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Should I remove Link Shell Extension?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,945
United States Rank #7,309
Reach 0.0724%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.57 days
223.44 days >
Average installed length: 117.40 days


VersionDistribution 0.59% 0.20% 0.79% 0.20% 0.79% 3.35% 1.77% 3.65% 11.13% 0.89% 11.03% 2.96% 9.85% 2.96% 5.71% 8.08% 4.93% 0.30% 2.46% 1.97% 2.86% 1.77% 17.64% 0.39% 1.08% 2.27% 0.39%

Link Shell Extension


Link Shell Extension is a program developed by Hermann Schinagl. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is LSEConfig.exe. The software installer includes 9 files and is usually about 8.13 MB (8,523,762 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 40% of users of Link Shell Extension come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\linkshellextension
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\LinkShellExtension\uninst-HardlinkShellExt_X64.exe"
Estimated size: 8.13 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Link Shell Extension

Program executable:LSEConfig.exe
Name:Link Shell Extension Configuration
Link Shell Extension
Path:C:\Program Files\linkshellextension\LSEConfig.exe
Additional files:
  • symlink.exe - Symlink Helper for Link Shell Extension (symlink)
  • LSEConfig.exe - Link Shell Extension Configuration (Link Shell Extension)
  • HardlinkShellExt.dll - Link Shell Extension
  • RockallDLL.dll
  • uninst-HardlinkShellExt_win32.exe
  • uninst-HardlinkShellExt_X64.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • HardlinkShellExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'HardLinkMenu' with a class of {0A479751-02BC-11d3-A855-0004AC2568AA}.

How do I remove Link Shell Extension?

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

Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.04%
Windows 8 32.12%
Windows XP 2.17%
Windows Vista 1.58%
Windows Server 2003 0.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.61%
Windows 7 Professional 19.01%
Windows 8.1 Pro 9.85%
Windows 8.1 3.94%
Windows 10 Pro 3.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.07% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.07%
  Germany 10.02%
  France 6.91%
  Japan 5.05%
  United Kingdom 4.96%
  Canada 3.81%
  Netherlands 2.57%
  Australia 2.13%
  Italy 1.77%
  Russia 1.60%
  Sweden 1.42%
  Taiwan 1.33%
  Belgium 1.06%
  Switzerland 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.54%
ASUS 19.38%
Hewlett-Packard 14.58%
Acer 11.88%
Lenovo 3.54%
Intel 3.13%
Sahara 1.46%
Samsung 1.46%
MSI 1.25%
Toshiba 1.25%
Medion 1.04%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.87%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.63%
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R 2.02%
BIOSTAR Group A870U3 2.02%
MSI MS-7821 2.02%
MSI MS-7816 2.02%


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