82,399,351 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?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,263
United States Rank #16,735
Reach 0.0561%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.97 days
264.70 days >
Average installed length: 139.08 days


11.0.1297 0.13%
10.0.1265 41.86%
9.0.1169 29.39%
9.0.1158 2.16%
8.0.1099 7.00%
6.0.1046 0.13%
6.0.1036 12.21%
5.2.1020 3.82%
5.2.1012 0.13%
5.1.986 1.02%
5.0.978 0.51%
4.6.960 0.25%
4.5.952 0.13%
4.2.884 0.13%
4.1.864 0.13%
4.0.834 0.13%
3.2.786 0.38%
3.1.762 0.13%
3.0.740 0.25%
2.2.614 0.13%


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:\Documents and Settings\utente\Dati applicazioni\UpdateStar\UpdateStar.exe -A.

How do I remove UpdateStar?

Quickly and completely remove UpdateStar from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, 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: 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: 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 55.98%
Windows 8 22.01%
Windows Vista 11.20%
Windows XP 10.81%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.57%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.41%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.60%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.45%
Windows 7 Professional 8.81%
Windows 8.1 5.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.94% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 48.94%
  United States 12.89%
  France 2.50%
  Austria 2.50%
  Poland 2.25%
  Italy 2.00%
  Netherlands 1.88%
  United Kingdom 1.75%
  Switzerland 1.50%
  Spain 1.25%
  India 1.25%
  Hungary 1.13%
  Sweden 1.00%
  Belgium 1.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 20.73%
Hewlett-Packard 20.24%
Medion 16.83%
Dell 15.61%
ASUS 6.59%
Samsung 4.39%
American Megatrends 2.93%
Intel 2.44%
Toshiba 2.44%
Lenovo 1.95%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7502 4.92%
ASUS All Series 3.28%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 3.28%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 2.87%
MSI MS-7758 2.05%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.05%


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