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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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1.5.2 6.82%
1.5.1 2.27%
1.4.16 13.64%
1.4.15 2.27%
1.4.14 56.82%
1.4.13 2.27%
1.4.12 2.27%
1.4.11 2.27%
1.4.10 11.36%

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PC-WELT Anonym Surfen VPN


PC-WELT Anonym Surfen VPN is a program developed by Steganos GmbH. The most used version is 1.4.14, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 35 files. Updater.exe 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 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 60% of users of PC-WELT Anonym Surfen VPN come from Germany, it is also popular in the United States and Austria.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steganos.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Steganos Online Shield\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Steganos Online Shield\uninstall.exe

Program filesFiles installed by PC-WELT Anonym Surfen VPN

  • LibShred.dll - Steganos Online Shield (Steganos Shredder DLL)
  • OnlineShieldClient.exe
  • OnlineShieldService.exe
  • OnlineShieldServiceStarter.exe - OnlineShield Service Starter
  • ShutdownApp.exe - OnlineShield ShutdownApp
  • SteganosBrowserMonitor.exe - Steganos Online Shield Browser Monitor
  • uninstall.exe
  • UninstallWindow.exe - Uninstall Window
  • Updater.exe - Update Wizard
  • icudt.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • libGLESv2.dll - ANGLE libGLESv2 Dynamic Link Library
  • libEGL.dll - ANGLE libEGL Dynamic Link Library
  • awesomium.dll (by Awesomium Technologies) - Awesomium (Awesomium Core)
  • awesomium_process.exe (by Awesomium Technologies) - Awesomium Renderer
  • avcodec-53.dll
  • avformat-53.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • infohelper.exe
  • RenameTAP.exe
  • ResetPendingMoves.exe
  • ServiceControl.exe
  • setuptool.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • OnlineShieldClient.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9A549C2-2720-452C-A3DD-8F0DF8E98609}' (runs on registration).
  • OnlineShieldService.exe runs as a service named 'Online Shield Starter Service' (Online Shield Starter Service).
3 Startup Files (User Run)
  • Updater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SOS_Update' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Steganos Online Shield\Updater.exe" --resume --verbosity silent.
  • OnlineShieldClient.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steganos VPN Proxy Handler' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Steganos Online Shield\OnlineShieldClient.exe" -removeproxy.
  • SteganosBrowserMonitor.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SOS Browser Monitor' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Steganos Online Shield\SteganosBrowserMonitor.exe".

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  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:
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Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win XP 5%
Auto-starting? 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 45.45%
Windows 8 36.36%
Windows Vista 13.64%
Windows XP 4.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.45%
Windows 7 Professional 13.64%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 13.64%
Windows 10 Pro 11.36%
Windows 8.1 11.36%
Windows 10 Home 9.09%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.42% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 60.42%
  United States 18.75%
  Austria 8.33%
  France 6.25%
  United Kingdom 2.08%
  Netherlands 2.08%
  Czech Republic 2.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 17.86%
ASUS 17.86%
Medion 10.71%
Hewlett-Packard 10.71%
Sony 7.14%
Lenovo 7.14%
Toshiba 7.14%
MSI 3.57%
Intel 3.57%
Dell 3.57%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 5.41%
Sony VGN-FZ38M 2.70%
Notebook E5010 2.70%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 2.70%
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 2.70%

About (from Steganos GmbH)

Steganos’ advanced encryption options make hiding photos, documents and contact data easy — an invaluable tool when you consider how many laptops are lost or stolen everyday.
Publisher URL: www.steganos.com


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