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3% remove it97% keep it
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Lightning Download


Lightning Download is a software program developed by Headlight Software. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named lightning.exe. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 5.46 MB (5,729,178 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 69% of users of Lightning Download come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.LightningDownload.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Lightning Download\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Lightning Download\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 5.46 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Lightning Download

Program executable:lightning.exe
Name:Lightning Download
Lightning Download® see: www.LightningDownload.com
Path:C:\Program Files\lightning download\lightning.exe
Additional files:
  • NPLtngDl.dll - Lightning Download® Plugin www.lightningdownload.com (Lightning Download Opera/Mozilla Plug-In)
  • AdminPrivSetting.exe - (Shared by Headlight Software Products) (Change Settings that need Admin Privileges)
  • LD_Catch.dll - Lightning Download (Lightning Download's Click Monitoring. www.lightningdownload.com)
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • alclient.dll (by Icenet) - Anti-Leech client library
  • dunzip32.dll (by Inner Media) - DynaZip-32 Multi-Threading UnZip DLL
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • LD_Catch.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'IE to Lightning Helper' with the class of {F1FF080D-12A3-439A-A2EF-4BA95A3148E8}.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Lightning.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Lightning Download' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lightning Download\Lightning.exe.

How do I remove Lightning Download?

You can uninstall Lightning Download 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 Lightning Download, 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 Lightning Download.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Lightning Download you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win XP 13%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows 10 37.50%
Windows XP 12.50%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Pro 25.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.50%
Windows 7 Professional 12.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise 12.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.23%
  Brazil 7.69%
  Canada 7.69%
  France 7.69%
  Israel 7.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 33.33%
Acer 16.67%
Sony 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard 16.67%
Common models
Sony VPCCA15FA 12.50%
Semp Toshiba Informatica ... 12.50%
Hewlett-Packard 700-215xt 12.50%
Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4 12.50%
Gateway SX2110G 12.50%
Dell Latitude D630 12.50%

About (from Headlight Software, Inc.)

Headlight Software was founded by Michael Burford. The first product was the GetRight Download Manager, which was released in February 1997.
Publisher URL: www.headlightinc.com


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