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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?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #2,321
United States Rank #3,001
Reach 0.3513%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.63 days
136.60 days >
Average installed length: 71.77 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2.2.0.14 3.46%
2.1.0.23 8.96%
2.1.0.22 9.27%
2.1.0.21 0.46%
2.1.0.19 2.65%
2.0.0.1 0.36%
2.0.0.0 0.31%
1.9.0.22 1.37%
1.8.0.18 1.68%
1.8.0.17 0.66%
1.8.0.15 40.78%
1.7.0.12 17.67%
1.6.0.30 3.72%
1.5.0.14 8.15%
1.1.0.72 0.10%
1.1.0.66 0.36%
1.1.0.32 0.05%

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

Displayed publisher: privdog.com
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)
  • trustedadssvc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PrivDogService' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\2.2.0.14\trustedadssvc.exe".
  • finalizesetup.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ComodoFSChrome' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\FinalizeSetup.exe" /c.

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?

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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 8 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 58.67%
Windows 8 28.22%
Windows XP 8.85%
Windows Vista 4.12%
Windows Server 2003 0.15%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.95%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.46%
Windows 8.1 12.19%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.81%
Windows 7 Professional 8.55%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.07% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.07%
  United Kingdom 7.20%
  Italy 5.45%
  Germany 3.90%
  France 3.80%
  Netherlands 2.90%
  Canada 2.75%
  Brazil 2.60%
  Poland 2.00%
  Australia 1.90%
  Iran 1.65%
  Czech Republic 1.50%
  Sweden 1.50%
  India 1.30%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.22%
Dell 18.59%
Acer 18.16%
ASUS 12.13%
GIGABYTE 8.00%
Toshiba 6.71%
Lenovo 3.79%
Samsung 3.53%
Intel 1.72%
American Megatrends 1.20%
MSI 0.95%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.67%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.42%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.18%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.18%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.93%
ASUS All Series 2.44%

comments3 comments

user comment
user comment
GlobeTrekker693 months ago
I found it does what it's supposed to on my Windows 7 system and although it may let through so-called 'trusted ads' you can stop these too by clicking on the icon and then the cogwheel symbol and just select what you want it to do. I have found however that it has to be installed on each user's browser if they want it too. I also discovered Comodo Ice Dragon as a back up to just Comodo Dragon which looks the same software to me but in Blue instead of Red.
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judi.a.muller@gmail.com4 months ago
My computer started running slow and then froze up after the installation of Privdog included with the new Comodo anti-virus update. Also, my perception is that installing this program will flood your computer with advertisements. I had to make more than one attempt to restore to a previous version and I couldn't get Comodo without Privdog, but I was able to get to a place (for 4/16) and I was offered the option to block Privdog. I'm not sure everything is 100% okay and I'm hesitant to just uninstall Privdog because I think the uninstall may include removing browsers...including the one I use most often. One post said to be sure to save all of your bookmarks and that you could select the default setting after uninstalling but what a chore. I don't recommend installing Privdog and if anyone has any suggestions about uninstalling it using the Uninstall Programs in Windows Control Panel, please comment.
user comment
Luise5 months ago
I found their webpage: privdog.com Some nice comodo-Expert told me this: Anti-Malvertising – prevents harmful ads from untrusted sources to reach you while browsing. Faster Browsing – does not allow ads to read or write cookies or download software thus increasing browsing speed. Privacy – reduces the number of cookies, spyware and malware from advertisements protecting privacy.