bearshare.exe – Here is the scoop on BearShare as it pertains to computer network security. The big question: what is bearshare.exe and is it spyware, a trojan and if so, how do I get rid of BearShare?
bearshare.exe (BearShare) – Details
The bearshare.exe application is the main application for the BearShare filesharing software. Some versions of this software contain spyware so it is advisable to terminate the bearshare.exe process.
bearshare.exe is considered to be a security risk, not only because spyware removal programs flag BearShare as spyware, but also because a number of users have complained about its performance.
BearShare is likely spyware and as such, presents a serious vulnerability which should be fixed immediately! Delaying further investigation of bearshare.exe may cause serious harm to your system and will likely cause a number of problems, such as slow performance, loss of data or leaking private information.
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I run windows7 and it trashed my computer ran so slowly and most programs didn’t work properly if at all,
I found the best way to remove the crap was to create a restore point a week before I downloaded this crap software.
You will have to reinstall some software that the registry was trashed by this software to get it working properly again.
You will have to go into the registry and remove any links to bearshare to make sure this nasty does not raise its ugly head again.
For some of you that already have anti-virus protection, unless it’s a paid antivirus and it can’t get rid of the sharebear try downloading a new one online. If your internet is disabled and you can’t do anything online, the best way to do this is to do a complete hard drive delete and reinstall Windows. Hopefully you can at least enter Safe Mode and recover some of you files but before you copy your old files back on after a reinstall better make sure you have a damn good antivirus program. If you have a Ubuntu Live CD, you can use that to recover your files from Windows, but that’s another story. Good luck people.
You are spot on select uninsta to re instal but do not re instal and..
Poof,,, it’s gone
I curse the day I was mug enough to down load Bearshare. It is not all it is made out to be as regards downloading free music etc. I have tried everything to get rid of it including removing files and icons, I have even tried to restore to a point when I did not have the programe. It has overridden my toolbar and crops up in address bar and I cant get Firefox on it’s own as I always to before. If I use the Bearshare address bar it comes up with something entirely different to that which I have asked. Apart from getting a new computer or at least a new hard drive I don’t know how else to get rid of it. It has come to the point where there is no point trying to use my computer because Bearshare will not let me do what I want to do with it. Has any body got any other ideas. I have also tried using spyware removal programes and it STILL come up as a seachbar.
control panel, then
Add and/or remove programs, then
Serach for Sharebear once you spot it, click remove/ If it says please give a reason for uninstalling
choose to install it again just don’t install it again. If that doesn’t work restore your system to a point when you didn’t have that stupid program.
Found the hard way with this sneaky “free Download site”, some of the files DO contain spyware to a extent that they hack my email account and used it for spam emails to some of my contacts including some of my ex-boses, after clearing all missundeestanding with them, Idelete that stupis program from my computer, and again proves to be attached to the registry by altering some log info. They do it with the purpose of getting hard to uninsall it. BEARSHARE STINKS.
It’s possible that Bearshare have sent to me a virus or a malware? I can’t connect to internet anymore, and the IE icon looks different than usual. What I can do now? Can I solve the problem with Acer Recovering Management or do I reformat my computer?
I have bearshare in my computer and ive tried to follow the steps in a previous comment. The only problem I am having is that I cannot open the add or remove programs in my control panel. I would like to know if there are any other solutions? Please help me.
Bearshare hijacked by default browser and and changed all my settings, the computer would not run properly; Additionally, strange men would pop up, wanting to chat. I realised I had a major problem when it would not let me uninstall it. It is as nasty as anything can be. It resisted every attempt to uninstall it, even preventing me from rebooting the computer after using an uninstall program. It is connected to various spyware and ‘nasties’ and I think hides itself itself all around the files.
My boyfriend killed it by doing a remote complete systems restore but this can be risky in itself. I am so sorry for anyone infested, it is very upsetting, I know. My advise is to get an IT professional in to help , it really does need it. If the perpetrators knew about karma, they would not do this to folks.
Hugs to all bearshare’s victims.
I, like many others, installed bearshare and it was so invasive I couldn’t believe it. It wouldn’t let me use any others as my homepage [like Mozilla etc.] – it just kept popping up saying somebody was trying to block them as my home page – IT WAS ME!!!!!!!!! but it wasn’t a happening thing. I finally went to a site I found under “deleting toolbars” they had also taken over and installed a toolbar] and it told me to go into “view” then “toolbars” and I found my way from there to delete the toolbar. After that, I tried to delete it from my computer, which also wasn’t a happening thing because they were nowhere to be found. I finally clicked on “my computer” and typed in “bearshare” and there were about 20-25 different items under “bearshare”, which I promptly deleted. Hallelujah – I got rid of it!!! Be warned!! No such thing in this world as a free lunch!
Some1 installed Bearshare in my pc yesterday, what could be his purpose behind it?
and I can’t find the option “C:\Program Files\Bearshare” in windows explorer.Can u plz help me through this?
to get rid of bearshare i had to restore computer back to factory settings..Ive found this is the best way,and never go near the sick site again.
Hii just wondering how to get rid of bearshare?
A BIG THANKS for the info on how to GET RID OF BEARSHARE!! What a nightmare! Your instructions really helped and did work. Last time I try a FREE program! Should have known………nothing is free without strings attached.
I managed to get rid of Bearshare with CCleaner. You must be sure it’s not running & I put reinstalling as reason for uninstalling.
Bearshare was insidious. I was recommended it from an old concert buddy, so started to install it. Due to all the messages about it changing various settings in my computer, I immediately tried to delete it. However, it invaded Mozilla, with all kinds of new options on there, and also prevented me from using any other browsers, such as Explorer or Google Chrome. I finally got it off of my system by finding all the programs, deleting Mozilla (it wasn’t there fault), and installing Google Chrome and Explorer all over again.
The whole fiasco probably took me eight hours. Don’t let it happen to you.
Thank you SO much for the information on how to eliminate bearshare. However, my computer won’t let me delete the following file from my registery, which is listed as: Name – (Default); Type: Reg SZ; File Name: C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications\BearShare\WMHelper.dll from Internet Explorer. What next can I do to get this thing OFF my computer?
Many thanks & best regards,
thank god for your advice!!!! share bear has been a pain in my a*&% for ages, thank you for takin the time to help us daft enough to have loaded it
Getting rid of the Bearshare curse.
First uninstall it.
– Click Start then “Control Panel”
– Double click “Add or remove programs or Windows components.”
– Click on Bearshare when the list appears and click on the “Remove” button on the right. Ignore the request for reasons for removing.
Note that this will not uninstall Bearshare, but it’s a start.
– Open Windows Explorer. (Right click the Start button and select “Explore.”)
– Right click on “C:\Program Files\Bearshare.”
– Hold down a Shift key and click on “Delete” in the pop up menu. This will permanently delete all these files.
– Click Start and then “Run”
– Type in “regedit” Enter
– When the Windows Register lists press Ctrl F to do a search and type in “bearshare” as the search key.
You will find that Bearshare has installed dozens of references to itself in the Register. Delete all of them.
Do this twice just to make sure.
– Click on “Tools” “Options”
– Click the “General” tab
– Click the “Restore to Default” button
– Click the “Applications” button
– Scroll down the list and delete Bearshare if it is there.
– Click OK.
On the search engine menu bar at the top right of Firefox click the drop down list button on the left of the text entry box.
– Click “Manage Search Engines” at the bottom of the list.
– Click on Bearshare and then click the “Remove” button. Close the list box
Just to make sure:
– Click Start – “All Programs”
– Click “Accessories”- “System Tools”- “System Restore”
– Select a restore date before you installed Bearshare
– Reboot the computer before doing anything else.
By this time you should have been able to get rid of Bearshare.
If this is the case, cross the fingers of both hands, cross your arms and wish ten thousand black curses on whoever it was that wrote Bearshare!!!!!
When you downloaded Bearshare, it asked if you wanted that to happen. my best advice would be to get rid of Bearshare because that could very easily be a way to spy (could be spyware). I hope this helps.
How do I eliminate Bearshare “requesting my permission” from appearing on my computer every time I log on?