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Should I remove codecs?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #49,309
Reach 0.0015%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.49 days
515.82 days >
Average installed length: 271.02 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

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What is codecs?

This is a web browser extension and Browser helper Object (for Internet Explorer) that delivers contextual based advertising to the web browser. In addition it will modify the user's browser home and search pages as well as 'New Tab' pages to push advertising and search. The software acts as an adware type application and is typically defined as a unwanted application by various malware vendors.


It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named codecs.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 3 files.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in codecs.
codecs.dll (f40b89ef98ff3c0bc70ef187051d739e) has been flagged by the following 14 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2014.0.3605 Generic5
Bitdefender Adware.Generic.598302
CAT-QuickHeal Adware.Vonteera (Not a Virus)
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.598302
F-Secure 11.2013-30-10_4 Adware.Generic.598302
G Data 13.10.22 Adware.Generic.598302
McAfee 5600.7243 RDN/Generic PUP.z!dg
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7243 RDN/Generic PUP.z!dg
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.163.1557.3 Adware:Win32/Vonteera
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.598302
Sophos 4.94 Vonteera
Trend Micro 10.465.30 TROJ_GEN.R03WC0DJH13
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.303 TROJ_GEN.R03WC0DJH13
VIPRE Antivirus 22820 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 14 all detections
codecs has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: codecs
URL: www.codecs.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\codecsaddon
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\codecsAddon\uninstall.exe

Program filesFiles installed by codecs

Program module:codecs.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\codecsaddon\codecs.dll
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - codecs Safe ads
  • onload.js

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • codecs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Vonteera Class' with the class of {437B9306-2FDE-4054-A3C9-6B49507C12D0} (Vonteera).

How do I remove codecs?

You can uninstall codecs 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 codecs, 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 codecs.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by codecs you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win Vista (SP2) 3%
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.07%
Windows XP 24.14%
Windows 10 10.34%
Windows Vista 3.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 24.14%
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.14%
Windows 7 Professional 20.69%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.79%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.45%
Windows 8 3.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.47% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 26.47%
  Germany 8.82%
  United Kingdom 8.82%
  Italy 8.82%
  Japan 8.82%
  Netherlands 8.82%
  Poland 8.82%
  Spain 5.88%
  Russia 5.88%
  France 2.94%
  India 2.94%
  Iran 2.94%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 19.05%
Acer 14.29%
Hewlett-Packard 14.29%
American Megatrends 9.52%
Toshiba 9.52%
Intel 9.52%
Samsung 4.76%
Packard Bell 4.76%
Medion 4.76%
Dell 4.76%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite Pro C66... 5.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite A100 5.56%
Shuttle Inc SB83V10 5.56%
Samsung R425/R525 5.56%
MSI MS-7666 5.56%
MSI MS-7522 5.56%


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