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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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Webroot Internet Security Essentials


Webroot Internet Security Essentials is a program developed by Webroot. The most used version is 6.1, 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. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 spysweeperui.exe. The software installer includes 25 files and is usually about 66.71 MB (69,954,407 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 80% of users of Webroot Internet Security Essentials come from the United States, it is also popular in Belgium.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.webroot.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 66.71 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Webroot Internet Security Essentials

Program executable:spysweeperui.exe
Name:Spy Sweeper
Spy Sweeper Client Executable
Path:C:\Program Files\webroot\webrootsecurity\spysweeperui.exe
Additional files:
  • Language.dll - Spy Sweeper (Spy Sweeper Client Executable)
  • SSCtxMnu.dll
  • VersionInfo.dll
  • WRConsumerService.exe - WRConsumerService
  • WRFirewallInstall.dll
  • Lockbox.dll - Spy Sweeper SDK (Webroot SpySweeper Component)
  • SpySweeper.exe - Spy Sweeper Engine
  • WrID.dll - Webroot SpySweeper component
  • WRUtil.exe
  • ZipTV06.dll
  • ztvunrar3.dll
  • pcre3.dll (by GnuWin32 ) - Pcre (Pcre: a grep with Perl-compatible regular expressions)
  • ClientHelper.dll
  • libeay32.dll
  • pwipf6.dll
  • ssleay32.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • WRConsumerServicePS.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • SpySweeperUI.exe is scheduled as a task named 'wrSpySweeper_L9843AFA339BF446B890377E7F6A19564' (runs weekly on Fridays at 01:00).
2 Services
  • WRConsumerService.exe runs as a service named 'Webroot Client Service' (WRConsumerService) "This service provides system level operations for the Webroot Client.".
  • SpySweeper.exe runs as a service named 'Webroot Spy Sweeper Engine' (WebrootSpySweeperService) "Provides core functionality to Webroot Spy Sweeper. This service must be enabled and started for Spy Sweeper to function.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SpySweeperUI.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpySweeper' which loads as C:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\SpySweeperUI.exe /startintray.

How do I remove Webroot Internet Security Essentials?

You can uninstall Webroot Internet Security Essentials 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 Webroot Internet Security Essentials, 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 Webroot Internet Security Essentials.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 10 50%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows 10 50.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8 50.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.00%
  Belgium 20.00%


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