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Should I remove Silver Key Free Edition?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #45,569
United States Rank #43,810
Reach 0.0019%


4.3 11.11%
4.2 11.11%
4.1.5 29.63%
4.1.4 7.41%
4.1.2 11.11%
4.1.1 18.52%
4.1 7.41%
4.0.2 3.70%

Silver Key Free Edition

What is Silver Key Free Edition?  (from Inv Softworks)

If you need to send sensitive data over the Internet you should encrypt it first. Anybody knows this. Right, but what about the other side? You correspondent will probably not like the idea of buying and learning some software just to decrypt your file. No problem here if you are using Silver Key! Right-click the file ...  Read more


Silver Key Free Edition is a software program developed by Inv Softworks. The most common release is 4.1.5, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 skwizard.exe. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 23.08 MB (24,197,160 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 8 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 50% of users of Silver Key Free Edition come from the United States, it is also popular in Iran and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.kryptel.com
Help link: www.kryptel.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Silver Key
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Silver Key\Uninstall.exe" "C:\Program Files\Silver Key\sk4install.log" -u
Estimated size: 23.08 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Silver Key Free Edition

Program executable:skwizard.exe
Name:Silver Key
Various Silver Key wizards
Path:C:\Program Files\silver key\skwizard.exe
Additional files:
  • SetLang.exe - SetLang Application (Sets user language during installation (called by installer).)
  • Analyzer.exe - Silver Key (Parcel Analyzer)
  • CompleteSkInstallation.exe - The final part of the Silver Key installer that works in non-elevated state.
  • SkCInst64.exe - Called by CompleteInstallation to register SkShx32.dll under Win64 and SkShx64.dll under Win32
  • SkShowSettings.exe - Silver Key Settings Panel.
  • SkShx.dll - Silver Key context menu and drag-and-drop.
  • SkShx64.dll
  • LicenseManager.exe - Kryptel (License Manager)
  • MakeHID.exe - Utility to get hardware ID signature.
  • OpenSettingsDir.exe - Open settings directory in Windows Explorer
  • Shredder.exe - Kryptel Async Shredding Process
  • SkReq.exe - Request Processor
  • SkRoot.exe - Deskop icon dispatcher.
  • Uninstall.exe - Silver Key Free Edition

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SkShx.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Silver Key Menu' with a class of {11056249-C369-49CA-B0E8-326B5C32AD3D}.
  • SkShx64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Silver Key Menu' with a class of {11056249-C369-49CA-B0E8-326B5C32AD3D}.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Shredder.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Kryptel Shredder' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Silver Key\Shredder.exe" /startup.

How do I remove Silver Key Free Edition?

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

Win 8 41%
Win Vista (SP2) 4%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 44.44%
Windows 8 40.74%
Windows XP 11.11%
Windows Vista 3.70%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.81%
Windows 8.1 Pro 14.81%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.11%
Windows 7 Professional 7.41%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 7.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.00%
  Iran 10.00%
  Australia 7.50%
  Italy 2.50%
  Hungary 2.50%
  Portugal 2.50%
  United Arab Emirates 2.50%
  France 2.50%
  Ireland 2.50%
  Austria 2.50%
  Romania 2.50%
  Germany 2.50%
  YE 2.50%
  KE 2.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.17%
Dell 16.67%
Acer 16.67%
Toshiba 8.33%
Lenovo 8.33%
Sony 8.33%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N7010 8.70%
TOSHIBA Satellite A300 4.35%
ECS G41T-M 4.35%
Dell Precision T3610 4.35%
Acer Aspire 5742 4.35%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.35%


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