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What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #25,966
United States Rank #24,991
Reach 0.0072%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.93 days
204.30 days >
Average installed length: 107.34 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

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Popular Screensavers

What is Popular Screensavers?

This is a web browser extension/toolbar that will modify the user's home page and search provider to Ask.com.

About  (from Mindspark Interactive Network)

By downloading the Toolbar, you will be installing a toolbar in your Internet browser (which may include both your active browser and any other compatible Internet browser(s) resident on your computer), and any supported email functions and/or chat functions with one or more of the following features provided by Mindsp...  Read more


Popular Screensavers is a program developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. The main program executable is p5svc.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 2.7 MB (2,827,647 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 37% of users of Popular Screensavers come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and India.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • 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 Popular Screensavers.
p5svc.exe (32dfcd93d3d468d2e75fd330812480de) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140422 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 2015.0.3497 Zango
Bkav FE W32.Clodfed.Trojan
VIPRE Antivirus 25784 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
NPp5Stub.dll (df2b8cf613b10039bc2a8557642ca041) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL WebToolbar/Win32.MyWebSearch
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG Zango
Bkav FE W32.Clod770.Trojan.9c06
CMC Antivirus WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch!O
Kaspersky not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.rn
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.MyWebSearch.rn.(kcloud)
Rising Antivirus PE:Malware.MyWebSearch!6.3F3
VIPRE Antivirus 24740 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
p5ScrCtr.dll (da4d621f7913a241945e046d3ae35326) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG Zango
Clam AntiVirus 0.97.3 Adware.Mywebsearch-6
ESET-NOD32 9190 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.P
VIPRE Antivirus 24740 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
       View all 18 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PopularScreensavers
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\PopularScreensavers\uninstall.exe" "/C:C:\Program Files\PopularScreensavers\Uninstall\uninstall.xml"
Estimated size: 2.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Popular Screensavers

Program executable:p5svc.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Popular Screen Savers
Path:C:\Program Files\PopularScreensavers\p5svc.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) NPp5Stub.dll (by popularscreensavers.com) - Popular Screensavers Plugin Stub (Popular Screensavers Plugin Stub for 32-bit Windows)
  • p5Plugin.dll (by popularscreensavers.com) - Popular Screensavers Plugin (Popular Screensavers Plugin for 32-bit Windows)
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)
  • p5cjpeg.dll - Popular Screensavers (JPEG Conversion DLL)
  • p5Html.dll - Popular Screensavers Html Player
  • p5MedInt.exe - Run a Popular Screensavers DLL as an App
  • (Malware detected) p5ScrCtr.dll (by FunWebProducts.com) - Popular Screensavers Tools
  • lua5.1.dll
  • p5wphook.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • NPp5Stub.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPp5Stub.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPp5Stub.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@popularscreensavers.com/Plugin' with a plugin key of '@popularscreensavers.com/Plugin' for all users of the PC.
Startup File (User Run)
  • p5ScrCtr.dll is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'p5PopularScreensaversWallpaper' and executes as rundll32 C:\Program Files2\POPULA~1\p5ScrCtr.dll,LES.

How do I remove Popular Screensavers?

Quickly and completely remove Popular Screensavers from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Popular Screensavers 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 Popular Screensavers, 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 Popular Screensavers.
  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 Popular Screensavers you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.36%
Windows 8 24.75%
Windows Vista 6.93%
Windows XP 3.96%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.00%
Windows 8.1 14.00%
Windows 7 Professional 12.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.39% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.39%
  Germany 11.30%
  India 6.09%
  IQ 6.09%
  Canada 3.48%
  DZ 2.61%
  Australia 1.74%
  Belgium 1.74%
  BG 1.74%
  Ecuador 1.74%
  United Kingdom 1.74%
  Indonesia 1.74%
  Jamaica 1.74%
  Malaysia 1.74%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.77%
Acer 27.27%
Dell 16.88%
Lenovo 9.09%
ASUS 2.60%
Intel 2.60%
Samsung 2.60%
Alienware 1.30%
Gateway 1.30%
American Megatrends 1.30%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.57%
Dell Inspiron N5050 2.38%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.38%
LENOVO HuronRiver Platfor... 2.38%
Dell Studio XPS 1645 2.38%
Dell OptiPlex 760 1.19%

About Mindspark Interactive Network

Mindspark is a business unit of IAC that focuses on interactive products and web portals and operates IAC's interactive products and web portals such as Life123, Myway.
Publisher URL: www.mindspark.com


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