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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,741
United States Rank #12,531
Reach 0.0156%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.32 days
156.89 days >
Average installed length: 82.43 days


2.09 38.81%
2.01 61.19%

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Fences 2

What is Fences 2?  (from Stardock)

Fences® is a program that helps you organize your desktop and hide your icons when they're not in use. Fences is the world's most popular desktop enhancement for Windows®. What makes it so compelling is that what it does is so obviously useful and necessary that it is amazing that no one has thought of it before. You c...  Read more


Fences 2 is a software program developed by Stardock. The most common release is 2.01, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The setup package generally installs about 23 files and is usually about 16.65 MB (17,463,223 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 60% of users of Fences 2 come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.stardock.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\uninstall.exe" "/C:C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Uninstall\uninstall.xml"
Estimated size: 16.65 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Fences 2

  • FencesControlPanel.dll - FencesConfig Module (Stardock Fences CPL Shell Extension)
  • FencesControlPanel64.dll
  • FencesRegRes.dll - Stardock Fences (Fences DLC Resources)
  • SDActivate.exe - Activate (Product Activation)
  • UninstHelper.exe - Impulse (Add/Remove Programs Helper)
  • Fences.exe - Fences (Fences Settings)
  • FencesAncien.exe
  • FencesMenu.dll - Stardock Fences Shell Extension
  • FencesMenu64.dll
  • DesktopDock.dll - Stardock Fences
  • DesktopDock64.dll
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)
  • lua5.1.dll
  • sddlc.dll
  • sddlc64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • FencesMenu.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FencesShellExt' with a class of {1984DD45-52CF-49cd-AB77-18F378FEA264}.
  • FencesMenu64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FencesShellExt' with a class of {1984DD45-52CF-49cd-AB77-18F378FEA264}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FencesAncien.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EC87C5E4-B8A7-4984-ACBD-12375256E11B}' (runs on registration).
  • Fences.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5924A892-54AD-46DA-B69E-24F18F093921}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • FencesAncien.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Fences.
Startup File (User Run)
  • FencesAncien.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Fences Settings' and executes as C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • FencesAncien.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Fences' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe" /startup.
  • Fences.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Fences' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe" /startup.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • FencesAncien.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe'.

How do I remove Fences 2?

Quickly and completely remove Fences 2 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Fences 2 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 Fences 2, 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 Fences 2.

Win 7 (SP1) 73%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.34%
Windows 8 18.26%
Windows XP 3.65%
Windows Vista 2.74%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.88%
Windows 7 Professional 24.20%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.98%
Windows 8 Pro 5.48%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.65%
Windows 8 3.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.34% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.34%
  United Kingdom 5.86%
  Germany 3.79%
  Belgium 2.76%
  Australia 1.72%
  Canada 1.72%
  Malaysia 1.72%
  Brazil 1.38%
  Spain 1.38%
  France 1.38%
  India 1.38%
  Italy 1.38%
  Czech Republic 1.03%
  DK 1.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.87%
Hewlett-Packard 24.63%
Acer 17.91%
ASUS 7.46%
Intel 4.48%
Lenovo 1.49%
Toshiba 1.49%
American Megatrends 1.49%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.70%
ASUSTeK N56VM 1.85%
Dell Inspiron 530 1.85%
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 1.85%
Dell Studio XPS 435T 1.85%
Acer Aspire 8943G 1.85%

About Stardock

Stardock is a software development company that initially developed for the OS/2 platform, but switch to Windows.
Publisher URL: www.stardock.com


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