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Should I remove Rid Spyware?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
58% remove it42% keep it
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How common is it?
United States Rank #48,536
Reach 0.0008%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.76 days
287.95 days >
Average installed length: 151.29 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

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Rid Spyware

What is Rid Spyware?  (from Crawler)

Free real-time protection that effectively removes spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats from your computer. Our Paid license version includes integrated antivirus, priority updates, additional security tools, integrated Internet protection and product support. Spyware can ...  Read more


Rid Spyware is a software program developed by Crawler. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named ridspyware.exe. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 24.54 MB (25,736,392 bytes). The installed file RidSpywareUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 70% of users of Rid Spyware come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Australia.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Installs a Windows Service
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Rid Spyware.
RidSpywareShield.exe (8b9ccaee159fbfb4eebe421128d2dedc) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Crawler.BB
CMC Antivirus Packed.Win32.Obfuscated.10!O
Dr.Web Program.Unwanted.45
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.326 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0917
RidSpywareUpdate.exe (1cdc85f36a7d07a9afeaf070ffa0d2b4) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Crawler.BB
CMC Antivirus Packed.Win32.Obfuscated.10!O
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0917
RSWShell.dll (c8b937a06523b221565ff52fa06ea957) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Crawler.BB
Dr.Web Program.Unwanted.45
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0110
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.RidSpyware.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Rid Spyware\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Rid Spyware\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 24.54 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Rid Spyware

Program executable:ridspyware.exe
Name:Rid Spyware
Path:C:\Program Files\rid spyware\ridspyware.exe
Additional files:
  • RidSpywareShield.exe - Rid Spyware (Rid Spyware Realtime Shield)
  • RidSpywareUpdate.exe - Rid Spyware Update Support
  • RSW_Svc64.exe - Rid Spyware Realtime Shield Service
  • RSWShell.dll - Rid Spyware Shell Menu Extension
  • RSWShell64.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • RSWShell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'RSWShellMenu' with a class of {665C8FCF-2640-488F-930B-8F5F1939A6DE}.
  • RSWShell64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'RSWShellMenu' with a class of {665C8FCF-2640-488F-930B-8F5F1939A6DE}.
  • RSW_Svc64.exe runs as a service named 'Rid Spyware Realtime Shield Service' (RSW_Svc) "Rid Spyware Realtime Shield Service".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • RidSpywareUpdate.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RidSpywareUpdater' which loads as C:\Program Files\Rid Spyware\RidSpywareUpdate.exe.
  • RidSpywareShield.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RidSpywareShield' which loads as C:\Program Files\Rid Spyware\RidSpywareShield.exe.

How do I remove Rid Spyware?

You can uninstall Rid Spyware 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 Rid Spyware, 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 Rid Spyware.
  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 10 56%
Win Vista (SP2) 6%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 58%
Keep it 42%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 56.25%
Windows 7 37.50%
Windows Vista 6.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8 31.25%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.00%
Windows 8.1 12.50%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.25%
Windows 8 Pro 6.25%
Windows 7 Professional 6.25%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.57% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.57%
  United Kingdom 8.70%
  Australia 4.35%
  New Zealand 4.35%
  Netherlands 4.35%
  DK 4.35%
  Ireland 4.35%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 46.67%
Toshiba 20.00%
ASUS 13.33%
Dell 13.33%
Acer 6.67%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 13.33%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 13.33%
HP G60 Notebook PC 6.67%
HP ENVY dv6 Notebook PC 6.67%
TOSHIBA Satellite L855 6.67%
TOSHIBA Satellite L850 6.67%

About Crawler

Run by Xacti Group Companies Crawler provides toolbar type programs for various Web browsers.
Publisher URL: www.crawler.com


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