What is BearShare.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the BearShare.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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BearShare.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with BearShare
BearShare.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BearShare belongs to software BearShare (Lite) or BearShare (Pro) by Free Peers ( or MusicLab (

Description: BearShare.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. BearShare.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\BearShare\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 3,203,072 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file has a digital signature. BearShare.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with BearShare.exe, you can also uninstall BearShare from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BearShare.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the BearShare.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Bearshare is a p2p program, look out for all the spyware that comes with it, its easy to remove.
Matt is right to some extint.Bearshare does not use the P2P Networking adware plugin.Savenow and When U are basic Adware that come with the free version of BearShare.You can chose not to share files or partial files helping your computer speed and security.Simply delete the whenu/save now program files then try to uninstall the adware you allowed to be installed.Bearshare opens doors to Alexia related risk and many files for download are infected with worms or other variants.Youse a Good defense and never open files till you scan them with 1 or 2 residents such as AVG or Norton.
Take control of this program.Deny it access to run at start up.Youse descression downloading. Bearshare is dangerious if you dont know how to control it.It can lag your computers, spread worms or simply deny you access to remove savenow and when u.I have had bad issues with it but continue to use it today.For any questions concerning the latest Worms Programs or risk contact me at
Lite spyware comes with free program. If bought No spyware AT ALL
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bearshare stocks in "verifying" after finishing download
Its not dangerous at all if you know how to control it
  Giovanni   (further information)
Good for P2P, but my gosh will it ruin your pc.
download old music
  heather craig  
i don,t know anything about this site/no ratings yet
  Johnny Culp  
its just a trojan site, allways has been and allways will be
  nigel best  
it is a hijacker and does,nt want to leave my computer
  derrick small  
Using bearshare on my computer has ruined my cd burner

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of BearShare.exe: based on 17 votes with 12 user comments. 4 users think BearShare.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 8 users think BearShare.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade BearShare.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving BearShare issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with BearShare. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the BearShare.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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