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Should I remove ContentExplorer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
85% remove it15% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,757
United States Rank #3,982
Reach 0.0644%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.02 days
354.54 days >
Average installed length: 186.29 days


8.4 45.94%
8.1 2.29%
7.6 8.04%
7.5 0.24%
7.4 2.52%
7.3 3.78%
7.2 2.05%
7.1 0.16%
7.0 3.07%
6.5 3.39%
6.0 3.94%
5.0 3.31%
4.5 1.97% 19.31%


What is ContentExplorer?

From the Terms and Conditions: "Content Explorer is ad-supported. During general internet usage on sites where Content Explorer operates, users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, and in-text link advertisements. The type of ad is dependent on the content of the page as you generally browse the internet. Content Explorer is not related to or endorsed by the underlying website. These advertisements will be identified with the Content Explorer Name or Logo. In-text advertising, where specific keywords within the text of a webpage are matched with advertising and or related information, automatically match keywords or phrases will appear on the webpage as a double underline. Content Explorer and all related advertisements are not affiliated with or endorsed by any underlying websites." - contentexplorer.net/terms-and-conditions.html

What it does per the EULA:
- Content Explorer will be automatically enabled on Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Chrome.

- Content Explorer loads a lock file that secures optimized settings. This prevents other software from accidentally or intentionally changing settings stopping Content Explorer from running or causing a sub-optimal experience.

About  (from Lake Ventures)

Content Explorer is a free, ad-supported utility that makes searching and discovering information easy. Highlight any word or phrase with your mouse and Content Explorer will provide you with immediate access to Wikipedia and other popular sites to give you all the information you need on the word you highlighted. Cont...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ContentExplorer.
ContentExplorer.exe (1301e9e5d6aa3801bd89e1387fbbec13) has been flagged by the following 26 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 662 Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
AhnLab-V3 2014.12.29 PUP/Win32.IBryte
ALYac Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
avast! 2014.9-150413 Win32:Dropper-gen [Drp]
Avira ADWARE/Adware.Gen7
AVware iBryte
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Agent.AUL
Bitdefender Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
Comodo Security 20522 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web Trojan.DownLoader11.57711
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
ESET-NOD32 9.10939 a variant of MSIL/Adware.iBryte.P
Fortinet FortiGate 4/13/2015 Adware/IBryte
F-Secure 11.2015-13-04_2 Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
G Data 15.4.24 Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
K7 AntiVirus 13.188.14484 Adware
K7GW 13.188.14484 Trojan ( 044444441 )
Kaspersky Trojan.Win32.Agent
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.BPlug.djpkri
nProtect Trojan.GenericKD.2034053
Panda Antivirus Trj/CI.A
Sophos 4.98 Generic PUA LD
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.103 Suspicious_GEN.F47V1218
Vba32 AntiVirus Trojan.Agent.amcjo
VIPRE Antivirus 36188 iBryte
       View all 26 all detections
ContentExplorer 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: ContentExplorer.net
URL: ContentExplorer.net
Help link: home.contentexplorer.net/corelib
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\roaming\contentexplorer
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\ContentExplorer\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ContentExplorer

Program executable:ContentExplorer.exe
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe (by ContentExplorer.net) - ContentExplorer Uninstaller (ContentExplorer Uninstall)
  • ContentExplorer.exe - ContentExplorer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • ContentExplorer.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'ContentExplorer' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\ContentExplorer\ContentExplorer.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:58.93 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0145334736%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00581873%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00871475%
0.015104% average

How do I remove ContentExplorer?

You can uninstall ContentExplorer 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 ContentExplorer, 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 ContentExplorer.
  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) 52%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 85%
Keep it 15%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.03%
Windows 10 34.12%
Windows Vista 5.91%
Windows XP 3.94%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.49%
Windows 8.1 18.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.44%
Windows 7 Professional 8.47%
Windows 8 7.99%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

81.07% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 81.07%
  Brazil 12.79%
  Canada 5.66%
  PR 0.11%
  United Kingdom 0.11%
  Kuwait 0.05%
  Mexico 0.05%
  Russia 0.05%
  BW 0.05%
  Saudi Arabia 0.05%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 34.41%
Dell 26.17%
Acer 15.03%
ASUS 7.24%
Toshiba 6.46%
Lenovo 4.34%
Samsung 3.23%
Intel 1.00%
American Megatrends 0.67%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 6.28%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 6.05%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.26%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.26%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.79%
Positivo MOBILE 2.79%


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