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MCW Backup


MCW Backup is a program developed by My Computer Works. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 200.13 MB (209,846,287 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows Vista (SP2). The distribution of this has mostly been seen in the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.mycomputerworks.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\MCW Backup\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{054A26D0-1C00-092B-50C4-FDC2C250D12E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 200.13 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by MCW Backup

  • backup.dll - My Computer Works Data Backup Service
  • mcwbbackup.exe - My Computer Works Data Backup Service bootstrapper
  • mcwbconf.exe - My Computer Works Data Backup Settings Utility
  • mcwbshell.dll - My Computer Works Data Backup Shell Extensions
  • mcwbstat.exe - My Computer Works Data Backup Status Application
  • oem.dll - My Computer Works Data Backup Resource Library
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • horizon-api.dll (by VMware, Inc) - Horizon C API
  • mcwbutil.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • mcwbshell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'mcwb' with a class of {6a436b9b-e379-0ffc-a40d-dfc71888674b}.
  • mcwbbackup.exe runs as a service named 'MCW Backup Backup Service' (mcwbbackup) "Backs up files to the My Computer Works Data Backup servers. Please DO NOT stop this service.".

How do I remove MCW Backup?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8 25%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows Vista 25.00%
Windows 8 25.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 25.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 25.00%
Windows 7 Professional 25.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 66.67%
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Common models
MSI MS-7640 25.00%
Dell Vostro 3560 25.00%
Dell Studio XPS 1640 25.00%
Compaq-Presario GC667AA-A... 25.00%


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