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Should I remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #16,142
United States Rank #13,218
Reach 0.0163%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.92 days
263.17 days >
Average installed length: 138.28 days


1.19 100.00%

SoftPlanet Software Assistant version 1.19

What is SoftPlanet Software Assistant?

Distrubuted by AVSoftware, the software wraps legitimate and open source programs in a download manager type bundle that includes various offers for toolbars and web browser plugins, mostly ad-supported software.

What the software does (from the Privacy Policy):
- May collect, use, and share User location Data so that to provide location-based targeted services.
- The Data that may be collected are name, surname, address, phone number, email, fax, social security number, IP address and other Data describing to the User's identity or technical access to the Site by the User.

About  (from Secure Download)

Very quickly to install. Through the process users can decide what type of installation to be performed. Many optional components can be switched On or Off. Does not mess up the file associations unless is told to do so. SoftPlanet is a site dedicated to useful quality software that can ease the lives of millions of pe...  Read more


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). 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 main program executable is spassist.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 2 files and is usually about 4.99 MB (5,233,017 bytes).
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Known to include offers within the setup
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
SoftPlanet Software Assistant has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.softplanet.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\SoftPlanet Software Assistant\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\SoftPlanet Software Assistant\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 4.99 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SoftPlanet Software Assistant version 1.19

Program executable:spassist.exe
Name:SoftPlanet Software Assistant
Signed by:Secure Download
Path:C:\Program Files\SoftPlanet Software Assistant\spassist.exe
Additional files:
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • spassist.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C5DEE84E-00A7-4DAC-9128-76C21C8753D0}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • spassist.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SoftPlanet Software Assistant.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:14.21 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000403496%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002054%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001981%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:140,062
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:15.21 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:12 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant?

You can uninstall SoftPlanet Software Assistant 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 SoftPlanet Software Assistant version 1.19, 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 SoftPlanet Software Assistant.
  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 43%
Win XP 0%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 46.73%
Windows 10 42.68%
Windows Vista 5.92%
Windows XP 4.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.13%
Windows 8.1 16.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.56%
Windows 7 Professional 8.75%
Windows 10 Home 8.13%
Windows 10 Pro 5.31%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.89% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.89%
  United Kingdom 20.05%
  Brazil 6.52%
  India 1.50%
  Mexico 1.00%
  DZ 1.00%
  Canada 1.00%
  Egypt 1.00%
  Malaysia 1.00%
  Thailand 0.75%
  Iran 0.75%
  France 0.50%
  NG 0.50%
  Norway 0.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.43%
Dell 14.81%
Acer 14.81%
ASUS 11.57%
Toshiba 7.87%
Lenovo 4.63%
Samsung 4.17%
Intel 1.39%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.48%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.11%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.74%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.74%
Gateway ZX6971 2.05%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.05%


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