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Should I remove PrivDog?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
54% remove it46% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Poor
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,556
United States Rank #4,695
Reach 0.2089%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.92 days
86.23 days >
Average installed length: 45.31 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2.0.0.1 0.70%
2.0.0.0 0.58%
1.9.0.22 0.93%
1.8.0.18 2.78%
1.8.0.17 1.39%
1.8.0.15 38.59%
1.7.0.12 32.44%
1.6.0.30 7.30%
1.5.0.14 14.60%
1.1.0.72 0.12%
1.1.0.66 0.58%

PrivDog

What is PrivDog?

The software will inject ads in the user's web browser.

From the Terms of Service: "THE “TRUSTED ADVERTISEMENTS” FEATURE DISPLAYS ADVERTISEMENTS FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE IN THE EMPTY ADVERTISEMENT SECTIONS OF WEBPAGES WHERE ADVERTISEMENTS ARE PREVENTED FROM DISPLAYING ON THE USER’S COMPUTER BY THE PRODUCT.

THE “TRUSTED ADVERTISEMENTS” FEATURE ALSO OVERLAYS SEARCH RESULTS ADVERTISEMENTS WITH ADVERTISEMENTS FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE IN THE FORM OF AN OVERLAY WINDOW. THIS WINDOW IS IDENTIFIED BY DISCLOSURE OF AN “AT-M Ad’ ON THE TOP LEFT OR RIGHT SECTION OF THE WINDOW. TO VIEW THE OTHER ADVERTISEMENTS UNDERNEATH THE TRUSTED ADVERTISEMENTS OVERLAY WINDOW AND CLOSE THE WINDOW, CLICK THE “See Non AT-M Ad” LINK PRESENT ON THE OVERLAY WINDOW.

IF YOU ELECT TO RECEIVE “TRUSTED ADVERTISEMENTS” WITH THE PRODUCT, YOU ARE GIVING EXPRESS PERMISSION TO ADTRUSTMEDIA TO SEND ADVERTISEMENTS TO YOU SOLEY FROM ADTRUSTMEDIA AND ITS AFFILIATES. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO RECEIVE ADVERTISEMENTS SOLELY FROM ADTRUSTMEDIA AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES, DO NOT CHECK OR INSTALL THIS OPTION."

When an advertisement is displayed, there is a disclosure at the bottom right of the advertisement indicated by “AT-M Ad” and an icon.

About  (from Adtrustmedia)

Your browser will only display ads from a trusted source. Malvertising is undermining trust on the web and a proactive response is required. Many prominent firms have unwittingly exposed their web site visitors to malicious web ads. All of the following prominent firms may have possibly and unwittingly exposed their ...  Read more
Overview
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

URL: privdog.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\adtrustmedia\privdog
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\UninstallTrustedAds.exe"
Estimated size: 6.43 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PrivDog

Program executable:finalizesetup.exe
Name:PrivDog
PrivDog Setup Tool
Path:C:\Program Files\adtrustmedia\privdog\finalizesetup.exe
MD5:39a8668eb79e916fbdecc88a705b68be
Additional files:
  • trustedads.dll - PrivDog Browser Extension (PrivDog Extension)
  • trustedadssvc.exe - PrivDog Service
  • UninstallTrustedAds.exe - PrivDog

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • trustedads.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PrivDog Extension' with the class of {FB16E5C3-A9E2-47A2-8EFC-319E775E62CC} (PrivDogExtension).
Internet Explorer Extension
  • trustedads.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {2F5C139F-79BD-4C84-A95A-E7140525BC55}.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • finalizesetup.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ComodoFSDragon' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\FinalizeSetup.exe" /b /d.
  • trustedadssvc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PrivDogService' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\1.8.0.15\trustedadssvc.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

trustedadssvc.exe
Memory:19.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0006166388%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00042112%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00019552%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,014,115
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:2
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.34 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2.4 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove PrivDog?

Quickly and completely remove PrivDog from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall PrivDog 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 PrivDog, 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 PrivDog.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by PrivDog you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 54%
Keep it 46%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.64%
Windows 8 28.01%
Windows XP 10.07%
Windows Vista 4.05%
Windows Server 2003 0.23%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.35%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.73%
Windows 8.1 10.89%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.07%
Windows 7 Professional 7.49%
Windows 8 4.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.81% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.81%
  Italy 7.54%
  United Kingdom 5.89%
  Iran 3.06%
  Germany 3.06%
  Brazil 2.71%
  Netherlands 2.71%
  France 2.59%
  Canada 2.36%
  Czech Republic 1.88%
  Russia 1.65%
  Sweden 1.65%
  Portugal 1.65%
  Romania 1.65%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.95%
Acer 18.66%
Dell 18.47%
ASUS 11.79%
GIGABYTE 10.22%
Toshiba 6.09%
Lenovo 4.72%
Samsung 1.96%
American Megatrends 1.38%
Intel 0.98%
Sahara 0.79%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.97%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.97%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.97%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.54%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.12%
ASUS All Series 1.69%

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