84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove UpdateStar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
39% remove it61% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #8,611
United States Rank #15,460
Reach 0.0454%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.38 days
306.28 days >
Average installed length: 160.93 days


11.0.1297 7.83%
10.0.1265 38.81%
9.0.1169 26.73%
9.0.1158 1.90%
8.0.1099 6.71%
6.0.1046 0.11%
6.0.1036 11.07%
5.2.1020 3.58%
5.2.1012 0.22%
5.1.986 1.01%
5.0.978 0.45%
4.6.960 0.34%
4.5.952 0.11%
4.2.884 0.11%
4.1.864 0.11%
4.0.834 0.11%
3.2.786 0.34%
3.1.762 0.11%
3.0.740 0.22%
2.2.614 0.11%


What is UpdateStar?

UpdateStar is a freeware software application recognizing and providing update information for approximately 1.3 million software programs. Implementing a social computing aspect, the update database is maintained by the users. UpdateStar uses advertising to refinance the free service and shares ad revenue 50/50 with the software authors via their Share program. The software search engine at http://www.updatestar.com/ is actually built on top of UpdateStar’s user generated software and up-to-date program database. Via the ad revenue sharing program Share, UpdateStar allows and motivates developers to use the UpdateStar website as a download mirror to participate from ad revenue created on their program’s webpages.

About  (from UpdateStar GmbH)

UpdateStar is the program that lets you stay up-to-date and secure with all of your personal software you are using on your computer. This way you make sure to always use the most up-to-date software, maximizing your every-day user experience. UpdateStar covers all of your freeware, shareware, demos, commercial softwar...  Read more
  • Automatically starts with Windows

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.updatestar.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\UpdateStar\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{936D2740-E38E-4977-B319-BB33587FCEAF}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 29.14 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by UpdateStar

Program executable:UpdateStar.exe
Additional files:
  • UpdateStar.exe - UpdateStar
  • UstarRO32.exe
  • UstarRO64.exe
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • UpdateStar.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CE4BC932-4EEC-48D4-87D9-DFD2C51375BC}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • UpdateStar.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named UpdateStar_Reg_HKCURun_S-1-5-21-607596796-1446804383-1420543038-1001.
Startup File (User Run)
  • UpdateStar.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'UpdateStar' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\UpdateStar\UpdateStar.exe -A.

How do I remove UpdateStar?

You can uninstall UpdateStar 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 UpdateStar, 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 UpdateStar.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 39%
Keep it 61%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.68%
Windows 10 27.52%
Windows Vista 10.07%
Windows XP 9.73%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.40%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.32%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.60%
Windows 7 Professional 8.59%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.47%
Windows 10 Pro 5.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.12% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 46.12%
  United States 18.00%
  France 2.48%
  Italy 2.37%
  Poland 2.26%
  Austria 2.16%
  Netherlands 1.94%
  United Kingdom 1.51%
  Switzerland 1.51%
  India 1.19%
  Spain 1.19%
  Russia 0.97%
  Hungary 0.97%
  Sweden 0.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.96%
Acer 19.74%
Dell 15.18%
Medion 15.18%
ASUS 8.03%
Samsung 4.56%
Toshiba 3.47%
Lenovo 3.25%
American Megatrends 2.39%
Intel 2.39%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7502 4.69%
ASUS All Series 3.91%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 3.13%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 3.13%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.34%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 1.95%


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