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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,954
United States Rank #9,882
Reach 0.0427%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.16 days
624.97 days >
Average installed length: 328.37 days


2015.0.0.0 10.21%
2014.0.0.0 12.83%
2013.0.0.0 17.81%
2012.0.0.0 27.20%
2011.0.0.0 14.96%
2010.0.0.0 11.76%
2009.0.0.0 4.04%
2008.0.0.0 1.19%

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Ultimate Reference Suite

What is Ultimate Reference Suite?

The DVD contains over 100,000 articles, an atlas, around 35,000 media files and a dictionary and thesaurus based on Merriam-Webster.

About  (from Encyclopaedia Britannica)

With more than 100,000 articles, the Ultimate Reference Suite 2011 has more content than any other reference software! Owning the Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite is like having a complete reference library right at your fingertips.With three encyclopedias, two dictionaries and thesauruses, the New Span...  Read more


Ultimate Reference Suite is a software program developed by Encyclopaedia Britannica. The most common release is 2012.0.0.0, 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 starter.exe. The setup package generally installs about 59 files and is usually about 4.74 MB (4,968,580 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 39% of users of Ultimate Reference Suite come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.britannica.com
Help link: support.britannica.com
Installation folder: C:\Britannica
Uninstaller: "C:\Britannica\Ultimate Reference Suite\Uninstall_Ultimate Reference Suite\Uninstall Ultimate Reference Suite.exe"
Estimated size: 4.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ultimate Reference Suite

Program executable:starter.exe
Name:starter Application
starter MFC Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Britannica 11.0\Ultimate Reference Suite\starter.exe
Additional files:
  • awt.dll (by Sun Microsystems) - Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 U11 (Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition binary)
  • axbridge.dll (by Sun Microsystems) - ActiveX Bridge for JavaBeans(TM)
  • cmm.dll (by Eastman Kodak Company) - KODAK DIGITAL SCIENCE Java CMM
  • dcpr.dll
  • deploy.dll - Java(TM) Deployment Library
  • dt_shmem.dll
  • dt_socket.dll
  • eula.dll - EULA
  • fontmanager.dll
  • hpi.dll
  • hprof.dll
  • instrument.dll
  • ioser12.dll
  • j2pkcs11.dll - Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0
  • jaas_nt.dll
  • java.dll
  • java.exe
  • java_crw_demo.dll
  • javacpl.exe - Java(TM) Control Panel
  • javaw.exe
  • JavaWebStart.dll - Java(TM) Web Start ActiveX Control
  • javaws.exe - Java(TM) Web Start Launcher
  • jawt.dll
  • JdbcOdbc.dll
  • jdwp.dll
  • jpeg.dll
  • jpicom32.dll - Java(TM) Plug-in COM Library
  • jpiexp32.dll - Java(TM) Plug-in for Internet Explorer
  • jpinscp.dll
  • jpioji.dll
  • jpishare.dll - Java(TM) Plug-in Share Library
  • jsound.dll
  • jsoundds.dll
  • jucheck.exe - Java(TM) Update Checker
  • jusched.exe
  • keytool.exe
  • kinit.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • jusched.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 U11' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10.00).
  • starter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D8DCBEEF-1D49-41D1-A303-74357C555ECC}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • jusched.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SunJavaUpdateSched' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_11\bin\jusched.exe".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • javaw.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%ProgramFiles%\Java\jre1.5.0_11\bin\javaw.exC:*:enableC:Sun Java (v1.5.0_11) JavaW'.
  • java.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%ProgramFiles%\Java\jre1.5.0_11\bin\java.exC:*:enableC:Sun Java (v1.5.0_11)'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:206.14 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002312841%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00014247%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00008882%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Ultimate Reference Suite?

You can uninstall Ultimate Reference Suite 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 Ultimate Reference Suite, 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 Ultimate Reference Suite.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.47%
Windows 10 30.76%
Windows XP 3.80%
Windows Vista 2.97%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.55%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.02%
Windows 7 Professional 10.48%
Windows 10 Home 5.95%
Windows 8.1 5.48%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.81% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.81%
  United Kingdom 9.94%
  India 4.92%
  Philippines 4.18%
  Germany 4.08%
  Australia 3.66%
  France 2.41%
  Iran 2.30%
  Canada 1.57%
  South Africa 1.26%
  NG 1.15%
  Pakistan 1.15%
  Belgium 1.05%
  Netherlands 1.05%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.33%
Dell 22.95%
Acer 17.62%
ASUS 8.20%
Toshiba 5.94%
Lenovo 5.33%
Intel 1.84%
Samsung 1.64%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.53%
HP G72 Notebook PC 3.77%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.40%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.02%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.64%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.64%

Publisher URL: www.britannica.com


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