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Should I remove Plugin Update?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,010
United States Rank #10,692
Reach 0.0111%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 33.39 days
985.03 days >
Average installed length: 517.56 days

Plugin Update

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What is Plugin Update?

Plugin Update is an adware style application that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search provider and redirect web searches to what ever search engine partner the publisher has a revenue relationship with. In doing so, the toolbar performs a number of behaviors in order to maximize the potential of a user to click on sponsored advertising through search. This includes but not limited to:

- Changing the web browser's default home page to the affiliate search portal.
- Changing the browser's search provider, built-in search box as well as the address bar.
- Ability to modify the 'new tab' functionality to launch the modified search portal page.
- Provide automatic updates of the toolbar without the user's initiation.
- Adds an alternative error page and page not found functionality.
- Adds additional functionality that is designed to protect the search and home page settings.
- Access the HTML of all pages visited as well as capture URLs of the pages and search terms.
- In many cases can inject advertising in the form of context ads, pop-ups and pop-unders.


It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is uc.dll. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 2 files.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Plugin Update.
uc.dll (f98471c160deb55e89e58379c46a1afc) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir ADWARE/Adware.Gen
Comodo Security 17583 ApplicUnwnt
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.9 TROJ_GEN.R0C1H07JN13

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\plugin update
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Plugin Update\uninstall.exe

Program filesFiles installed by Plugin Update

Program module:uc.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Plugin Update
Path:C:\Program Files\plugin update\uc.dll
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • uc.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Plugin Update' with the class of {09942569-D515-42BE-9F5A-A439B20F91AB}.

How do I remove Plugin Update?

Quickly and completely remove Plugin Update from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove Plugin Update from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Plugin Update 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Plugin Update, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Plugin Update.
  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 Plugin Update you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 83%
Win XP 1%
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 86.05%
Windows 10 7.44%
Windows Vista 5.58%
Windows XP 0.93%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 65.42%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.35%
Windows 7 Professional 8.41%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.74%
Windows 10 Home 3.27%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.87%

Distribution by countryGeography

91.78% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 91.78%
  India 4.82%
  Australia 0.28%
  Canada 0.28%
  Ecuador 0.28%
  IQ 0.28%
  LC 0.28%
  Republic Of Moldova 0.28%
  MK 0.28%
  Philippines 0.28%
  PS 0.28%
  RS 0.28%
  Saudi Arabia 0.28%
  TN 0.28%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.79%
Dell 18.02%
Toshiba 17.44%
Lenovo 7.56%
ASUS 6.98%
Acer 6.40%
Intel 1.16%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.48%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.99%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.99%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.99%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D 2.99%
HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook ... 2.24%


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