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Should I remove Toshiba Online Backup?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,292
United States Rank #469
Reach 0.5319%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.27 days
273.55 days >
Average installed length: 143.73 days


VersionDistribution 43.01% 25.79% 6.88% 12.64% 11.51%
1.0.0006 0.08%
1.0.0003 0.10%

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Toshiba Online Backup

What is Toshiba Online Backup?

Toshiba Online Backup is pre-installed on new Toshiba laptops and is rebranded as Norton Online Backup.

About  (from TOSHIBA)

If a computer disaster strikes, will you be ready? Norton™ Online Backup automatically safeguards your files, music, photos and other important documents from loss. Backup support for up to 5 computers – PC or Mac - with one user account. Sharing of your backed up digital photos, home moves, and more through email link...  Read more


Toshiba Online Backup is a program developed by TOSHIBA. It is bundled and preinstalled with various Toshiba computers. 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. 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 TobuActivation.exe. The software installer includes 14 files and is usually about 3.22 MB (3,375,843 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 94% of users of Toshiba Online Backup come from the United States, it is also popular in Mexico and Canada.

Toshiba Online Backup is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Toshiba PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.toshiba.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Toshiba Online Backup\Activation\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C57BCDE1-7CB9-467D-B3BA-7E119916CDC1}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.22 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Toshiba Online Backup

Program executable:TobuActivation.exe
Name:Toshiba Online Backup
Toshiba Online Backup Service
Signed by:Symantec Corporation
Path:C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Toshiba Online Backup\Activation\TobuActivation.exe
Additional files:
  • TobuActivation.exe - Toshiba Online Backup (Toshiba Online Backup Service)
  • ToshibaOnlineBackup.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • TobuActivation.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{069C2549-0D0D-467D-B0E8-3A8A1495DA55}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • TobuActivation.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'NortonOnlineBackupReminder' and executes as "C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Toshiba Online Backup\Activation\TobuActivation.exe" UNATTENDED.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • TobuActivation.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'NortonOnlineBackupReminder' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Toshiba Online Backup\Activation\TobuActivation.exe" UNATTENDED.
  • ToshibaOnlineBackup.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Toshiba Online Backup' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Toshiba Online Backup\ToshibaOnlineBackup.exe" /m.

How do I remove Toshiba Online Backup?

You can uninstall Toshiba Online Backup 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 Toshiba Online Backup, 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 Toshiba Online Backup.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 26%
Keep it 74%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 92.22%
Windows 10 7.56%
Windows XP 0.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 87.34%
Windows 10 Home 6.51%
Windows 7 Professional 2.83%
Windows 7 Starter 1.26%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.80%
Windows 8 Pro 0.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

94.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 94.14%
  Mexico 0.41%
  Canada 0.32%
  Saudi Arabia 0.31%
  PR 0.30%
  Brazil 0.23%
  Philippines 0.20%
  Colombia 0.20%
  Israel 0.17%
  United Kingdom 0.16%
  Australia 0.15%
  Argentina 0.14%
  Germany 0.14%
  Indonesia 0.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 99.93%
Dell 0.07%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D 13.09%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 8.87%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 7.95%
TOSHIBA Satellite L655 4.73%
TOSHIBA Satellite L775D 4.39%
TOSHIBA Satellite P755 3.67%


Toshiba electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation that is a diversified manufacturer of electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, Internet-based solutions and services, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.
Publisher URL: www.toshiba.com


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