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Should I remove Spyware Terminator?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
50% remove it50% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #18,610
United States Rank #19,910
Reach 0.0125%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.61 days
696.61 days >
Average installed length: 366.02 days


VersionDistribution 7.29% 11.34% 2.83% 4.05% 4.05% 2.83% 8.91% 0.81% 0.40% 3.24% 1.21% 1.62% 0.81% 1.21% 0.40% 0.81% 0.40% 0.81% 4.05% 3.64% 0.40% 0.81% 0.40% 2.43% 3.24% 1.21% 1.62% 0.81% 0.81% 1.21% 3.64% 2.02% 5.67% 0.81% 3.24% 2.83% 1.62% 0.40% 0.40%

Spyware Terminator

What is Spyware Terminator?

The software is typically bundled with third party installers such as Open Candy. "A free spyware removal program that scans the user's computer for known threats and reports the findings to the user along with a rating of the threat's severity. Note: Spyware Terminator includes an opt-out offer for Web Security Guard, a browser add-on for Internet Explorer and Firefox that helps users avoid malicious websites."

The product’s uninstaller does not revert certain browser search settings such as homepage, search default, and/or new tab page.

About  (from Crawler)

Spyware Terminator is a free security application that protects a computer against spyware, malware and adware. It has a paid version that is extended by the popular F-PROT antivirus, so the Spyware Terminator can become a complex security solution. Spyware Terminator scans a computer for known threats and reports find...  Read more


The most used version is, 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. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is spywareterminator.exe. The software installer includes 15 files and is usually about 27.1 MB (28,418,507 bytes). SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
Spyware Terminator has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Crawler Inc.
URL: www.spywareterminator.com
Help link: www.crawler.com/faqs.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 27.1 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Terminator

Program executable:spywareterminator.exe
Name:Spyware Terminator
Path:C:\Program Files\spyware terminator\spywareterminator.exe
Additional files:
  • sp_rsser.exe - Crawler Spyware Terminator (Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield Service)
  • Spywareterminatorshield.Exe - Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield
  • SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe - Spyware Terminator 2012 (Spyware Terminator 2012 Update Support)
  • sptcontmenu.dll - Spyware Terminator (Crawler Spyware Terminator Shell Extension)
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • TorentDll.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • sptcontmenu.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SPTContMenu' with a class of {BD88A479-9623-4897-8546-BC62B9628F44}.
  • sp_rsser.exe runs as a service named 'Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield Service' (sp_rssrv).
Startup File (User Run)
  • SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SpywareTerminatorUpdate' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • Spywareterminatorshield.Exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpywareTerminator' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorShield.exe".
  • SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpywareTerminatorUpdater' which loads as C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.61 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0058337669%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00350026%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00233351%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Spyware Terminator?

You can uninstall Spyware Terminator 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 Spyware Terminator, 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 Spyware Terminator.

Win 7 (SP1) 36%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 50%
Keep it 50%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 40.89%
Windows XP 34.01%
Windows Vista 19.84%
Windows 10 5.26%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 33.88%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.71%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 15.51%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.80%
Windows 7 Professional 4.49%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.99% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.99%
  Italy 10.03%
  Hungary 5.88%
  Germany 5.54%
  Spain 4.50%
  United Kingdom 3.81%
  Czech Republic 3.46%
  Australia 2.77%
  Israel 2.77%
  Canada 2.77%
  Mexico 2.42%
  France 2.42%
  Belgium 1.38%
  IQ 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.27%
Dell 17.48%
Acer 17.48%
American Megatrends 4.20%
Sahara 4.20%
Toshiba 3.50%
Intel 3.50%
Lenovo 2.80%
ASUS 2.10%
Medion 2.10%
Samsung 2.10%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.70%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 2.70%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.70%
Dell Dell XPS430 1.80%
Gigabyte 945GCMX-S2 1.80%
LENOVO 10243VU 1.80%

About Crawler

Run by Xacti Group Companies Crawler provides toolbar type programs for various Web browsers.
Publisher URL: www.crawler.com


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