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What percent of users and experts removed it?
48% remove it52% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,149
United States Rank #33,780
Reach 0.0044%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.28 days
863.85 days >
Average installed length: 453.89 days


VersionDistribution 29.89% 10.34% 1.15% 1.15% 2.30% 18.39% 10.34% 4.60% 1.15% 10.34%


What is Shareaza?  (from Discordia Limited)

Welcome to Shareaza's P2P file sharing world. By using the world's leading free peer-to-peer file sharing network you can easily find, download and legally share over 20 million free MP3 files, videos and more. With easy to use approach and tons of tools and friendly features, you'll gain access to millions of p2p file...  Read more


Shareaza is a software program developed by Discordia Limited. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named shareaza.exe. The setup package generally installs about 63 files and is usually about 31.66 MB (33,200,712 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 34% of users of Shareaza come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Brazil.
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
Shareaza has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Discordia, LTD
URL: www.shareazaweb.com
Help link: help.shareazaweb.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Shareaza Applications
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\{307927C5-9FB7-4D8B-B4B3-7DD451B8C9B9}\Shareaza_V8_de_Setup.exe" REMOVE=TRUE MODIFY=FALSE
Estimated size: 31.66 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shareaza

Program executable:shareaza.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\shareaza applications\shareaza\shareaza.exe
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - Shareaza DataManager (MediaBar 2.0)
  • DiscoveryHelper.dll - DiscoveryHelper
  • IEBHO.dll - IEHelper Module (IEHelper)
  • IMWebControl.dll - IMWebControl
  • GIFAnimator.dll - GifAnimator
  • UpdateInst.exe - UpdateInst
  • IMTrProgress.dll - Shareaza (IMTrProgress)
  • Launcher.exe - Launcher
  • Launcher_x64.exe
  • ResourcesLoc.dll
  • UninstallSurvey.exe - UninstallSurvey Module
  • UninstallUsers.exe - Shareaza Uninstall Users
  • UnwiseLauncher.exe - UnwiseLauncher

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • Shareaza.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'EDShowVolumeOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'Shareaza.Device' and the action verb 'show.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • IEBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'UrlHelper Class' with the class of {CFC4F59B-A2DA-4e12-B337-52A4F871E10C}.
Scheduled Task
  • Shareaza.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{429D2533-45C9-4239-9560-54900F696868}' (runs on registration).
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.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Shareaza.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Shareaza Applications\Shareaza\Shareaza.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:75.39 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.1072013928%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.05697676%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.05022463%
0.015104% average
70 average

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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Shareaza you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win XP 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 48%
Keep it 52%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 73.56%
Windows Vista 10.34%
Windows XP 9.20%
Windows 10 6.90%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.83%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.94%
Windows 7 Professional 9.20%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.20%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.75%
Windows Vista Home Basic 3.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.34% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.34%
  Canada 11.11%
  Brazil 9.09%
  Italy 7.07%
  Netherlands 4.04%
  Croatia 4.04%
  United Kingdom 4.04%
  Belgium 3.03%
  France 3.03%
  Iran 3.03%
  Germany 3.03%
  MU 1.01%
  RS 1.01%
  Finland 1.01%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.63%
Dell 22.22%
Acer 18.52%
American Megatrends 7.41%
Sony 7.41%
ASUS 3.70%
Toshiba 3.70%
Lenovo 1.85%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 580 2.74%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 2.74%
HP G61 Notebook PC 2.74%
HP G56 Notebook PC 1.37%
Hewlett-Packard CQ5700F 1.37%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 1.37%


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