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Should I remove inSSIDer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #2,252
United States Rank #3,109
Reach 0.2827%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.72 days
699.59 days >
Average installed length: 367.58 days


2.1.6 54.67%
2.1.5 28.03%
2.1.4 1.69%
2.1.3 2.66%
2.1.1 12.81%
1.0.12 0.11%
1.0.3 0.04%


What is inSSIDer?

inSSIDer is Wi-Fi network scanner software for Microsoft Windows from MetaGeek, LLC.

About  (from MetaGeek)

inSSIDer from MetaGeek is a free Wi-Fi network scanner for Windows Vista and Windows XP. Because NetStumbler doesn't work well with Vista and 64-bit XP, we built an open-source Wi-Fi network scanner designed for the current generation of Windows operating systems. Inspect your Wi-Fi and surrounding networks. You can: S...  Read more


inSSIDer is a software program developed by MetaGeek. The most common release is 2.1.6, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named _747764F8CEB43B54CEA72B.exe. The setup package generally installs about 102 files and is usually about 1.72 MB (1,803,776 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 34% of users of inSSIDer come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.metageek.net/products/inssider
Help link: www.metageek.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\steam
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{F8A10A25-D8DD-4661-9A1E-7F6DBAAA3C5E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.72 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by inSSIDer

Program executable:_747764F8CEB43B54CEA72B.exe
Additional files:
  • apnnativemsghost.exe (by APN) - APN Native Messaging Host
  • tbnotifier.exe (by APN) - Ask TBNotifier (Ask Toolbar Notifier)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ApnTBMon.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • tbnotifier.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ApnTBMon (1)' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • tbnotifier.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe'.

How do I remove inSSIDer?

You can uninstall inSSIDer 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 inSSIDer, 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 inSSIDer.

Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.16%
Windows 10 16.82%
Windows XP 7.21%
Windows Vista 5.79%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.28%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.81%
Windows 7 Professional 12.73%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.09%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.39%
Windows 10 Home 3.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.12% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.12%
  Germany 13.80%
  United Kingdom 7.70%
  Netherlands 7.21%
  Italy 3.51%
  France 3.29%
  Belgium 2.78%
  Canada 2.75%
  Spain 2.38%
  Japan 1.70%
  Australia 1.24%
  Poland 1.17%
  DK 1.14%
  Brazil 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.12%
Dell 20.27%
Acer 20.22%
ASUS 11.48%
Toshiba 5.18%
Medion 4.89%
Samsung 4.86%
Lenovo 2.94%
Sahara 1.17%
American Megatrends 1.05%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.81%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.79%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.44%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.38%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.14%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 1.90%


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