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Should I remove Download App?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
62% remove it38% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,310
United States Rank #2,415
Reach 0.1710%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.76 days
553.56 days >
Average installed length: 290.85 days


1.8.0 16.88%
1.7.5 6.17%
1.7.0 6.29%
1.6.6 9.35%
1.6.5 11.51%
1.6.2 9.50%
1.6.1 15.52%
1.6.0 3.15%
1.5.0 8.81%
1.1.0 10.77%
1.0.1 0.92%
1.0.0 1.13%

Download App

What is Download App?  (from CBS Interactive)

The Download App is a free application from Download.com that helps update the software on your Windows computer. The Download App will scan your computer and notify you when updates are available for the software you have installed. Software updates contain new features and patches that make your computer more secure....  Read more


Download App is a software program developed by CBS Interactive. The most common release is 1.8.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 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 cbsi.appstore.main.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 25 files and is usually about 61.68 MB (64,676,383 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 68% of users of Download App come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.
  • Starts automatically
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cnet.com/techtracker
Installation folder: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\cbs interactive\download app
Uninstaller: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\CBS Interactive\Download App\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 61.68 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Download App

Program executable:cbsi.appstore.main.exe
Name:Download App
Download App Store
Path:C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\cbs interactive\download app\cbsi.appstore.main.exe
Additional files:
  • uninst.exe - Download App (Download App Installer)
  • CBSI.AppStore.Flow.dll - TNT Application Store
  • libxml2.dll
  • libcurl.dll
  • zlib.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • iconv.dll (by Free Software Foundation) - libiconv: character set conversion library (LGPLed libiconv for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 and Windows 95/98/ME)
  • libcef.dll - Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Dynamic Link Library
  • libEGL.dll - ANGLE libEGL Dynamic Link Library
  • libGLESv2.dll - ANGLE libGLESv2 Dynamic Link Library
  • PCC_SDK.dll (by Systweak Software., (www.systweak.com)) - Systweak PC Cleaner
  • avcodec-53.dll
  • avformat-53.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • d3dcompiler_43.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • d3dx9_43.dll (by Microsoft) - Direct3D 9 Extensions
  • icudt.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • mfc100u.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 10 (MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version)
  • msvcp100.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcr100.dll
  • isxdl.dll (by Bjørnar Henden) - ISX Download DLL
  • sqlite3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CBSI.AppStore.Main.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{363301DC-9110-4498-8C1B-5AE39BEB5DFA}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • CBSI.AppStore.Main.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Run the Download App when the Computer Starts.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • CBSI.AppStore.Main.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\CBS Interactive\Download App\CBSI.AppStore.Main.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:72.21 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002937107%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00008264%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00021107%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:244,101,597
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:492.86 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:966 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Download App?

You can uninstall Download App 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 Download App, 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 Download App.
  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) 57%
Win 8 0%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 62%
Keep it 38%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.69%
Windows 10 29.43%
Windows Vista 5.81%
Windows XP 5.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.21%
Windows 8.1 11.42%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.88%
Windows 7 Professional 9.35%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.77%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

67.66% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 67.66%
  United Kingdom 4.70%
  Canada 3.98%
  Australia 1.78%
  Germany 1.62%
  Netherlands 1.37%
  India 1.33%
  Belgium 0.74%
  Sweden 0.72%
  France 0.70%
  Israel 0.67%
  South Africa 0.61%
  Brazil 0.56%
  New Zealand 0.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.78%
Dell 26.58%
Acer 15.02%
Toshiba 10.18%
ASUS 5.62%
Lenovo 2.74%
Samsung 2.19%
Intel 1.60%
American Megatrends 0.78%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.43%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.64%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.32%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.24%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.88%
Dell XPS 8300 2.16%

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

comments2 comments

user comment
user comment
genomeover a year ago
As DAMIEN notes you need to go to settings and disable the scheduler, load at startup etc. I have also noticed that even after I close the application there are processes running. These are called CBSI.AppStore.Main.exe *32. I have to go to task manager and end those processes.
user comment
DAMIENover a year ago
With this program go into settings and set everything to manual not automatic...also make sure to disable it at startup at the checkmark are marked launch at startup...just remove the checkmark is all that is needed...once this is done it will behave nicely as cnet tracker which it replaced used to do nicely...the program once disabled from doing its own thing will then behave nicely without impacting system resources.