82,399,351 programs installed

Should I remove CactusVPN?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
38% remove it62% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,511
United States Rank #33,077
Reach 0.0041%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.89 days
98.52 days >
Average installed length: 51.76 days


4.4.0 4.08%
4.3.0 44.90%
4.2.0 16.33%
4.1.0 14.29%
4.0.1 20.41%


What is CactusVPN?  (from CactusVPN.com)

Hide your IP address, encrypt your internet connection, access blocked websites and applications, secure connection to public hotspots and download torrents anonymously with VPN Service from CactusVPN.


CactusVPN is a program developed by CactusVPN.com. The most used version is 4.3.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 3.91 MB (4,097,754 bytes). Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.ApplicationUpdater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 39% of users of CactusVPN come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cactusvpn.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\cactusvpn
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\CactusVPN\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.91 MB

Program filesFiles installed by CactusVPN

  • CactusVPNManager.exe - CactusVPN Manager (CactusVPN)
  • OpenVPN.dll (by iQuode Studio) - OpenVPN Controller
  • cactusvpn.exe (by iQuode Studio) - CactusVPN Starter (Starter)
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.ApplicationUpdater.dll - Updater (ApplicationUpdater)
  • DotRas.dll (by Jeff Winn) - DotRas
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.ExceptionManagement.dll
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.ExceptionManagement.Interfaces.dll
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CactusVPN.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EF8E0EF4-7125-45EC-BEDB-7A2BE242F18B}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • CactusVPN.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CactusVPN.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\CactusVPN\cactusvpn.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • CactusVPN.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'cactusvpn.exe' which loads as C:\Program Files\CactusVPN\cactusvpn.exe.

How do I remove CactusVPN?

Quickly and completely remove CactusVPN from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall CactusVPN 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program CactusVPN, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 CactusVPN.

Win 8 49%
Win Vista (SP2) 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 38%
Keep it 62%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 48.98%
Windows 7 48.98%
Windows Vista 2.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.45%
Windows 8.1 Pro 16.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.24%
Windows 8.1 12.24%
Windows 7 Professional 10.20%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 6.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.22%
  United Kingdom 21.57%
  Netherlands 5.88%
  Australia 3.92%
  India 3.92%
  Spain 3.92%
  MK 1.96%
  Belgium 1.96%
  Russia 1.96%
  Mexico 1.96%
  DZ 1.96%
  Kuwait 1.96%
  DK 1.96%
  Ireland 1.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Acer 17.50%
Dell 15.00%
Sony 10.00%
Toshiba 7.50%
ASUS 5.00%
Lenovo 5.00%
Samsung 5.00%
American Megatrends 2.50%
Medion 2.50%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.82%
TOSHIBA Satellite L650 2.27%
Sony VPCEA3C5E 2.27%
Samsung R780/R778 2.27%
Samsung DP700A3D/DM700A3D... 2.27%
Notebook W35xSS_370... 2.27%


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