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Should I remove Fast Browser?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
74% remove it26% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,732
United States Rank #5,638
Reach 0.0282%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.58 days
223.51 days >
Average installed length: 117.44 days


46.0.2465.0 35.32%
34.0.1848.0 52.79%
29.0.1531.0 11.89%

Fast Browser

What is Fast Browser?

The software is bundled with various adware installers. It will also add a number of icons to the users task bar, these icons are links to open the browser and include ones for social media sites, etc. Its also set the fastbrowsersearch.com site as the default search and home pages.

Fast Browser is a custom build of the Chromium (Chrome) web browser. However this custom version is designed to be distributed in a co-bundled attached with adware style applications and an embedded custom search provider. In addition to being the host of the bundled, this version of Fast Browser will automatically launch the web browser on startup.


The most used version is 34.0.1848.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 main program executable is chrome.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 50 files and is usually about 222.13 MB (232,921,645 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Fast Browser.
chrome.exe (39c0e2667f4dfbe4ec25cceaa16084d6) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 981 Trojan.Generic.11238507
avast! 2014.9-140430 Win32:Dropper-gen [Drp]
Bitdefender Trojan.Generic.11238507
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Generic.11238507
F-Secure 11.2014-30-05_6 Trojan.Generic.11238507
G Data 14.5.24 Trojan.Generic.11238507
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.Generic.11238507
nProtect Trojan.Generic.11238507
Fast Browser 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: Fast Browser
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Fast Browser\Application
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Fast Browser\Application\29.0.1531.0\Installer\setup.exe" --uninstall --system-level
Estimated size: 222.13 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Fast Browser

Program executable:chrome.exe
Name:Fast Browser
Path:C:\Program Files\Fast Browser\Application\chrome.exe
Additional files:
  • chrome_frame_helper.dll - Google Chrome Frame (Chrome Frame renders the Web of the future in the browsers of the past. It's like strapping a rocket engine to a minivan.)
  • chrome_frame_helper.exe
  • chrome_launcher.exe
  • npchrome_frame.dll
  • chrmstp.exe - Fast Browser
  • chrome.dll
  • chrome_child.dll
  • delegate_execute.exe
  • metro_driver.dll
  • nacl64.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • chrome.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Sparta WW2' (Next runs on 8/3/2014 at 10:10 AM).
Startup File (User Run)
  • chrome.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'GoogleChromeAutoLaunch_2972C6994C1405F35F049E820F0306F4' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Fast Browser\Application\chrome.exe" --auto-launch-at-startup --profile-directory="Default".
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • chrome.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #0' which loads as C:\Program Files\Fast Browser\Application\chrome.exe --user-data-dir="C:/Users/doug-/AppData/Roaming/Brackets\live-dev-profile" --disk-cache-size=250000000 --no-first-run --no-default-browser-check -.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • chrome.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Fast Browser\Application\chrome.exe'.

How do I remove Fast Browser?

You can uninstall Fast Browser 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 Fast Browser, 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 Fast Browser.
  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 10 55%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 55.94%
Windows 7 36.69%
Windows Vista 5.58%
Windows XP 1.80%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.17%
Windows 10 Home 20.94%
Windows 8.1 19.68%
Windows 7 Professional 7.58%
Windows 8 5.78%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.87%

Distribution by countryGeography

96.77% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 96.77%
  United Kingdom 1.51%
  Canada 1.19%
  Iran 0.32%
  Singapore 0.11%
  China 0.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 42.47%
Dell 24.20%
Acer 10.73%
Toshiba 7.08%
ASUS 6.39%
Lenovo 3.42%
Samsung 2.28%
Alienware 0.68%
American Megatrends 0.46%
Sony 0.46%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 6.20%
HP 15 Notebook PC 5.79%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.72%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 3.72%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.89%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.07%


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