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Should I remove Softonic for Windows?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
49% remove it51% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,825
United States Rank #9,966
Reach 0.2111%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.67 days
550.88 days >
Average installed length: 289.44 days


1.5.9 9.47%
1.5.8 0.17%
1.5.7 3.32%
1.5.6 0.10%
1.5.5 0.10%
1.5.4 5.36%
1.5.3 5.34%
1.5.2 0.96%
1.5.12 0.26%
1.5.11 48.93%
1.5.10 3.56%
1.5.1 6.08%
1.5.0 3.51%
1.4.9 4.47%
1.4.8 0.17%
1.4.7 0.12%
1.4.5 5.82%
1.4.4c 0.02%
1.4.3 0.10%
1.4.2 1.37%
1.4.1f 0.29%
1.4.1d 0.14%
1.4.1c 0.26%
1.4.1b 0.02%
1.4.1 0.07%

Softonic for Windows

What is Softonic for Windows?  (from Softonic International S.L)

Discover great software as well as amazing editorial reviews, tips, tutorials and videos right on your PC desktop. It doesn’t matter what you use your PC for, with Softonic you will be able to find new software from the huge selection of the Softonic catalogue. Right from your desktop. It’s similar to an app store but ...  Read more


Softonic for Windows is a software program developed by Softonic International S.L. The most common release is 1.5.11, 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. 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 softonic.exe. The setup package generally installs about 36 files and is usually about 61.2 MB (64,168,592 bytes). The program is built using the Nokia Qt cross-platforms native C++ framework. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 9% of users of Softonic for Windows come from the United States, it is also popular in Italy and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: en.softonic.com/about
Help link: softonic-cube.en.softonic.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\softonic
Uninstaller: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Softonic\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 61.2 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Softonic for Windows

Program executable:softonic.exe
Additional files:
  • en-uk.dll - Softonic for desktop
  • de-de.dll - Softonic
  • en-us.dll
  • es-es.dll
  • fr-fr.dll
  • it-it.dll
  • nl-nl.dll
  • pl-pl.dll
  • pt-br.dll
  • libcef.dll - Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Dynamic Link Library
  • icudt.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • libGLESv2.dll - ANGLE libGLESv2 Dynamic Link Library
  • libEGL.dll - ANGLE libEGL Dynamic Link Library
  • CrashRpt1300.dll - CrashRpt (Crash Handling Module)
  • CrashSender1300.exe - Crash Report Delivery Module
  • QtCore4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • QtGui4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies))
  • avcodec-53.dll
  • avformat-53.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • dbghelp.dll
  • ffmpegsumo.dll
  • SetupGateway.exe
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Softonic.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F4661A5D-9FE5-4104-9C60-95B2CD7DF816}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • Softonic.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Softonic for Windows' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Softonic\Softonic.exe" -minimize.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Softonic.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Softonic\Softonic.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:57.12 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0026763115%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00064126%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00203505%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:3,345,288
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:4.36 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.5 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Softonic for Windows?

You can uninstall Softonic for Windows 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 Softonic for Windows, 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 Softonic for Windows.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win 8.1 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 49%
Keep it 51%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.96%
Windows 10 26.88%
Windows XP 6.25%
Windows Vista 3.92%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.79%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.86%
Windows 7 Professional 9.93%
Windows 8.1 6.47%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.28%
Windows 8 Pro 4.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

9.08% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 9.08%
  Italy 7.46%
  India 5.95%
  Spain 4.95%
  MA 3.26%
  DZ 2.96%
  Mexico 2.79%
  Netherlands 2.71%
  Saudi Arabia 2.59%
  Belgium 2.34%
  IQ 2.21%
  Colombia 2.14%
  Argentina 2.14%
  Romania 2.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.96%
Acer 22.38%
Dell 14.37%
ASUS 8.19%
Toshiba 7.26%
Samsung 5.85%
Lenovo 3.61%
Intel 2.74%
American Megatrends 1.16%
Sahara 0.61%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.40%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.95%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.99%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 2.61%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.52%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.33%

About Softonic International S.L

Softonic operates a Website for software downloads as well as distributes an application programming interface that allows developers to build applications and mashups based on Softonic's content; and Softonic Answers, a user community for exchanging information and opinions about software.
Publisher URL: en.softonic.com

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Peter Senderover a year ago
Softonic only installs adware and unwanted toolbars.