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Shockwave Player

What is Shockwave Player?  (from Adobe Systems)

Shockwave Player is a Web standard for powerful multimedia playback. The Shockwave Player allows you to view interactive Web content like games, business presentations, entertainment, and advertisements from your Web browser.


Shockwave Player is a program developed by Adobe Systems. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The main program executable is swinit.exe. The software installer includes 29 files and is usually about 23.33 MB (24,465,124 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 18% of users of Shockwave Player come from Argentina, it is also popular in the United States and Spain.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/support/shockwave
Installation folder: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Adobe\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{D34598D1-07B8-4EB6-AD9A-DBDF58FFC19F}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 23.33 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Shockwave Player

Program executable:swinit.exe
Shockwave Init
Path:C:\windows\syswow64\adobe\shockwave 11\swinit.exe
Additional files:
  • np32dsw.dll - Shockwave for Director (Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version
  • Plugin.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.3
  • dirapi.dll - Director 11.5 (Director Player)
  • iml32.dll - IML
  • Proj.dll
  • Control.dll - Shockwave (Shockwave ActiveX Control)
  • DynaPlayer.dll - DynaBound Player
  • SwDir.dll
  • SWDNLD.exe - Shockwave Download Module
  • SwHelper_1163633.exe - Shockwave Helper
  • SwMenu.dll - Shockwave Context Menu Support
  • gi.dll
  • pluginping.dll - Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 10.2.0
  • swonce.dll - Shockwave Player
  • gtapi.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • np32dsw.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'np32dsw.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • np32dsw.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Shockwave Player' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/ShockwavePlayer' for all users of the PC.

How do I remove Shockwave Player?

You can uninstall Shockwave Player 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 Shockwave Player, 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 Shockwave Player.

How do I reset my web browser?

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

Win XP 44%
Win Vista (SP2) 3%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 54.80%
Windows 7 37.29%
Windows 10 4.52%
Windows Vista 3.39%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 54.80%
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.99%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.95%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.82%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.26%
Windows 7 Professional 2.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

18.39% of installs come from Argentina
Which countries install it?
  Argentina 18.39%
  United States 10.34%
  Spain 8.62%
  Mexico 6.32%
  France 4.60%
  Russia 4.60%
  MA 3.45%
  TN 2.87%
  Colombia 2.87%
  Brazil 2.30%
  Venezuela 2.30%
  Netherlands 2.30%
  Dominican Republic 1.72%
  UA 1.72%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 21.98%
Hewlett-Packard 16.48%
Dell 14.29%
Intel 9.89%
American Megatrends 8.79%
ASUS 5.49%
Sahara 3.30%
Compaq 2.20%
Toshiba 2.20%
Sony 2.20%
Common models
Micro-Star MS-7529 3.06%
HP Compaq dc5700 Small Fo... 2.04%
Sony VPCCW2S1R 2.04%
Sony VGN-FZ31E 2.04%

About Adobe Systems

Adobe Systems Incorporated is computer program company focused on the creation of multimedia & creativity program products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Net application program development.
Publisher URL: www.adobe.com


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