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What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,607
United States Rank #49,381
Reach 0.0086%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.43 days
366.64 days >
Average installed length: 192.64 days


6.12.27 2.94%
6.10.00 32.35%
6.09.25(Green) 6.47%
6.09.13 0.59%
6.08.13 2.94%
6.04.08 24.71%
5.12RC3 1.18%
5.11RC1 0.59%
5.07RC3 0.59%
5.07 4.12%
5.03 2.94%
5.00 20.59%

Storm Codec


Storm Codec is a software program developed by lain. The most common release is 6.10.00, 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. 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 primary executable is named uninst6.10.00.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 51 files and is usually about 41.87 MB (43,903,328 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 18% of users of Storm Codec come from Egypt, it is also popular in Taiwan and the United States.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Connects to the Internet
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Storm Codec.
StormSet.exe (9b8091469a909cc9ace1519f5eefb8c7) has been flagged by the following 14 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Adware.Adware
Avira AntiVir DR/Agent.NHT.205831
avast! 2014.9-131123 NSIS:Downloader-GJ [Trj]
AVG 2014.0.3646 Win32/DH
Bkav FE W32.SysDropper
Comodo Security 17298 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Yassist
G Data 13.11.22 Win32.Trojan.Agent.0M1RPC
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 AdWare
McAfee 5600.7268 Artemis!9A420AE23494
Norman 10.20131123 Suspicious_Gen4.PGJH
Sophos 4.94 Generic PUA MN
Symantec 11/23/2013 rev. 7 WS.Reputation
VIPRE Antivirus 23518 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
QuickTimePlayer.exe (81d2a6253a4711856f6ac68904a0cb51) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware.4E85
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Zlob.7.Gen (B)
       View all 16 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: ringz.doggiehome.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ringz Studio\Storm Codec
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Ringz Studio\Storm Codec\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 41.87 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Storm Codec

Program executable:uninst6.10.00.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\ringz studio\storm codec\uninst6.10.00.exe
Additional files:
  • GSpot.exe (by GSpot Appliance Corp, a unit of GSp0t Heavy Industries) - GSpot Codec Information Appliance (GSpot Codec Information Appliance (tm))
  • mplayerc.exe (by Gabest) - Media Player Classic
  • QTPlugin.ocx (by Apple) - QuickTime Control (The QuickTime Control allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages.)
  • PictureViewer.exe (by Apple) - QuickTime (PictureViewer)
  • QTOControl.dll - QuickTime Control
  • QTOLibrary.dll - QuickTime Library
  • QTTask.exe - QuickTime Task
  • QTUIPanelControl.dll - QuickTime UI Panel Control
  • QuickTimePlayer.dll - QuickTime Player
  • QuickTimePlayer.exe
  • AviC.exe
  • stormicl.dll
  • StormSet.exe
  • uninst.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • mplayerc.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'MPCPlayVideoFilesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'MediaPlayerClassic.Autorun' and the action verb 'PlayVideoFiles.
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • PictureViewer.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{59B81E13-9FE0-4FDB-838B-883F7568B0EF}' (runs on registration).
  • QuickTimePlayer.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{643A96A2-5B9A-4248-9806-936994C581B9}' (runs on registration).
  • GSpot.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CF136FA3-4730-4F6F-A011-026DEC497FEB}' (runs on registration).
  • AviC.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E172B339-6E92-4CA6-9785-247D31A03CD7}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • QTTask.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named QuickTime Task_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • QTTask.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'QuickTime Task' and executes as "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime.
  • QuickTimePlayer.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'QuickTime Player' and executes as C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QuickTimePlayer.exe.
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • QTTask.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'LexStart' which loads as "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime.
  • StormSet.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'StormCodec_Helper' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Ringz Studio\Storm Codec\StormSet.exe" /S /opti.
  • QuickTimePlayer.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QuickTimePlayer.exe' which loads as C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QuickTimePlayer.exe.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • QuickTimePlayer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QuickTimePlayer.exe'.
  • QTTask.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe'.
  • PictureViewer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\QuickTime\PictureViewer.exe'.
Network connections
  • QuickTimePlayer.exe connects to nwk-qtsoftware.apple.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:11.94 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0006650126%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00026166%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00040335%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:9,268,791
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:1.96 KB
435.61 KB average
Memory:3.31 MB
Total CPU:0.0003655486%
Kernel CPU:0.00027907%
User CPU:0.00008648%
Memory:15.93 MB
Total CPU:0.2056878196%
Kernel CPU:0.14293560%
User CPU:0.06275222%
I/O reads/min:279.51 KB
I/O writes/min:207 Bytes

How do I remove Storm Codec?

You can uninstall Storm Codec 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 Storm Codec, 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 Storm Codec.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 41%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.06%
Windows XP 25.29%
Windows 10 11.76%
Windows Vista 5.88%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 31.95%
Microsoft Windows XP 25.44%
Windows 7 Home Premium 12.43%
Windows 7 Professional 7.10%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.14%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

18.03% of installs come from Egypt
Which countries install it?
  Egypt 18.03%
  Taiwan 15.30%
  United States 13.66%
  Malaysia 8.74%
  BD 7.65%
  India 3.83%
  United Kingdom 3.28%
  Canada 2.73%
  France 1.64%
  GH 1.64%
  Iran 1.64%
  SD 1.64%
  YE 1.64%
  MM 1.64%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.66%
Hewlett-Packard 23.01%
Acer 15.93%
ASUS 7.96%
American Megatrends 6.19%
Toshiba 6.19%
Intel 3.54%
MSI 0.88%
Sony 0.88%
Common models
Dell Vostro 3550 3.64%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 2.73%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2P 1.82%
INTEL DG31PR 1.82%
Intel DG41WV 1.82%
Micro-Star MS-7529 1.82%


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