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Should I remove avast! BackUp?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
United States Rank #47,357
Reach 0.0013%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.53 days
753.10 days >
Average installed length: 395.70 days


VersionDistribution 36.00% 20.00% 40.00% 4.00%

avast! BackUp

What is avast! BackUp?  (from AVAST Software)

Even if you’re careful, hard drives don’t last forever. Whether from normal wear, electrical surges, or an accident, all of your accumulated music, videos, family photos, and other personal (irreplaceable) data are now stored on a device with temporary life. avast! BackUp can simultaneously handle both online and offli...  Read more


avast! BackUp is a program developed by AVAST Software. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The software installer includes 14 files and is usually about 49.86 MB (52,284,013 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 55% of users of avast! BackUp come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: program.avast.com/api/?action=2&p_pro=53&p_elm=18
Help link: program.avast.com/api/?action=2&p_pro=53&p_elm=20
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\BackUp\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{7550EF82-E8F5-6729-C8D5-12DFCEE21255}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 49.86 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by avast! BackUp

  • avastBackUpbackup.exe - avast! BackUp (avast! BackUp Service Bootstrapper)
  • avastBackUpconf.exe - avast! BackUp Settings Utility
  • avastBackUpshell.dll - avast! BackUp Shell Extensions
  • avastBackUpstat.exe - avast! BackUp Status Application
  • backup.dll - avast! BackUp Service
  • oem.dll - avast! BackUp Resource Library
  • 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/)
  • horizon-api.dll (by VMware, Inc) - Horizon C API

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • avastBackUpshell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'avastBackUp' with a class of {5774f2c4-6e34-c0f6-2a4a-3911288bd15d}.
  • avastBackUpbackup.exe runs as a service named 'avast! BackUp back-up service' (avastBackUpbackup) "Backs up files to the avast! BackUp servers. Please DO NOT stop this service.".

How do I remove avast! BackUp?

You can uninstall avast! BackUp 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 avast! BackUp, 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 avast! BackUp.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win XP 4%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.00%
Windows 10 16.00%
Windows Vista 8.00%
Windows XP 4.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.00%
Windows 7 Professional 24.00%
Windows 8 8.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.00%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 4.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.17% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.17%
  Australia 10.34%
  United Kingdom 6.90%
  Panama 3.45%
  Finland 3.45%
  Mexico 3.45%
  Greece 3.45%
  Jordan 3.45%
  Canada 3.45%
  Ireland 3.45%
  Saudi Arabia 3.45%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 42.86%
Lenovo 23.81%
Dell 19.05%
Toshiba 9.52%
Acer 4.76%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 8.70%
BIOSTAR Group MCP6P3 8.70%
Hewlett-Packard p6-2117c 8.70%
Hewlett-Packard p2-1127c 4.35%
Dell Inspiron N5010 4.35%
TOSHIBA Satellite Pro C85... 4.35%

About AVAST Software

avast! antivirus software provides PC virus protection.
Publisher URL: www.avast.com


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