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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #21,974
United States Rank #16,172
Reach 0.0091%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.95 days
382.14 days >
Average installed length: 200.78 days


6.1 21.79%
6.0 3.91%
5.8 28.49%
5.5 16.76%
5.3 10.06%
5.2 0.56%
5.0 1.12%
4.5 3.91%
4.0 1.68%
3.5 3.35%
3.2 6.70%
3.0 1.68%

Spy Sweeper


Spy Sweeper is a software program developed by Webroot. The most common release is 5.8, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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. 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 programs's main executable is spysweeperui.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 30.45 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 45 files and is usually about 38.21 MB (40,067,506 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 64% of users of Spy Sweeper come from the United States, it is also popular in Iran and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.webroot.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\unins003.exe" /Log="C:\DOCUME~1\user\LocalS~1\Temp\Uninstall.txt"
Estimated size: 38.21 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spy Sweeper

Program executable:spysweeperui.exe
Name:Spy Sweeper
Spy Sweeper Client Executable
Signed by:Webroot Software
Path:C:\Program Files\webroot\spy sweeper\spysweeperui.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Spy Sweeper Client Executable for Spy Sweeper is a software product that detects and removes spyware and viruses on personal computers that run Microsoft Windows. Spy Sweeper examines files on a computer's hard disk drive, as well as...
Additional files:
  • Language.dll - Spy Sweeper Retail (Spy Sweeper Retail Executable)
  • SafeSweeper.exe
  • SSCtxMnu.dll
  • WRdsvt.dll - Webroot SpySweeper
  • SpySweeper.exe - Spy Sweeper SDK (Spy Sweeper Engine)
  • ssi.dll
  • TP.exe
  • WRSSSDK.exe
  • sis.dll - Spy Sweeper
  • VersionInfo.dll - Spy Sweeper Client Executable
  • WRConsumerService.exe - WRConsumerService
  • WRUtil.exe - WRUtil
  • NDN01.exe - Spy Sweeper Smart Sweeper NDN01
  • Spy Sweeper v5.5.7.124.exe - Spy Sweeper 5.5
  • SSU.exe - Spy Sweeper SSU
  • WrID.dll - Webroot SpySweeper component
  • ztvunrar3.dll - Webroot SpySweeper Component
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • pcre.dll (by RenatoMancuso.com) - DPCRE 6.1 (PCRE DLL for Delphi)
  • pcre3.dll (by GnuWin32 ) - Pcre (Pcre: a grep with Perl-compatible regular expressions)
  • libeay32.dll
  • ssleay32.dll
  • wrlzma.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • SpySweeperUI.exe is scheduled as a task named 'wrSpySweeperTrialSweep' (runs weekly on Mondays at 02:00).
3 Services
  • SpySweeper.exe runs as a service named 'Webroot Spy Sweeper Engine' (WebrootSpySweeperService) "Provides core functionality to Webroot Spy Sweeper. This service must be enabled and started for Spy Sweeper to function.".
  • WRSSSDK.exe runs as a service named 'Webroot Spy Sweeper Engine' (svcWRSSSDK) "Provides core functionality to Webroot Spy Sweeper. This service must be enabled and started for Spy Sweeper to function.".
  • WRConsumerService.exe runs as a service named 'Webroot Client Service' (WRConsumerService) "This service provides system level operations for the Webroot Client.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • SpySweeper.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SpySweeper' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe" /0.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SpySweeperUI.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpySweeper' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe" /startintray.
  • SpySweeper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpySweeper' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe" /startintray.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SpySweeperUI.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\SpySweeperUI.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:30.45 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0005462861%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00041749%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00012880%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:21.94 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:35.35 MB
Total CPU:0.0002122290%
Kernel CPU:0.00001506%
User CPU:0.00019717%
I/O reads/min:33.37 KB
I/O writes/min:4.54 KB
Memory:39.42 MB
Total CPU:0.2453913569%
Kernel CPU:0.09815654%
User CPU:0.14723481%
I/O reads/min:35.98 KB
I/O writes/min:2.92 KB

How do I remove Spy Sweeper?

You can uninstall Spy Sweeper 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 Sweeper, 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 Sweeper.

Win 7 (SP1) 34%
Win 7 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 42.46%
Windows Vista 34.08%
Windows XP 21.79%
Windows 10 1.68%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 30.51%
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.12%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.90%
Windows 7 Professional 7.34%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.08%
Windows Vista Ultimate 1.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.79% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.79%
  Iran 6.58%
  Netherlands 2.88%
  United Kingdom 2.88%
  Belgium 2.06%
  Israel 2.06%
  Australia 2.06%
  Canada 2.06%
  India 1.65%
  Saudi Arabia 1.65%
  Taiwan 1.23%
  Brazil 1.23%
  South Africa 1.23%
  Philippines 0.82%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 29.46%
Hewlett-Packard 26.79%
Dell 16.07%
Toshiba 6.25%
Intel 4.46%
Gateway 3.57%
American Megatrends 2.68%
Lenovo 1.79%
Sahara 1.79%
Packard Bell 0.89%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 5.36%
HP Pavilion dv9700 Notebo... 1.79%
Sony VGN-NW29GF_B 1.79%
Sony VPCCW26FG 1.79%
HP Pavilion dv6000 (RP297... 1.79%
Sony VGN-NW25GF_B 1.79%


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