Sometimes used by Adware/Foistware: BackWeb Client
Backweb is a generic,
background downloading tool that software vendors can incorporate into their
product to download data (e.g. product updates) to the user's PC. Its operation
depends on the instructions given to it by the individual software vendor
who bundles it. While this software has been neither exhonorated nor convicted
of malice, some aspects of its installation and operation appear suspect.
Additionally, some users have associated it with the appearance of unwanted
BackWeb / BackWeb Light Client
This family of products is described on the
It is a small program whose purpose is to download software or other
content from the Internet. It is often bundled as part of a 3rd-party
software package for the purpose of automatically downloading product
updates, but others have included it for the purpose of downloading
unsolicited advertising or installing unwanted software (foistware).
What the Backweb client downloads is entirely dependent on what the
3rd-party developer tells it to download; it does not do its own
Some developers use this product to produce functionality similar to DSSAGENT
and CameoCast that downloads "news flashes"
(or as described by the users, "marketing popups") from the company's Web
site, and this is why we have it listed here as a potentially unwanted product.
Some products we know of that use Backweb include:
If you did not knowingly install Backweb, or are noticing unwanted advertisements appearing on your computer, you might try disabling or removing this product. Backweb (or more specifically, the one installed with the Western Digital products) does not appear to come with an uninstall option.
The easiest way to disable the program is to rename it, e.g. from backweb.exe to backweb.ex_ . Note that if the program is used for a legitimate or wanted purpose (such as automatic software updating or displaying news, etc.), these will no longer happen automatically.
If you are sure you don't need it for anything, find and delete
the BackWeb folder, normally in C:\Program Files.
WD Data Lifeline BackWeb
Lite Installer (DLGLI.EXE)
This appears to use the
product to quietly install unknown items onto your computer. When installing
Western Digital Data Lifeline, a reference to DLGLI.EXE is placed in the
Windows StartUp folder so that it is loaded at startup. Similar to the
install stub, the software slowly downloads ("trickles") the software onto
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