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1% remove it99% keep it
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2.0 80.49% 2.44% 17.07%



ShellExtension is a software program developed by FirmTools. The most common release is 2.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named ftsopt.exe. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 702.56 KB (719,426 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 41% of users of ShellExtension come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.firmtools.com/go/?shell
Help link: www.firmtools.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\FirmTools\ShellExtension
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\FirmTools\ShellExtension\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 702.56 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by ShellExtension

Program executable:ftsopt.exe
Name:FirmTools ShellExtension Configuration
ShellExtension Options
Path:C:\Program Files\firmtools\shellextension\ftsopt.exe
Additional files:
  • shellext.dll - FirmTools ShellExtension
  • firmconv.dll - File Convertor
  • Uninstall.exe - ShellExtension (FirmTools ShellExtension installation file)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • shellext.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FirmConvert' with a class of {70F51CDA-99D4-4e65-8743-85AEBE9F8263}.

How do I remove ShellExtension?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win XP 2%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.22%
Windows XP 36.59%
Windows Vista 12.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 36.59%
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.27%
Windows 7 Professional 12.20%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.76%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.76%
Windows Vista Ultimate 2.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.82%
  Germany 16.33%
  Australia 10.20%
  Japan 8.16%
  Czech Republic 4.08%
  Uruguay 2.04%
  Switzerland 2.04%
  Korea 2.04%
  Sweden 2.04%
  India 2.04%
  Spain 2.04%
  Croatia 2.04%
  Canada 2.04%
  Ireland 2.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.35%
Dell 16.13%
Intel 12.90%
ASUS 12.90%
American Megatrends 12.90%
Medion 6.45%
Lenovo 6.45%
Toshiba 3.23%
Sahara 3.23%
NEC 3.23%
Acer 3.23%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7707 3.33%
MEDIONPC MS-7091 3.33%
MEDIONPC MS-7048 3.33%
MEDIONPC MS-7010 3.33%
HP ProBook 4530s (A6F19EA... 3.33%
Dell Vostro 220 Series 3.33%


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