input is a panel made up of people like you who want to express their opinions about the products and services that matter most to them. By participating in online research, our members have an opportunity to influence leading companies while earning cash rewards, gift cards, or entries into valuable sweepstak...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Consumer Input Software.
uninstall.exe (bbd691945f4dd893be4a5b0a53a29b42) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL Virus/Win32.Xpaj
Dr.Web Adware.Siggen.26185
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.337 TROJ_GEN.F47V0528
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

URL: consumerinput.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Consumer Input
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Consumer Input\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 3.44 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Consumer Input Software

Program executable:ConsumerInputDiagnosticTool.exe
Name:Consumer Input Diagnostic Tool
Path:C:\Program Files\Consumer Input\ConsumerInputDiagnosticTool.exe
Additional files:
  • dca-ua.exe - Dca (DCA Update Agent)
  • ConsumerInputDiagnosticTool.exe - Consumer Input Diagnostic Tool
  • log4cxx.dll (by Apache Software Foundation) - Apache log4cxx
  • cpturlpassthru.dll - Compete DCA (Compete CptUrlPassthru.dll)
  • dca-api.dll - Compete DCA API DLL
  • dca-bho.dll - Compete DCA Browser Helper Object
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • dca-bho.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Consumer Input' with the class of {B49699FC-1665-4414-A1CB-C4A2A4A13EEC} (DCA).
Startup File (User Run)
  • dca-ua.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Consumer Input Update' and executes as C:\Program Files\Consumer Input\dca-ua.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.06 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0202376631%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00951725%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01072042%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,811,710
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:12.9 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Consumer Input Software?

You can uninstall Consumer Input Software 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 Consumer Input Software (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 Consumer Input Software.
  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 Consumer Input Software you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 60%
Keep it 40%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.76%
Windows Vista 12.10%
Windows 10 11.25%
Windows XP 4.88%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 63.17%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.99%
Windows 8 6.85%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.71%
Windows 7 Professional 3.85%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

95.04% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 95.04%
  United Kingdom 2.16%
  France 0.89%
  Iran 0.51%
  Japan 0.25%
  United Arab Emirates 0.13%
  Australia 0.13%
  Great Britain 0.13%
  SY 0.13%
  Turkey 0.13%
  Canada 0.13%
  Germany 0.13%
  Spain 0.13%
  Hong Kong 0.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.04%
Dell 25.82%
Acer 11.96%
Toshiba 10.60%
ASUS 3.80%
Intel 2.72%
Lenovo 1.63%
Gateway 0.82%
Samsung 0.82%
Alienware 0.82%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.11%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.11%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.20%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.20%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.74%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.74%

About Compete

Compete is a web traffic analytics service which operates in the US and publishes the approximate number of visitors to the top web sites in the United States and the world.
Publisher URL: www.compete.com


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