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Should I remove Uninstall Helper?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,877
United States Rank #2,830
Reach 0.1057%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 46.57 days
1373.94 days >
Average installed length: 721.90 days


VersionDistribution 72.46% 27.54%

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Uninstall Helper

What is Uninstall Helper?

Uninstall Helper is part of the W3i InstallIQ bundleware application designed to monitor and keep W3i installed applications up to date. Uninstall Helper is included as an option with all W3i InstallIQ installations. Uninstall Helper the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.

About  (from W3i)

We may collect personal information at various times when you use our Services. The more information you volunteer (and the more accurate it is), the better we are able to customize your experience. Your participation is voluntary and you have the choice not to disclose any information that we request. During installat...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 main program executable is UninstallHelper.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 1 files and is usually about 899.22 KB (920,803 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Uninstall Helper.
UninstallHelper.exe (326273a861fe622090eda923edbdea4b) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ByteHero BDV 5.23.2013.10 Trojan.Win32.Heur
Comodo Security 17223 Heur.Suspicious
ESET-NOD32 7.9012 a variant of Win32/InstallIQ.C
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.143 TROJ_GEN.F47V1023
Uninstall Helper 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

URL: www.installiqlearnmore.com/installiq_updater_help.html
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\W3i\UninstallHelper\
Uninstaller: msiexec.exe /x {0B30B8D2-9DE0-4EEC-AA68-8E1E77CD8322}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 899.22 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Uninstall Helper

Program executable:UninstallHelper.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Uninstall Helper
Signed by:W3i
Path:C:\Program Files\W3i\UninstallHelper\UninstallHelper.exe
(From the publisher) “W3i, is a network of application companies, that support each other. Publishers increase revenue by offering relevant applications during their installation process. Advertisers increase distribution by paying network...”
  • UninstallHelper.exe - Uninstall Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • UninstallHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EE63C7C5-C51E-46D0-BAFB-4313E75B5795}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • UninstallHelper.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'UninstallHelper' and executes as "C:\Program Files\W3i\UninstallHelper\UninstallHelper.exe" /silent /autorun.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • UninstallHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\W3i\UninstallHelper\UninstallHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.32 MB
21.09 MB average

How do I remove Uninstall Helper?

You can uninstall Uninstall Helper 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 Uninstall Helper, 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 Uninstall Helper.
  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.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.02%
Windows Vista 12.10%
Windows 10 10.23%
Windows XP 8.55%
Windows Server 2003 0.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.37%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.10%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.61%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.55%
Windows 7 Professional 7.39%
Windows 8 3.53%

Distribution by countryGeography

78.45% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 78.45%
  United Kingdom 2.74%
  Germany 2.45%
  Canada 2.09%
  Australia 1.06%
  France 0.77%
  Netherlands 0.77%
  India 0.71%
  Belgium 0.68%
  Greece 0.48%
  Brazil 0.42%
  Italy 0.42%
  Spain 0.35%
  Israel 0.35%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.52%
Dell 26.96%
Acer 13.62%
Toshiba 9.49%
ASUS 5.28%
Samsung 2.35%
Lenovo 2.00%
Intel 1.50%
American Megatrends 0.78%
Gateway 0.71%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.63%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.66%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.34%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.54%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.89%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.41%

About W3i

W3i developes a product called InstallIQ that allows software publishers montize software distribution by co-installed bundled software as well as interapp advertising.
Publisher URL: www.w3i.com


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