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Should I remove Ghostery IE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,664
United States Rank #9,242
Reach 0.0327%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.55 days
163.75 days >
Average installed length: 86.04 days


VersionDistribution 81.44% 18.34% 0.22%

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Ghostery IE

What is Ghostery IE?  (from Evidon)

Ghostery™ sees the invisible web - tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity. Ghostery™ allows you to block scripts from companies that you don't trust, delete ...  Read more


Ghostery IE is a program developed by Evidon. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. 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 installer includes 7 files and is usually about 5.72 MB (5,997,884 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 56% of users of Ghostery IE come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Netherlands.

The program is built using the Crossrider framework, a cross browser monetization platform used to deploy a toolbar and extension for modern web browsers with monetization features including browser search and homepage redirection, contextual coupons and in-line text advertising. Crossrider extensions include background processes to monitor, update and automatically download new features/code without direct user interaction.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ghostery.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ghostery ie
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Ghostery IE\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 5.72 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ghostery IE

  • Ghostery IE.dll - Ghostery IE (Ghostery IE BHO)
  • Ghostery IE64.exe - Ghostery IE exe
  • Ghostery IE-bg.exe
  • Ghostery IEGui.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - Ghostery IE Installer
  • ButtonUtil.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • Ghostery IE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Ghostery IE' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110211091100} (CrossriderApp0020900).
Scheduled Task
  • Ghostery IE-bg.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CEEFB33D-7D2B-4970-9BDE-484757CE34A1}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Ghostery IE?

Quickly and completely remove Ghostery IE from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Ghostery IE 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Ghostery IE, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Ghostery IE.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Ghostery IE you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.79%
Windows 8 22.93%
Windows XP 7.86%
Windows Vista 7.42%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.28%
Windows 7 Professional 12.17%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.73%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.74%
Windows 8.1 5.97%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.75%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.64%
  United Kingdom 6.36%
  Netherlands 5.82%
  Germany 5.82%
  France 4.55%
  Canada 3.09%
  Australia 2.36%
  Italy 2.36%
  Belgium 1.82%
  Thailand 0.73%
  BS 0.73%
  Japan 0.73%
  DK 0.73%
  Switzerland 0.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.96%
Hewlett-Packard 22.78%
Acer 14.23%
ASUS 8.54%
Toshiba 8.54%
Intel 3.91%
Medion 1.78%
Lenovo 1.42%
Samsung 1.42%
American Megatrends 1.07%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.20%
Dell XPS 8500 4.20%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.50%
Dell XPS 8300 2.80%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.80%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 2.10%

comments2 comments

user comment
user comment
Emmaover a year ago
1+ year user here. This is definitely an indispensable program for anyone who values their privacy, and eyes. I have set it to remove social media buttons and widgets too, because to me they are useless and annoying. When used along with an Ad-Blocker, pages look so much cleaner and clutter-free. Of course, if you find that some elements of a page aren't working, it's super easy to go to the top right corner and quickly unblock individual trackers and widgets, or just pause it and reload the page. Some people have voiced their concerns over data collection from Ghostery, but sending them information is optional, and disabled by default! Just don't enable it and you'll be fine.
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cayman44over a year ago
I have been running it for a week. It is an eye opener on how much other data is being gathered in background and being sent out with these background aps - Google Analytics seems most pervasive. Seems to have some problems with On-line banking software if you block certain background aps. Seemed to slow down eBay when I blocked everything - as expected. In general, seems worth having. You can unblock as needed. This software can only get better - until you block NSA. That's when the Fit hits the Shan.