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Should I remove Shareaza?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
65% remove it35% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #44,684
United States Rank #45,689
Reach 0.0019%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.35 days
452.78 days >
Average installed length: 237.90 days


VersionDistribution 7.89% 2.63% 7.89% 21.05% 28.95% 2.63% 28.95%


What is Shareaza?  (from Bandoo Media Inc)

Shareaza is a peer-to-peer client for Windows that allows you to download any file-type found on several popular P2P networks. Shareaza can connect to up to 4 separate Peer-to-Peer networks, providing access to hundreds of thousands of diverse users, all from one single program.


Shareaza is a program developed by Bandoo Media Inc. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 shareaza.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 42 files and is usually about 51.93 MB (54,450,025 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 41% of users of Shareaza come from the United States, it is also popular in Netherlands and Brazil.
  • Starts automatically
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

URL: shareaza.sourceforge.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Shareaza Applications\Shareaza
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Shareaza Applications\Shareaza\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 51.93 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shareaza

Program executable:shareaza.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\shareaza applications\shareaza\shareaza.exe
Additional files:
  • DiscoveryHelper.dll - Shareaza (DiscoveryHelper)
  • IMTrProgress.dll - IMTrProgress
  • IMWebControl.dll - IMWebControl
  • Launcher.exe - Launcher
  • Launcher_x64.exe
  • ResourcesLoc.dll
  • Uninstall.exe - Shareaza Uninstall
  • UninstallUsers.exe - Shareaza Uninstall Users
  • UpdateInst.exe - UpdateInst
  • WMHelper.dll (by MusicNet) - MusicNet Client SDK (iMesh release build) (wmhelper)
  • CDRip.dll (by Albert L Faber) - CDex Application (CDex Ripping Library)
  • ImageUploader5.ocx (by Aurigma) - Image Uploader (Image Uploader Control Library)
  • GIFAnimator.dll - GifAnimator
  • SHW32.DLL (by MicroQuill Software Publishing) - SmartHeap (Memory Management Library for Win32)
  • libungif4.dll (by GnuWin32 ) - LibUnGif (Libungif4: library and tools for uncompressed GIF images)
  • VSFilter.dll (by Gabest) - VSFilter (VobSub & TextSub filter for DirectShow/VirtualDub/Avisynth)
  • ammp3.dll
  • avcodec-51.dll
  • avformat-51.dll
  • avutil-49.dll
  • ClientHelper.dll
  • InstallHelper.dll
  • lame_enc.dll
  • Nickel.ocx
  • sciter-x.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • Shareaza.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'SHShowVolumeOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'Shareaza.Device' and the action verb 'show.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Shareaza.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Shareaza' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Shareaza Applications\Shareaza\Shareaza.exe" --lightmode.

How do I remove Shareaza?

You can uninstall Shareaza 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 Shareaza, 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 Shareaza.
  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) 53%
Win Vista (SP2) 3%
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 60.53%
Windows 10 36.84%
Windows Vista 2.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.32%
Windows 8.1 15.79%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.16%
Windows 7 Professional 10.53%
Windows 8 5.26%
Windows 7 Starter 5.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.91%
  Netherlands 6.82%
  Brazil 4.55%
  Taiwan 4.55%
  India 4.55%
  Canada 4.55%
  Italy 4.55%
  LY 2.27%
  MA 2.27%
  France 2.27%
  Korea 2.27%
  Australia 2.27%
  Austria 2.27%
  Pakistan 2.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.39%
Acer 12.12%
Toshiba 12.12%
Dell 9.09%
Lenovo 9.09%
ASUS 9.09%
Medion 3.03%
Samsung 3.03%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L70-A 3.23%
LENOVO 2475AK1 3.23%
HP Pavilion TS Sleekbook ... 3.23%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.23%
ECS H67H2-EM 3.23%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 3.23%

About (from Bandoo Media Inc)

We decided to create Bandoo to enrich the instant messaging experience with an easy to use and free collection of new emoticons, winks, nudges and display images.
Publisher URL: www.bandoo.com


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