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Should I remove PopularScreensavers?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
65% remove it35% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #39,872
United States Rank #38,226
Reach 0.0025%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.19 days
241.55 days >
Average installed length: 126.92 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Other programs by Mindspark Interactive Network


What is PopularScreensavers?

Installs a potentailly unwanted Ask.com powered toolbr - "As part of the download process for the Toolbar, you may be given the option to reset your homepage and/or reset your new tab page to an AskĀ® home page and new tab product. This provides relevant links and results when you make a search request in your browser address bar or if your browser address (DNS) request is invalid, misspelled or incorrectly formatted. This is a search box located within the toolbar that will help you search the Internet with search results from our search results partner."

About  (from Mindspark Interactive Network)

As part of the download process for the Toolbar, you may be given the option to reset your Internet browser's homepage to an Ask homepage product and/or reset your new tab page to an Ask new tab product. If you do not wish to reset your homepage and/or new tab page to the Ask homepage and/or Ask new tab product(s), you...  Read more


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 14 files and is usually about 2.89 MB (3,029,056 bytes).
  • 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 PopularScreensavers.
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

Displayed publisher: Mindspark
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: 2.89 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PopularScreensavers

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

You can uninstall PopularScreensavers 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 PopularScreensavers, 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 PopularScreensavers.
  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 PopularScreensavers you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win Vista (SP2) 2%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 65%
Keep it 35%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.18%
Windows 10 34.69%
Windows Vista 4.08%
Windows XP 2.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.61%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.45%
Windows 8.1 20.41%
Windows 8.1 Pro 12.24%
Windows 7 Professional 6.12%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.76% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.76%
  Germany 22.03%
  IQ 10.17%
  India 5.08%
  Saudi Arabia 3.39%
  Canada 1.69%
  Chile 1.69%
  GU 1.69%
  Israel 1.69%
  MA 1.69%
  MU 1.69%
  Venezuela 1.69%
  South Africa 1.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.27%
Dell 25.00%
Acer 22.73%
Medion 6.82%
Toshiba 4.55%
Sony 2.27%
Samsung 2.27%
Gateway 2.27%
American Megatrends 2.27%
ASUS 2.27%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.55%
Acer Aspire XC-603G 4.55%
Acer Aspire X1430 2.27%
Acer Aspire TC-605 2.27%
Wortmann_AG TERRA_MOBILE_... 2.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite L75-B 2.27%

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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