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Should I remove Spark?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,151
United States Rank #7,857
Reach 0.0414%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 38.66 days
1140.58 days >
Average installed length: 599.29 days



Spark is a software program developed by Jive Software. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 Spark.exe. The setup package generally installs about 49 files and is usually about 27.63 MB (28,968,405 bytes). 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 52% of users of Spark come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.jivesoftware.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\spark
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Spark\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 27.63 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spark

Program executable:Spark.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\spark\Spark.exe
Additional files:
  • Spark.exe - Spark
  • spark.install.exe
  • starter.exe
  • uninstall.exe
  • awt.dll (by Sun Microsystems) - Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U18 (Java(TM) Platform SE binary)
  • axbridge.dll (by Sun Microsystems) - ActiveX Bridge for JavaBeans(TM)
  • cmm.dll (by Eastman Kodak Company) - KODAK DIGITAL SCIENCE Java CMM
  • dcpr.dll
  • deploy.dll - Java(TM) Deployment Library
  • deploytk.dll
  • Downloads.Spark.exe
  • dt_shmem.dll
  • dt_socket.dll
  • eula.dll - EULA
  • fontmanager.dll
  • hpi.dll
  • hprof.dll
  • instrument.dll
  • ioser12.dll
  • j2pcsc.dll
  • j2pkcs11.dll
  • jaas_nt.dll
  • java.dll
  • java.exe
  • java_crw_demo.dll
  • javacpl.exe - Java(TM) Control Panel
  • java-rmi.exe
  • javaw.exe
  • jawt.dll
  • jbroker.exe
  • JdbcOdbc.dll
  • jdwp.dll
  • jkernel.dll
  • jli.dll
  • jp2iexp.dll
  • jp2launcher.exe
  • jp2native.dll
  • jp2ssv.dll
  • jpeg.dll
  • jpicom.dll - Java(TM) Plug-in COM Library
  • jpiexp.dll - Java(TM) Plug-in for Internet Explorer
  • jpinscp.dll
  • jpioji.dll
  • jpishare.dll - Java(TM) Plug-in Share Library
  • jqs.exe - Java(TM) Quick Starter Service
  • jqsnotify.exe - Java(TM) Quick Starter binary
  • Spark.custom.exe
  • spark.settings.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • jp2ssv.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper' with the class of {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9}.
Scheduled Task
  • Spark.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EB01DCA8-819D-4E38-838B-F36607D5E17F}' (runs on registration).
  • jqs.exe runs as a service named 'Java Quick Starter' (JavaQuickStarterService) "Prefetches JRE files for faster startup of Java applets and applications".
Startup File (User Run)
  • Spark.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Spark' and executes as C:\Program Files\Spark\Spark.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Spark.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spark\Spark.exe'.

How do I remove Spark?

You can uninstall Spark 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 Spark, 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 Spark.

How do I reset my web browser?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.62%
Windows 10 21.05%
Windows XP 6.49%
Windows Vista 1.71%
Windows Server 2003 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 43.01%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.91%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.42%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.62%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.64%
Windows 8 Pro 4.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.46%
  Brazil 8.96%
  India 5.51%
  France 3.94%
  Canada 3.35%
  Philippines 2.66%
  Germany 2.17%
  United Kingdom 1.48%
  Mexico 1.28%
  Australia 1.18%
  Colombia 0.98%
  Iran 0.98%
  Argentina 0.89%
  Indonesia 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 46.02%
Hewlett-Packard 19.51%
Acer 9.28%
ASUS 7.58%
Lenovo 5.30%
Intel 3.41%
American Megatrends 1.52%
Toshiba 1.14%
Samsung 0.95%
Apple 0.57%
Common models
Dell OptiPlex 390 4.73%
Dell OptiPlex 7010 3.64%
Dell OptiPlex 3010 3.27%
ASUS All Series 2.91%
Dell OptiPlex 790 2.91%
Dell Latitude E6520 2.18%


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