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What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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Microsoft AntiSpyware

What is Microsoft AntiSpyware?  (from Microsoft)

Spyware removal can often be a difficult and time-consuming task depending on the level of infection. Many kinds of unwanted software, including spyware, are designed to be difficult to remove. If you try to uninstall this software like any other program, you might find that the program reappears as soon as you restart...  Read more


Microsoft AntiSpyware is a program developed by Microsoft. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 13.16 MB (13,803,036 bytes). gcasSWUpdater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 80% of users of Microsoft AntiSpyware come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{536F7C74-844B-4683-B0C5-EA39E19A6FE3}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 13.16 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft AntiSpyware

  • gcAntiSpywareLibrary.dll - Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta 1) (Microsoft AntiSpyware Common Library)
  • gcASCleaner.exe - Threat Cleaner Helper
  • gcasDtServ.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Data Service
  • gcasInstallHelper.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Installation Helper
  • gcASNotice.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Notice
  • gcASPrivacyLib.dll - Privacy/Tracks Eraser Library
  • gcasServ.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Service
  • gcasServAlert.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Service User Interface
  • gcASSoapLib.dll - Microsoft AntiSpyware SOAP Library
  • gcasSWUpdater.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Software Updater
  • gcASThreatAudit.dll - AntiSpyware Threat Audit Engine Library
  • GCCollection.dll - Microsoft AntiSpyware Persistence
  • gcIPtoHostQueue.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware IP to Host Converter
  • gcSoftwareUpdateLib.dll - Automatic Patch and Upgrade Functionality
  • gcTCPObjLib.dll - Microsoft AntiSpyware TCP Helper Library
  • GIANTAntiSpywareMain.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Main
  • GIANTAntiSpywareUpdater.exe - Microsoft AntiSpyware Updater
  • MSSSRT.exe - Microsoft Suspected Spyware Reporting Tool
  • shellextension.dll - Microsoft AntiSpyware Shell Extension
  • remlsp.dll - Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Microsoft AntiSpyware LSP remover)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • gcasServ.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'gcasServ' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe".

How do I remove Microsoft AntiSpyware?

You can uninstall Microsoft AntiSpyware 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 Microsoft AntiSpyware, 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 Microsoft AntiSpyware.

Win XP 69%
Win Vista (SP2) 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 74.29%
Windows 7 22.86%
Windows Vista 2.86%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 78.79%
Windows 7 Home Premium 12.12%
Windows 7 Professional 3.03%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.03%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.00%
  Germany 10.00%
  United Kingdom 4.00%
  Austria 2.00%
  Hungary 2.00%
  Israel 2.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 39.13%
Intel 17.39%
Hewlett-Packard 13.04%
Sahara 8.70%
ASUS 8.70%
Toshiba 4.35%
Sony 4.35%
Gateway 4.35%
Common models
VIA K7VT4A+ 4.00%
Parallels Software Intern... 4.00%
MEDIONPC MS-7012 4.00%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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