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Should I remove Spy Sweeper for MSN?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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5.3 7.69%

Spy Sweeper for MSN


Spy Sweeper for MSN is a program developed by Webroot. The most used version is 6.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is spysweeperui.exe. The software installer includes 33 files and is usually about 147.48 MB (154,642,559 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows Vista (SP2). The distribution of this has mostly been seen in the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.webroot.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\unins001.exe" /Log="C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Temp\Uninstall.txt"
Estimated size: 147.48 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spy Sweeper for MSN

Program executable:spysweeperui.exe
Name:Spy Sweeper
Spy Sweeper Client Executable
Path:C:\Program Files\webroot\webrootsecurity\spysweeperui.exe
Additional files:
  • Language.dll - Spy Sweeper (Spy Sweeper Client Executable)
  • SSCtxMnu.dll
  • VersionInfo.dll
  • WRConsumerService.exe - WRConsumerService
  • pcre3.dll (by GnuWin32 ) - Pcre (Pcre: a grep with Perl-compatible regular expressions)
  • SafeSweeper.exe
  • SpySweeper.exe - Spy Sweeper SDK (Spy Sweeper Engine)
  • ssu.exe
  • WRdsvt.dll - Webroot SpySweeper
  • wrid.dll
  • WRUtil.exe
  • ztvcabinet.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft(R) Windows (R) 2000 Operating System (Microsoft® Cabinet File API)
  • ztvunrar3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • SpySweeperUI.exe is scheduled as a task named 'wrSpySweeper_L449455C92F10479894CAC26835C37314' (runs weekly on Saturdays at 9:00 AM).
2 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.".
  • WRConsumerService.exe runs as a service named 'Webroot Client Service' (WRConsumerService) "This service provides system level operations for the Webroot Client.".
Startup File (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.

How do I remove Spy Sweeper for MSN?

You can uninstall Spy Sweeper for MSN 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 for MSN, 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 for MSN.

Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win 10 8%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 46.15%
Windows Vista 23.08%
Windows XP 23.08%
Windows 10 7.69%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.15%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 23.08%
Microsoft Windows XP 23.08%
Windows 10 Pro 7.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 54.55%
Hewlett-Packard 36.36%
Acer 9.09%
Common models
HP-Pavilion KJ377AA-ABA m... 8.33%
HP-Pavilion AY610AA-ABA a... 8.33%
HP Pavilion 061 PC199A-AB... 8.33%
HP Compaq 8000 Elite SFF ... 8.33%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 8.33%
eMachines eMachines E627 8.33%


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