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Should I remove Spy Alert?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
75% remove it25% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,843
United States Rank #24,382
Reach 0.0042%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.40 days
336.16 days >
Average installed length: 176.63 days


2.6.63 2.41%
2.6.53 2.41%
2.6.49 1.20%
2.6.47 30.12%
2.6.43 19.28%
2.6.33 2.41%
2.6.24 1.20%
2.6.22 10.84%
2.6.20 12.05%
2.6.19 3.61%
2.6.17 14.46%

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Spy Alert

What is Spy Alert?

This is a web browser extension and Browser helper Object (for Internet Explorer) that delivers contextual based advertising to the web browser. In addition it will modify the user's browser home and search pages as well as 'New Tab' pages to push advertising and search. The software acts as an adware type application and is typically defined as a unwanted application by various malware vendors.

From the EULA: "Spy Alert works by installing a browser extension in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. All of the files for Spy Alert are installed in the standard 'C:\Program Files (x86)' location - there is no funny business or extra files added. Included in those files is an un-installer that is also registered to appear in your computer's 'Control Panel %3E Add/Remove Programs' section. A link to the uninstaller is added to your Start Menu under 'Start %3E Programs %3E Spy Alert'. There are also a couple of registry settings added to your Windows Registry that are required for the normal operation of your app, but there is nothing strange or out of the ordinary here, either."

This software uses a bundle installer: "During installation of Spy Alert, you may receive additional offers such as a search toolbar. These offers are optional and you will be given the choice to "Accept" or "Skip All" the offers. Search toolbar offers may include the option to change your default search, your home page and/or your new tab page."

About  (from Long Mile Solutions)

Spy Alert is a free application that allows you to view insightful analysis about the websites that you visit and specifically how they're tracking or spying on you online. Spy Alert is entirely free to use. In order to keep Spy Alert free, we've partnered with high-quality ad providers and you may see additional ads w...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Spy Alert.
common.dll (fa00b46f4e98ba01f43ec0e9ddf3aaf2) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.36
ESET-NOD32 7.8566 a variant of Win32/ExFriendAlert.B
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7266 Artemis!FA00B46F4E98
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7266 Artemis!FA00B46F4E98
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.189 TROJ_GEN.F47V0623

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.spyalertapp.com
Help link: www.spyalertapp.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\spyalert
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SpyAlert\uninstall.exe /kb=y
Estimated size: 601.05 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Spy Alert

Program module:common.dll
Name:Spy Alert
Path:C:\Program Files\spyalert\IE\common.dll
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • common.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Spy Alert' with the class of {44ed99e2-16a6-4b89-80d6-5b21cf42e78b}.

How do I remove Spy Alert?

You can uninstall Spy Alert 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 Spy Alert, 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 Spy Alert.
  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 Spy Alert you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Uninstall it 75%
Keep it 25%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.06%
Windows 10 14.46%
Windows XP 12.05%
Windows Vista 8.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.17%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.05%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.84%
Windows 7 Professional 9.64%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.43%
Windows 8 3.61%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.50%
  United Kingdom 16.07%
  France 8.93%
  Canada 4.46%
  Germany 2.68%
  Iran 0.89%
  NG 0.89%
  Poland 0.89%
  CI 0.89%
  Norway 0.89%
  Italy 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.69%
Hewlett-Packard 26.15%
Acer 21.54%
ASUS 6.15%
Lenovo 3.08%
Sony 3.08%
NEC 1.54%
Medion 1.54%
Toshiba 1.54%
Alienware 1.54%
Sahara 1.54%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.70%
Dell Inspiron One 19A 2.70%
MEDIONPC MS-7255 2.70%
Acer Veriton M2611G 2.70%
TOSHIBA Satellite M645 1.35%
Sony SVE15115FXS 1.35%


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