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Should I remove Norton Ghost?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,409
United States Rank #24,916
Reach 0.0047%


9.0.2 9.09%
9.0.1 6.06%
9.0.0 84.85%

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Norton Ghost 9.0

What is Norton Ghost?  (from Symantec)

Symantec’s Norton Ghost 9.0 provides advanced backup and recovery for your PC. Protect your data by making a backup of your hard drive’s contents--without restarting Windows. Incremental backups save you time and disk space. You can even schedule backups to run automatically. Quickly restore individual files, selected ...  Read more


Norton Ghost 9.0 is a program developed by Symantec. The most used version is 9.0.0, 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. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software installer includes 47 files and is usually about 74.84 MB (78,479,643 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows XP. While about 54% of users of Norton Ghost come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.symantec.com
Help link: www.symantec.com/techsupp
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{3C759736-8347-4031-BB9C-D75ADFE6B101}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 74.84 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Norton Ghost 9.0

  • Ghostexp.exe - Norton Ghost Explorer
  • ComConfig.dll - Norton Ghost (ComConfig Module)
  • GhostTray.exe - Tray Application
  • Interop.COMCONFIGLib.dll - Interop Assembly
  • Interop.PQSCHEDULERLib.dll
  • Interop.PQV2IAUTOLib.dll
  • Interop.PQV2IOBJLib.dll
  • Interop.Shell32.dll
  • PQIBrowser.exe - ImageBrowser
  • PQImaging.dll - Imaging Module
  • PQIMountShellExt.dll - PQIMountShellExt Module
  • PQIMountSvc.exe - Service Module
  • PQNotify.dll - Notification Module
  • PQScheduler.dll - Scheduler module
  • PQSmeCOM.dll - SME COM Module
  • PQV2iAuto.dll - PQV2iAuto Module
  • PQV2iCOM.dll - Virtual Volume Imaging COM Module
  • PQV2iObj.dll - Data Objects
  • PQV2ISECURITY.EXE - DCOMSetup Application
  • PQV2iSvc.exe
  • PQV2iSvcPS.dll - Service Proxy-Stub Module
  • RestoreMBR.exe
  • SmeDump.exe
  • V2iConsole.exe - Norton Ghost Management Console
  • V2iConsoleControls.dll - Norton Ghost Management Console Controls
  • V2iProtectorView.dll - Norton Ghost Console View

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • PQV2iSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Norton Ghost' (Norton Ghost) "Administrative service for scheduling and disk imaging.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • GhostTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Norton Ghost 9.0' which loads as C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\Agent\GhostTray.exe.

How do I remove Norton Ghost?

Quickly and completely remove Norton Ghost 9.0 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Norton Ghost 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 Norton Ghost 9.0, 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 Norton Ghost.

Win XP 88%
Win 8 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 95.45%
Windows 7 3.03%
Windows 8 1.52%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 96.72%
Windows 7 Professional 1.64%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.75% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.75%
  United Kingdom 10.00%
  Canada 6.25%
  Israel 5.00%
  Sweden 3.75%
  Belgium 2.50%
  MK 1.25%
  Thailand 1.25%
  Latvia 1.25%
  RS 1.25%
  Finland 1.25%
  Australia 1.25%
  DZ 1.25%
  Greece 1.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.30%
Intel 13.21%
Hewlett-Packard 13.21%
American Megatrends 11.32%
Sahara 3.77%
Lenovo 3.77%
Gateway 3.77%
Sony 1.89%
NEC 1.89%
Compaq 1.89%
Acer 1.89%
Common models
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 4.76%
Compaq Presario 061 ER978... 2.38%
Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H 2.38%
Dell Vostro 420 Series 2.38%
Dell Dell DM051 2.38%
Dell Computer Dimension 3... 2.38%

About Symantec

Symantec developers security software for business and consumers and helps customers protect their computers, information, identities and infrastructure by delivering software and services that address risks to security with various products such as Norton AntiVirus, Internet security, and anti-spyware products e.
Publisher URL: www.symantec.com


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