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What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,205
United States Rank #17,607
Reach 0.0264%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.25 days
361.50 days >
Average installed length: 189.94 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Hamster Free Archiver

What is Hamster Free Archiver?

The software is typically bundled with third party installers such as Open Candy.

About  (from HamsterSoft)

A free and powerful compression utility that's easy to use and supports advanced features like archive splitting and password protection.


Hamster Free Archiver is a program developed by HamsterSoft. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is hamsterarc.exe. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 27.98 MB (29,341,136 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 31% of users of Hamster Free Archiver come from Russia, it is also popular in the United States and UA.
Hamster Free Archiver 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

URL: www.hamstersoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hamster Soft\Hamster Free Archiver\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Hamster Soft\Hamster Free Archiver\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 27.98 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hamster Free Archiver

Program executable:hamsterarc.exe
Name:Hamster Lite Archiver
Path:C:\Program Files\hamster soft\hamster free archiver\hamsterarc.exe
Additional files:
  • HamsterContextMenu.dll - HamsterSoft Free ZIP Archiver Context Menu
  • HamsterContextMenu64.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • HamsterContextMenu64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'HamsterFreeMenu' with a class of {2DEDD2C9-928E-4442-9417-769C969973B6}.
  • HamsterContextMenu.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'HamsterFreeMenu' with a class of {2DEDD2C9-928E-4442-9417-769C969973B6}.
Scheduled Task
  • HamsterArc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{880ABA73-A330-41F0-AFFD-F9E5EEFBBEA6}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • HamsterArc.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Hamster Free Archiver' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hamster Soft\Hamster Free Archiver\HamsterArc.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • HamsterArc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HamsterArc.exe' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hamster Soft\Hamster Free Archiver\HamsterArc.exe -loader.

How do I remove Hamster Free Archiver?

You can uninstall Hamster Free Archiver 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 Hamster Free Archiver, 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 Hamster Free Archiver.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.75%
Windows 10 20.69%
Windows XP 9.58%
Windows Vista 4.98%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.39%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.24%
Windows 7 Home Basic 10.81%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.85%
Windows 7 Professional 6.95%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 5.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.40% of installs come from Russia
Which countries install it?
  Russia 31.40%
  United States 24.49%
  UA 8.22%
  Germany 6.17%
  BY 3.18%
  United Kingdom 2.43%
  Kazakstan 2.24%
  Italy 2.24%
  Sweden 1.87%
  Latvia 1.12%
  Spain 1.12%
  AZ 0.93%
  Lithuania 0.93%
  Belgium 0.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 19.54%
Hewlett-Packard 19.21%
ASUS 16.23%
Dell 12.58%
Lenovo 9.60%
Samsung 4.97%
Intel 2.98%
American Megatrends 1.99%
Sahara 1.32%
Toshiba 1.32%
MSI 0.99%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.19%
ASUSTeK K53SC 3.51%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.92%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.34%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.34%
ASUSTeK K53SD 1.75%


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