Now and then I go through my Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs listing to see what’s been installed on my machine. When I did this today I saw “Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable” listed.
I DID NOT install this. I Googled it and the best I could figure is that it’s used by gamers and developers . . . I’m NEITHER!!!
But I also saw something in Revo that related it to Comodo:
My inclination is to remove this thing, but I’m hesitant because I assume Comodo needs it. But I’m still alarmed that it was installed without my knowledge even if Comodo needs it
What is it and do I need it?
That thing it is a runtime library and you don’t need to be a developer or a gamer to have it.
It is nothing to be concerned about. It is a way to share a set of functions among different programs.
In this case all programs created using Visual C++ 2005 require it.
Basically Microsoft bundles already plenty of runtime libraries for old programming languages (eg search your system32 folder for msvbvm50.dll or msvbvm6.dll) even if you have no program that use them.
You could keep that redistributable runtime as well as there is always a chance to install something that will need it.
Anyway you could download it from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=200B2FD9-AE1A-4A14-984D-389C36F85647&displaylang=en
and uninstall “Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable” entry from Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs .
If something breaks you can install it using the downloaded file afterwards.
BTW redistributable runtimes are always installed silently but most of the times no entry will be created under Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs