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Should I remove InstallBrain Updater Service?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,734
United States Rank #20,051
Reach 0.0112%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.84 days
880.26 days >
Average installed length: 462.51 days


14,12,8,9 50.68%
14,1,1,4 23.53%
14,1,1,3 1.81%
11,6,20,2 23.98%

InstallBrain Updater Service

What is InstallBrain Updater Service?

InstallBrain Updater Service runs in the background as a Windows Service named InstallBrainService. InstallBrain Updater Service is possibly part of InstallBrain, a software download manager.

Version 11,6,20,2 of the software which is registered with the same name in Windows Programs includes an additional component and Service registered with the description of 'InstallBrain Updater Service' and under the common name 'InstallBrainService'. This services executable InstallBrainService.exe is registered with the digital signature owned by WhiteSmoke Inc. where as the standard 'InstallBrain Updater Service' (ibsvc.exe) is digitally signed by PerformerSoft LLC. However, we have also seen some variations where the InstallBrainService.exe executable is also signed by PerformerSoft LLC.

File Analysis:
Variants of InstallBrainService.exe listed in Windows Services as InstallBrain Updater Service:
- MD5: ef194695e82f070882cc0724e732807b - Signed by Performersoft LLC
- MD5: 8813eeee8f8251a768008bd381f1720f - Signed by WhiteSmoke Inc
- MD5: 91333c04d588dee3addafd2f1b9c7095 - Signed by WhiteSmoke Inc
- MD5: 780b8815468952be845acdb010bfa067 - Signed by Performersoft LLC

Network Analysis:
The following network HTTP requests are performed via one or more instances of the ibsvc.exe (Windows Service named Install Brain Updater):
- URI (HTTP/1.1): http://api.ibario.com/track/ib-start?cid=
- URI (HTTP/1.1): http://www.softologicse.com/files/products/PCPerformerSetup_genericv3.cf
- URI (HTTP/1.1): http://stats1-1013604270.us-east-1.elb.amazonaws.com/service/stats.php?sv=1


The most common release is 14,12,8,9, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named ibsvc.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 3 files and is usually about 500.83 KB (512,848 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in InstallBrain Updater Service.
ibsvc.exe (e7d56d9991a1b4d1a53cf54f67eb1506) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir APPL/InstallBrain.Gen5
avast! 2014.9-130828 Win32:PUP-gen [PUP]
Comodo Security 16818 ApplicUnwnt.Win32.AdWare.IBrain.B
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.371
ESET-NOD32 7.8724 a variant of Win32/InstallBrain
F-Prot v6. W32/IBrain.B.gen
K7 AntiVirus 13.170.9377 Unwanted-Program
Malwarebytes v2013.08.28.03 PUP.BundleInstaller.IB
Sophos 4.91 Generic PUA NE
Trend Micro 10.465.28 TROJ_SPNR.03D513
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.240 TROJ_SPNR.03D513
VIPRE Antivirus 20850 InstallBrain (fs)
InstallBrain Updater Service 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

Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\InstallBrainService
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\InstallBrainService\ibsvc.exe" /UNINSTALL
Estimated size: 500.83 KB

Program filesFiles installed by InstallBrain Updater Service

Program executable:ibsvc.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • ibsvc.exe runs as a service named 'InstallBrain Updater Service' (InstallBrainService) "InstallBrain Updater Service".

How do I remove InstallBrain Updater Service?

You can uninstall InstallBrain Updater Service 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 InstallBrain Updater Service, 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 InstallBrain Updater Service.
  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) 61%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.27%
Windows XP 16.22%
Windows Vista 11.26%
Windows 10 2.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.10%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.98%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.16%
Windows 7 Professional 7.76%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.85%
Windows 7 Starter 4.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.16% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.16%
  Germany 4.94%
  Brazil 4.56%
  France 3.80%
  Japan 3.80%
  Canada 3.04%
  Italy 3.04%
  United Kingdom 3.04%
  Indonesia 2.66%
  MA 2.28%
  Iran 2.28%
  India 1.90%
  Netherlands 1.52%
  Chile 1.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.56%
Dell 21.05%
Acer 21.05%
Toshiba 6.77%
ASUS 6.02%
Samsung 5.26%
Intel 3.01%
Sahara 2.26%
American Megatrends 1.50%
NEC 1.50%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.97%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.17%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.17%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.17%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.38%
Gateway NV55C 2.38%

About PerformerSoft

PerformerSoft products bundle one or more of the following potentially unwanted software programs including Babylon Toolbar from Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers, Searchcore Toolbar, DealFinder add-on, PriceGong, Findamo, and many others.
Publisher URL: www.performersoft.com

comments2 comments

user comment
expert comment
Marc C (Expert)over a year ago
According to the InstallBrainService.exe properties in C:\Program Files\InstallBrainService\ the certificate is registered to Performersoft LLC. InstallBrainService.exe was installed when I installed PC Performer software.
expert comment
Tim (Expert)over a year ago
I have just installed video performer soft, a video converter, which came with this install brain updater. Just uninstall it and that's it. It has also ibsvc.exe process so if you see that process it's from this one.