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Should I remove Spybot Anti-Beacon?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,854
United States Rank #3,382
Reach 0.1065%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.77 days
229.33 days >
Average installed length: 120.50 days


3.4 0.24%
2.2 0.10%
2.1 0.43%
1.6 31.21%
1.5 65.41%
1.4 2.29%
1.3 0.33%

Spybot Anti-Beacon


Spybot Anti-Beacon is a software program developed by Safer-Networking. The most common release is 1.5, 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 primary executable is named sdcuttheline.exe. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 4.92 MB (5,164,031 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 66% of users of Spybot Anti-Beacon come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?72686-Spybot-Anti-Beacon-for-Windows-10
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Spybot Anti-Beacon\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Spybot Anti-Beacon\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 4.92 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spybot Anti-Beacon

Program executable:sdcuttheline.exe
Name:Spybot Anti-Beacon
Stops the tracking, aka telemetry, of Windows.
Path:C:\Program Files\spybot anti-beacon\sdcuttheline.exe
Additional files:
  • SDAntiBeacon.exe - Spybot Anti-Beacon
  • SpybotAntiBeacon-1.5-setup.exe - Spybot Anti-Beacon Setup
  • SpybotAntiBeacon-1.6-setup.exe
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • SDAntiBeacon.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Aktualisiere Anti-Beacon-Immunisierung' (runs on boot).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SDAntiBeacon.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Anti-Telemetry.
Startup File (User Run)
  • SDAntiBeacon.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Anti-Beacon' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Spybot Anti-Beacon\SDAntiBeacon.exe".

How do I remove Spybot Anti-Beacon?

You can uninstall Spybot Anti-Beacon 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 Spybot Anti-Beacon, 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 Spybot Anti-Beacon.

Win 10 89%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 89.21%
Windows 7 10.75%
Windows XP 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 47.35%
Windows 10 Pro 32.30%
Windows 7 Home Premium 4.20%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.25%
Windows 8.1 3.01%
Windows 7 Professional 2.72%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.96% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.96%
  United Kingdom 6.02%
  Germany 3.86%
  Netherlands 3.27%
  Canada 3.13%
  France 1.78%
  Australia 1.67%
  Sweden 1.22%
  Italy 1.15%
  Poland 1.04%
  Finland 0.77%
  Russia 0.66%
  Portugal 0.63%
  Romania 0.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.20%
Dell 17.96%
Acer 16.44%
ASUS 13.41%
Lenovo 8.35%
Toshiba 5.73%
MSI 2.19%
Samsung 2.11%
Intel 1.94%
Medion 0.76%
Alienware 0.59%
Common models
ASUS All Series 12.84%
HP HP Notebook 3.26%
HP HP Pavilion Notebook 3.26%
Acer Aspire S3-391 2.68%
Dell Inspiron 3847 2.30%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.92%

About (from Safer-Networking Ltd.)

Spybot is maintained by a team of people very dedicated to privacy issues, many of which are working full-time on analysing masses of new threats each week, and the response time from our support team is better than that of many a commercial vendor.
Publisher URL: www.safer-networking.org


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