84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove PastaQuotes?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13,364
United States Rank #6,420
Reach 0.0228%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.48 days
132.09 days >
Average installed length: 69.40 days


VersionDistribution 13.78% 49.33% 16.67% 10.44% 9.78%

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What is PastaQuotes?

PastaQuotes/PastaLeads is an web browser advertisement extension that delivers ads to the user's web browser. Ads are in the form of traditional banners as well as context-hyper links. Ads delivered are injected on any web page the software decides to include it on and not just those affiliated with the software or its affiliates. The ads are not affiliated nor endorsed by the underlying websites on which they appear. The program periodically connects with its remote servers to download new ad feeds and will report back the domains and URLs the user visits as well as the links and advertisements the user clicks on while browsing the web. This adware is mostly bundled with 3rd party download managers that include a number of additional offers, all potentially unwanted programs.


The most common release is, 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. 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 primary executable is named PastaLeadsService.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 8 files and is usually about 1.88 MB (1,968,144 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PastaQuotes.
PastaLeadsService.exe (7b26a72740602856e33e49d9af892b99) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Malwarebytes v2014.11.20.10 PUP.Optional.PastaLeads.A
Symantec 11/20/2014 rev. 5 WS.Reputation
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.324 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0821

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: PastaLeads
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\pastaleads
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\pastaleads\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.88 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PastaQuotes

Program executable:PastaLeadsService.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\pastaleads\PastaLeadsService.exe
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe (by PastaLeads) - pastaleads (PastaQuotes)
  • PastaLeadsService.exe - PastaLeadsService
  • ScheduledTask.exe - ScheduledTask

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ScheduledTask.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PastaQuotes' (runs daily at 4:50 PM).
  • PastaLeadsService.exe runs as a service named 'PastaQuotes' (pastaleadsServiceCore) "Enables you to find the best service professionals in your area and compare offers.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:54.85 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0025412224%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00085402%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00168721%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,247,415
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:313 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove PastaQuotes?

You can uninstall PastaQuotes 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 PastaQuotes, 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 PastaQuotes.
  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) 52%
Win XP 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.67%
Windows 10 38.67%
Windows Vista 4.89%
Windows XP 1.78%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.53%
Windows 8.1 24.72%
Windows 8 9.80%
Windows 7 Professional 9.58%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.90%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.79%

Distribution by countryGeography

97.63% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 97.63%
  Israel 0.66%
  Canada 0.66%
  Iran 0.26%
  Vietnam 0.13%
  Brazil 0.13%
  Australia 0.13%
  PF 0.13%
  DZ 0.13%
  Pakistan 0.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.08%
Dell 25.57%
Toshiba 10.63%
Acer 10.06%
ASUS 6.32%
Lenovo 6.03%
Intel 1.15%
Alienware 0.57%
Samsung 0.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 5.37%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.37%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.90%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.41%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.93%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.93%

comments2 comments

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Anonyover a year ago
Not sure what it is but it did prevent normal operation on a website using Internet Explorer 9
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Andeover a year ago
I don't know where this PastaQuotes came from. It is NOT listed in my Windows 7 Control Panel | Programs. I see it in Task Manager only. So, I definitely classify it as Malicious MalWare. So, how do I remove it?