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Should I remove Pando Media Booster?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
51% remove it49% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #256
United States Rank #294
Reach 2.2543%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.04 days
89.78 days >
Average installed length: 47.17 days


VersionDistribution 0.89% 13.08% 29.24% 42.23% 1.03% 1.04% 3.04% 0.07% 0.05% 0.00% 3.55% 0.60% 0.01% 0.95% 0.41% 0.99% 0.16% 0.02% 0.36% 0.46% 0.18% 0.22% 0.27% 0.42% 0.01% 0.05% 0.02% 0.01% 0.01% 0.02% 0.03% 0.00% 0.04% 0.03% 0.04% 0.02% 0.02% 0.01% 0.00% 0.05% 0.00% 0.01%

Other programs by Pando Networks

Pando Media Booster

What is Pando Media Booster?

Pando Media Booster (PMB) is an application by Pando Networks that is used by game and software publishers to ensure safe, complete and speedy downloads of large files. PMB is primarily used to download MMORPGs. Users of PMB participate in a secure, closed peer-to-peer network where users receive pieces of the download package from a Content Delivery Network (CDN) as well as other active users (peers). Unlike Pando, PMB cannot be used to send files from the user's computer. PMB is only activated to deliver Pando-enabled downloads from commercial sources such as TV networks, software publishers and gaming companies. Pando Media Booster (PMB.exe) listens on TCP ports 443 and 563.

About  (from Pando Networks)

Pando Media Booster is a small application (PMB.exe) that accelerates the streaming and downloading of high quality media such as High-Definition videos and large games. It uses Pando Networks' secured managed peer-assisted technology Pando Media Booster (PMB.exe) enables you with a faster, richer experience; by downlo...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Pando Media Booster.
uninst.exe (b2c223c971c44dcbe14da9f08c1f705c) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Jiangmin KV140112 Trojan/Refroso.jqw
The Hacker Trojan/Refroso.bnav
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.12 TROJ_GEN.F47V1005
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pandonetworks.com/pando-media-booster-support-faq
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Pando Networks\Media Booster
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Pando Networks\Media Booster\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 7.23 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Pando Media Booster

Program executable:pmb.exe
Name:Pando Media Booster
Path:C:\Program Files\pando networks\media booster\pmb.exe
Additional files:
  • npPandoWebPlugin.dll - Pando Web Plugin
  • BugSplatRc.dll (by BugSplat) - BugSplatRc Dynamic Link Library (Crash reporting module, BugSplatRc)
  • freebl3.dll (by Mozilla Foundation) - Network Security Services (NSS freebl Library)
  • nspr4.dll (by Mozilla Foundation) - Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR Library)
  • nss3.dll - NSS Base Library
  • nssckbi.dll - NSS Builtin Trusted Root CAs
  • plc4.dll - PLC Library
  • plds4.dll - PLDS Library
  • softokn3.dll - NSS PKCS #11 Library
  • uninst.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npPandoWebPlugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npPandoWebPlugin.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npPandoWebPlugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@pandonetworks.com/PandoWebPlugin' with a plugin key of '@pandonetworks.com/PandoWebPlugin' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • PMB.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DC3EF568-5678-4A3F-AEA2-FE89C5BCE444}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • PMB.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Pando Media Booster.
Startup File (User Run)
  • PMB.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Pando Media Booster' and executes as C:\Program Files\Pando Networks\Media Booster\PMB.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PMB.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Pando Media Booster' which loads as C:\Program Files\Pando Networks\Media Booster\PMB.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • PMB.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Pando Networks\Media Booster\PMB.exe'.
Network connections
  • PMB.exe connects to (port 57495).
  • PMB.exe connects to (port 2870).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:24.21 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0183032188%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00706443%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01123879%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:18,175,922
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:2.34 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:68.79 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Pando Media Booster?

You can uninstall Pando Media Booster 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 Pando Media Booster, 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 Pando Media Booster.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 51%
Keep it 49%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.03%
Windows 10 23.72%
Windows Vista 4.88%
Windows XP 3.36%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.88%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.78%
Windows 8.1 9.14%
Windows 7 Professional 8.42%
Windows 8 4.51%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.28%
  Germany 4.64%
  France 4.49%
  Canada 4.18%
  Brazil 3.55%
  United Kingdom 3.34%
  Australia 1.98%
  Netherlands 1.86%
  Sweden 1.78%
  Italy 1.74%
  Spain 1.39%
  DK 1.28%
  Turkey 1.20%
  Belgium 1.19%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.04%
Acer 17.37%
Dell 15.88%
ASUS 14.94%
Toshiba 6.27%
Samsung 4.12%
Lenovo 4.01%
Alienware 2.07%
MSI 1.34%
Intel 0.99%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.22%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.54%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.81%
ASUS All Series 4.14%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.50%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.10%

About (from Pando Networks Inc.)

Pando Networks was formed with one simple goal: sharing what we love.
Publisher URL: www.pando.com

comments7 comments

user comment
user comment
Agent766over a year ago
This is also required for Autodesk's web installers. I believe PMB is a torrent-like peer to peer installer which is where people may be getting all those foreign IPs from. This relieves a huge load from the actual host's servers.
user comment
UnhappyWithPandoRightNowover a year ago
I've uninstalled this piece of rubbish from my PC some days ago. Yet, it didn't actually uninstall. De-activated the service, it simply restarts itself. Uninstalled again - this time getting the message that the junk had already been previously uninstalled, which prompted the question if I wanted to remove the entry in the add/remove programs list, which in a moment of brainfart I did select. Surprise, surprise, it's not uninstalled, not deleted, still active, still slurping memory and bandwidth. All this while I have no "pando supported software" installed at this time. I do know where this install came from, a game my nephew played while he was staying here, but when he left the game was uninstalled - and we assumed Pando would be gone along with it. Nephew has informed me that nowhere during the install of the game he was prompted about any Pando product being bundled with, or even required by, said game. Nowhere during uninstall did it come up - and he didn't check "add/remove programs", which I did for a completely unrelated reason when I spotted that garbage in the list. So, uninstalling it through the add/remove programs list doesn't uninstall it.... the uninstaller that comes with Pando itself doesn't uninstall it... the crap that they plug into the network stuff on the config screen doesn't disable or do anything else, everything gets done to just happily leech your memory and bandwidth. The game is uninstalled, Pando Media Booster is no longer required, it has been uninstalled, and yet it still forces itself on my computer, eagerly trying to connect to some 50 Russian and Saudi-Arabian addresses... why? The game in question that it had been bundled with during install was a Korean product, played on Korean and US-based servers, a test by myself on a seperate computer shows that at no point this game required any connections with Saudi-Arabia or Russia, nor does it ever make any such connections. So why, why, why is PMB so keen on plugging my computer to addresses which are teh interwebz' equivalent of STD-ridden streetwalkers? And why is PMB doing this, when a few different sources on the web are pointing out: "Pando shut down its servers and ceased business on August 31, 2013."? Short version: This is malicious memory- and bandwidth-hogging malware, with an uninstaller that doesn't uninstall, which only tries to trick you into thinking it got uninstalled when in reality it didn't uninstall... a malware which nests itself into your config scr...
expert comment
AdwareBuster (Expert)over a year ago
PMB is installed with the Riot Games version of League of Legends.
user comment
RwkYover a year ago
my PMB came with League of Legends, disabled it's startup on boot, besides that no problem
user comment
notpaidtotalkwellover a year ago
don't listen to the comments below - pando can use exorbitant amounts of bandwidth (especially problematic for countries with capped upload/download bandwidth - like Australia) in the background whenever you have launched it, usually through another application like League of Legends. In the case of LoL, it is COMPLETELY unnecessary for the game to run and can easily be uninstalled with no negative effect. Pando is ridiculous - it marauds itself as an svhost.exe application among other names, and consistently tries to hide itself. Pando is ridiculous - unless you know it is essential for your applications, UNINSTALL IT.
user comment
JSTover a year ago
Pando Media Booster was installed on your system when you chose to download, install or stream a large media file from one of the many publishers who use Pando to enhance your speed and experience.
user comment
Stanley89over a year ago
Pando Media Booster is required to download and install Aion as well as updates. The process of using Pando Media Booster is completely automated. The application will automatically load and connect when you attempt to download any Pando supported application like Aion. There is no interaction needed from the user.