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3% remove it97% keep it
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VersionDistribution 16.04% 0.68% 8.87% 12.97% 8.53% 13.99% 0.34% 3.07% 1.02% 14.33% 4.10% 11.26% 4.78%

StorageCraft ShadowProtect


StorageCraft ShadowProtect is a software program developed by StorageCraft Technology. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named ShadowProtect.exe. The setup package generally installs about 55 files and is usually about 52.51 MB (55,065,604 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 63% of users of StorageCraft ShadowProtect come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: StorageCraft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\ShadowProtect
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\ShadowProtect\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 52.51 MB

Program filesFiles installed by StorageCraft ShadowProtect

Program executable:ShadowProtect.exe
Name:ShadowProtect (TM)
ShadowProtect User Interface
Path:C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\ShadowProtect\ShadowProtect.exe
Additional files:
  • MountNotify.exe - StorageCraft Mount Notification Applet (MountNotify.exe signals File Explorer and other applications when drive letters have been assigned or unassigned. MountNotify.exe is only needed in cases where StorageCraft's mounter is called from the context of an NT Service.)
  • keyfile.exe - ShadowProtect KeyFileMaker (TM) (ShadowProtect KeyFileMaker (TM) Command-Line Utility)
  • ImageReady-Client.exe - StorageCraft ImageReady-Client
  • stcinst.exe - StorageCraft Volume Snapshot (StorageCraft Volume Snapshot PnP Installation Tool)
  • stcsna64.dll - StorageCraft Volume Snapshot Driver API
  • stcsnap.dll
  • vsnapvss.exe - StorageCraft Volume Snapshot VSS Provider
  • vssins64.exe - StorageCraft Volume Snapshot 64bit Installation Helper
  • KeyFileMaker.exe - ShadowProtect KeyFileMaker
  • sbimgmnt.dll - StorageCraft ShadowProtect (StorageCraft ShadowProtect Backup Image Dismount Shell Extension DLL)
  • VirtualBoot.exe - ShadowProtect VirtualBoot (With VirtualBoot, you can boot a VM directly from a backup image.)
  • StorageCraft Diagnostics.exe - StorageCraft Diagnostics
  • ImageReady.exe - StorageCraft ImageReady
  • ISOTool.exe - StorageCraft ISOTool
  • DeleteIDX.exe - ShadowProtect (TM) (DeleteIDX.exe deletes VSM000.IDX files in all volume roots - this tool is used at ShadowProtect install time)
  • image.exe - ShadowProtect Command-Line Image Tool
  • mount.exe - ShadowProtect Command-Line Image Mount Manager
  • sbcommit.dll - ShadowProtect HeadStart Restore Commit DLL
  • sbidxgen.exe - ShadowProtect VDIFF IDX file generation tool
  • sbimageapi.dll - ShadowProtect Image API
  • sbmountapi.dll - ShadowProtect Image Mount API
  • sbrun.exe - ShadowProtect CoreLogic
  • sbsnap.dll - ShadowProtect Snapshot Manager
  • sbsnap64.dll
  • sbtailck.exe - ShadowProtect Image File Checking Tool
  • sbvhd.dll - StorageCraft VHD Virtual Disk Engine
  • sbvhdx.dll - StorageCraft VHDX Virtual Disk Engine
  • sbvss64.exe - ShadowProtect VSS 32-to-64 Proxy
  • ShadowProtect.exe - ShadowProtect User Interface
  • ShadowProtectLOC.dll
  • ShadowProtectSvc.exe - ShadowProtect Backup Agent
  • sbmntwiz.exe - ShadowProtect(TM) (ShadowProtect Mount and Dismount Wizard)
  • sbmntwizLOC.dll
  • SMTPSend.exe - SMTPSend.exe is a console application which can send SMTP email messages. It supports several methods of authentication as well as SSL.
  • sbpushapi.dll - Push API DLL
  • sbpushsvc.exe - Push install helper service
  • Uninstall.exe - StorageCraft Uninstall
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • 7za.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7-Zip Standalone Console)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Services
  • ShadowProtectSvc.exe runs as a service named 'ShadowProtect Service' (ShadowProtectSvc) "ShadowProtect Service schedules backup tasks remotely. For more details visit www.storagecraft.com".
  • vsnapvss.exe runs as a service named 'StorageCraft Shadow Copy Provider' (VSNAPVSS).
  • ImageReady.exe runs as a service named 'StorageCraft ImageReady' (StorageCraft ImageReady) "StorageCraft ImageReady".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • MountNotify.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'StorageCraft Mount Notifier' which loads as C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\ShadowProtect\MountNotify.exe.
  • ShadowProtect.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ShadowProtect.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\ShadowProtect\ShadowProtect.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • ShadowProtectSvc.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%ProgramFiles%\StorageCraft\ShadowProtect\ShadowProtectSvc.exC:*:EnableC:Shadow Protect Service'.

How do I remove StorageCraft ShadowProtect?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.54%
Windows 8 32.65%
Windows Vista 3.74%
Windows XP 2.38%
Windows Server 2003 0.68%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 38.23%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.58%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.58%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.53%
Windows 8.1 7.85%
Windows 8 Pro 3.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.28%
  Australia 12.24%
  Germany 3.91%
  Canada 3.13%
  New Zealand 3.13%
  France 2.60%
  United Kingdom 2.08%
  Austria 1.30%
  Switzerland 1.30%
  South Africa 1.04%
  Hong Kong 0.78%
  Italy 0.52%
  Belgium 0.52%
  Netherlands 0.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.90%
Dell 32.20%
Intel 8.47%
Toshiba 6.21%
Acer 5.08%
Lenovo 3.95%
ASUS 2.82%
Samsung 1.69%
Medion 1.13%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.63%
Dell XPS 8700 4.32%
HP Pro 3130 Microtower PC 3.60%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.88%
Dell XPS 8500 2.88%
HP ProBook 6560b 2.16%


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