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Should I remove Xenu's Link Sleuth?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,274
United States Rank #7,986
Reach 0.0580%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.30 days
392.31 days >
Average installed length: 206.13 days


1.3c 0.70%
1.3.9 0.70%
1.3.8 93.79%
1.3.7 0.52%
1.3.5 1.66%
1.3.4 0.17%
1.3 0.44%
1.2j 0.70%
1.2h 0.70%
1.2g 0.61%

Xenu's Link Sleuth

What is Xenu's Link Sleuth?

Xenu, or Xenu's Link Sleuth, is a computer program that checks websites for broken hyperlinks. Link Sleuth runs on Microsoft Windows. Link verification is performed on links which appear in %3Ca%3E tags, as well as images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and Java applets. The program follows links to other pages, and checks the links on those pages also, so it is possible to check an entire site for broken links in one session.


The most used version is 1.3.8, with over 98% of all installations currently using this 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 xenu.exe. The software installer includes 5 files and is usually about 1.37 MB (1,435,801 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html
Help link: home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html#FAQ
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\xenu
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Xenu\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 1.37 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Xenu's Link Sleuth

Program executable:xenu.exe
Name:XENU Application
XENU MFC Application
Path:C:\Program Files\xenu\xenu.exe
Additional files:
  • uninst.exe - Xenu's Link Sleuth (Xenu's Link Sleuth 1.3.8 Setup)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Xenu.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Xenu\Xenu.exe'.

How do I remove Xenu's Link Sleuth?

You can uninstall Xenu's Link Sleuth 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 Xenu's Link Sleuth, 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 Xenu's Link Sleuth.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Vista 0%
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.83%
Windows 10 26.61%
Windows XP 6.98%
Windows Vista 3.49%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.77%
Windows 7 Professional 23.24%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.50%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.87%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.02%
Windows 10 Home 4.75%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.42%
  France 11.60%
  United Kingdom 6.44%
  Germany 4.62%
  Canada 3.26%
  Netherlands 2.73%
  Italy 2.65%
  Australia 2.20%
  India 1.97%
  Belgium 1.90%
  Spain 1.82%
  Czech Republic 1.44%
  Russia 1.21%
  Israel 1.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.21%
Hewlett-Packard 19.79%
Acer 13.19%
ASUS 11.66%
Intel 3.99%
Lenovo 3.68%
Toshiba 3.07%
Samsung 2.45%
American Megatrends 1.69%
MSI 0.92%
Sahara 0.61%
Common models
ASUS All Series 3.54%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.76%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.36%
Dell Precision WorkStatio... 1.97%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.97%
MSI MS-7758 1.97%


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