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What percent of users and experts removed it?
45% remove it55% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,720
United States Rank #18,834
Reach 0.0085%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.50 days
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Average installed length: 193.74 days

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Webshots Desktop


Webshots Desktop is a software program developed by CNET Networks. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. 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 primary executable is named launcher.exe. The setup package generally installs about 14 files and is usually about 3.03 MB (3,176,241 bytes). The installed file wsaxupdater.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 57% of users of Webshots Desktop come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cnet.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Webshots\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Webshots\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 3.03 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Webshots Desktop

Program executable:launcher.exe
Name:The Webshots Desktop Launcher
Webshots Photo Manager Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\webshots\launcher.exe
Additional files:
  • WSVersionATX.ocx - WSVersionATX ActiveX Control Module
  • wsaxcontrol.ocx (by Webshots.com) - Multiple Media Uploader (Webshots Multiple Media Uploader - Container)
  • wsaxmediauploader.ocx (by Webshots.com) - Webshots Multiple Media Uploader - Client
  • wsaxupdater.dll - Webshots Multiple Media Uploader - Updater
  • wsaxupdater.exe - Webshots Uploader - Updater admin broker
  • Webshots.dll - The Webshots Desktop (Webshots Photo Manager)
  • ToolbarUninstall.exe (by CNET-Networks) - WSToolbar4IE Module (WSToolbar4IE Uninstaller)
  • WSToolbar4IE.dll (by CNET-Networks)
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • WSToolbar4IE.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Webshots Toolbar' with the class of {C17590D2-ECB4-4b15-8820-F58798DCC118}.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • WSToolbar4IE.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Webshots Toolbar' with a class of {C17590D2-ECB4-4B15-8820-F58798DCC118}.
Scheduled Task
  • Launcher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3C6FC02C-D5F2-4837-8702-23A6CBA3E377}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Launcher.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Webshots.

How do I remove Webshots Desktop?

You can uninstall Webshots Desktop 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 Webshots Desktop, 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 Webshots Desktop.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Webshots Desktop you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win XP 2%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 45%
Keep it 55%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 48.21%
Windows XP 27.98%
Windows 10 12.50%
Windows Vista 11.31%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 26.99%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.11%
Windows 7 Professional 9.82%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.20%
Windows 8.1 2.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.80% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.80%
  United Kingdom 5.34%
  Canada 4.37%
  Hungary 3.40%
  Australia 2.91%
  India 2.43%
  Mexico 2.43%
  Egypt 1.94%
  Netherlands 1.94%
  Colombia 1.46%
  France 1.46%
  Russia 1.46%
  Argentina 0.97%
  Germany 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.21%
Hewlett-Packard 15.38%
Acer 13.68%
American Megatrends 7.69%
Intel 7.69%
ASUS 3.42%
Lenovo 3.42%
Toshiba 2.56%
Gateway 2.56%
Compaq 0.85%
Common models
Dell Dell DXP061 2.88%
ASUSTeK CM6330_CM6630_CM6... 1.92%
HP 630 Notebook PC 1.92%
Dell Inspiron 530 1.92%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.92%


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