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What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,457
United States Rank #1,633
Reach 0.4709%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.86 days
497.35 days >
Average installed length: 261.32 days


VersionDistribution 0.05% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.19% 0.06% 0.01% 0.54% 0.14% 1.05% 0.01% 0.05% 0.02% 1.19% 0.02% 0.54% 0.01% 2.22% 1.13% 0.48% 0.18% 0.14% 0.22% 0.22% 0.11% 0.19% 0.38% 0.06% 0.38% 0.65% 0.11% 0.03% 0.12% 0.05% 0.02% 0.05% 0.01% 12.13% 10.55% 2.42% 5.63% 12.70% 0.70% 1.52% 2.69% 3.59% 4.37% 0.61% 0.36%
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MyHeritage Family Tree Builder

What is MyHeritage Family Tree Builder?

Family Tree Builder (FTB) is genealogy software to create family trees. The free download version is distributed as freeware, with no restrictions, although registration is required to run the software. Users may pay a fee to "unlock" the additional features in the Premium version. The free download version may thus be considered a kind of registerware and crippleware. Users may add birth, death, and marriage dates; notes about where their ancestors lived, their profession, hobbies and interests; and picture of ancestors. The program can also create charts that show how two people are related. Users can build their family tree either offline or on a secure online site, and offline trees can be published to a family site.


The most used version is, with over 66% of all installations currently using this version. 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). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is myheritage.exe. The software installer includes 41 files and is usually about 38.54 MB (40,411,758 bytes). FTBCheckUpdates.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\MyHeritage
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\MyHeritage\Bin\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 38.54 MB

Program filesFiles installed by MyHeritage Family Tree Builder

Program executable:myheritage.exe
Name:MyHeritage Family Tree Builder
MyHeritage Family Tree Builder Genealogy Software
Path:C:\Program Files\myheritage\bin\myheritage.exe
Additional files:
  • FTBCheckUpdates.exe - MyHeritage Family Tree Builder check for updates
  • FamilyTreePublisher.exe - MyHeritage Family Tree Publisher (MyHeritage Family Tree Publisher Software)
  • ftb_research.exe - MyHeritage Family Tree Builder (MyHeritage Family Tree Builder Research Application)
  • SearchEngineQuery2.dll - MyHeritage Research
  • SmartResearch.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • MyHeritage.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{206FAFAA-6356-4051-B139-A1C54F3E460B}' (runs on registration).
  • FTBCheckUpdates.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Family Tree Builder update' (runs monthly on Fridays at 7:06 PM).
  • FamilyTreePublisher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4C46DE7F-346A-4F32-AFAB-72CC6F1207CC}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • FTBCheckUpdates.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Family Tree Builder Update.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • FTBCheckUpdates.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Family Tree Builder Update' which loads as C:\Program Files\MyHeritage\Bin\FTBCheckUpdates.exe.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • MyHeritage.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\MyHeritage\Bin\MyHeritage.exe'.
  • FTBCheckUpdates.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\MyHeritage\Bin\FTBCheckUpdates.exe'.

How do I remove MyHeritage Family Tree Builder?

You can uninstall MyHeritage Family Tree Builder 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 MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, 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 MyHeritage Family Tree Builder.

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 7 54.54%
Windows 10 30.74%
Windows Vista 8.24%
Windows XP 6.48%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.46%
Windows 10 Home 12.04%
Windows 7 Professional 8.05%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.32%
Windows 8.1 7.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.73%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.42%
  Germany 11.57%
  United Kingdom 5.55%
  Australia 3.49%
  Canada 3.49%
  Netherlands 3.37%
  France 2.75%
  Italy 2.52%
  Israel 2.29%
  Sweden 2.16%
  Belgium 1.95%
  Czech Republic 1.68%
  Norway 1.65%
  DK 1.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.64%
Dell 21.23%
Acer 17.77%
ASUS 7.79%
Toshiba 6.91%
Medion 3.78%
Lenovo 3.20%
Samsung 2.37%
American Megatrends 1.51%
Intel 1.45%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.45%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.13%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.53%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.89%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.78%
ASUS All Series 2.46%

About MyHeritage.com

MyHeritage is a family social network service and genealogy website which allows users to create their own family websites, share pictures and videos, organize family events, create family trees, and search for ancestors.
Publisher URL: www.myheritage.com


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