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Should I remove Classic Shell?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Fair
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How common is it?
Global Rank #354
United States Rank #624
Reach 2.1420%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.53 days
163.04 days >
Average installed length: 85.67 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
4.0.4 1.27%
4.0.2 22.90%
4.0.1 0.01%
4.0.0 2.66%
3.9.5 0.45%
3.9.3 0.26%
3.9.1 0.10%
3.9.0 0.60%
3.6.8 26.39%
3.6.7 14.56%
3.6.6 2.38%
3.6.5 13.81%
3.6.4 0.38%
3.6.3 0.46%
3.6.2 3.30%
3.6.1 3.73%
3.6.0 0.16%
3.5.1 0.25%
3.5.0 0.31%
3.4.1 0.16%
3.3.0 0.20%
3.2.0 1.73%
3.1.0 1.43%
3.0.0 0.29%
2.9.3 0.11%
2.9.2 0.16%
2.9.0 0.26%
2.8.3 0.50%
2.8.2 0.04%
2.8.1 0.03%
2.0.0 0.12%
1.9.8 0.07%
1.9.6 0.14%
1.9.2 0.11%
1.9.1 0.05%
1.0.3 0.11%
1.0.2 0.05%
1.0.1 0.08%
1.0.0 0.04%
0.9.10 0.22%
0.9.8 0.04%
0.9.7 0.05%
0.9.6 0.01%

Classic Shell

What is Classic Shell?  (from IvoSoft)

Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7. It adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features. Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vis...  Read more

Overview

Classic Shell is a software program developed by IvoSoft. The most common release is 3.6.8, 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 program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named ClassicStartMenu.exe. The setup package generally installs about 35 files and is usually about 4.43 MB (4,640,768 bytes). The installed file classicshellupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. 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 47% of users of Classic Shell come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: classicshell.sourceforge.net
Help link: sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/forums/forum/1049756
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\classic shell
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{66E2237E-2E10-48A2-B8D3-2092B8BA8484}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.43 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Classic Shell

Program executable:ClassicStartMenu.exe
Name:Classic Shell
Classic Start Menu
Path:C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicStartMenu.exe
MD5:6853d267362060ca2cf9200250b5f728
Additional files:
  • classicexplorer32.dll - Classic Shell (Adds classic Windows Explorer features)
  • classicexplorer64.dll
  • classicexplorersettings.exe - Classic Explorer Settings
  • classicie_32.exe - Classic IE
  • classicie_64.exe
  • classicie9_32.exe - Classic IE9
  • classicie9_64.exe
  • classicie9dll_32.dll - Customizations for the title bar and status bar of IE9
  • classicie9dll_64.dll
  • classiciedll_32.dll - Customizations for the title bar and status bar of IE
  • classiciedll_64.dll
  • classicshellservice.exe - Classic Shell Service
  • classicshellupdate.exe - Checks for a new version of Classic Shell
  • classicstartmenu.exe - Classic Start Menu
  • classicstartmenudll.dll
  • de-de.dll - de-DE
  • it-it.dll - it-IT
  • ru-ru.dll - ru-RU

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

6 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • classiciedll_32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ClassicIEBHO Class' with the class of {EA801577-E6AD-4BD5-8F71-4BE0154331A4}.
  • classicexplorer32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ExplorerBHO Class' with the class of {449D0D6E-2412-4E61-B68F-1CB625CD9E52}.
  • classicexplorer64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ExplorerBHO Class' with the class of {449D0D6E-2412-4E61-B68F-1CB625CD9E52}.
  • classicie9dll_64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ClassicIE9BHO Class' with the class of {EA801577-E6AD-4BD5-8F71-4BE0154331A4}.
  • classiciedll_64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ClassicIEBHO Class' with the class of {EA801577-E6AD-4BD5-8F71-4BE0154331A4}.
  • classicie9dll_32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ClassicIE9BHO Class' with the class of {EA801577-E6AD-4BD5-8F71-4BE0154331A4}.
4 Internet Explorer Extensions
  • classicexplorer32.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {64964764-1101-4bbd-8891-B56B1A53B9B3}.
  • classicie_32.exe is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {56753E59-AF1D-4FBA-9E15-31557124ADA2}.
  • classicie9_32.exe is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {56753E59-AF1D-4FBA-9E15-31557124ADA2}.
  • classicexplorer64.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {64964764-1101-4bbd-8891-B56B1A53B9B3}.
2 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • classicexplorer32.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Classic Explorer Bar' with the class of {553891B7-A0D5-4526-BE18-D3CE461D6310}.
  • classicexplorer64.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Classic Explorer Bar' with the class of {553891B7-A0D5-4526-BE18-D3CE461D6310}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • classicstartmenu.exe is scheduled as a task named 'sm' (runs on boot).
  • classicexplorersettings.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{517E3B12-F00D-479B-89B3-65A57D20A2B2}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • classicstartmenu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named sm.
Service
  • classicshellservice.exe runs as a service named 'Classic Shell Service' (ClassicShellService) "Launches the start button after logon".
Startup File (User Run)
  • classicstartmenu.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'ClassicStartMenu.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicStartMenu.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • classicstartmenu.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Classic Start Menu' which loads as C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicStartMenu.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

classicshellservice.exe
Memory:2.21 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000513775%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00004564%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000574%
0.015104% average
classicstartmenu.exe
Memory:5.17 MB
Total CPU:0.0001142716%
Kernel CPU:0.00009417%
User CPU:0.00002010%

How do I remove Classic Shell?

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

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Classic Shell you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#354

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 77.58%
Windows 7 21.74%
Windows Vista 0.60%
Windows XP 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8 26.59%
Windows 8 Pro 17.82%
Windows 8.1 9.94%
Windows 7 Home Premium 9.91%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 8.41%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.46%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.97% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.97%
  Germany 14.56%
  United Kingdom 3.76%
  Italy 3.51%
  Canada 3.08%
  Japan 2.82%
  Netherlands 2.40%
  France 2.12%
  Australia 1.62%
  Sweden 1.31%
  Belgium 1.19%
  Brazil 1.13%
  Switzerland 1.04%
  Israel 1.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.90%
Acer 14.18%
Dell 14.08%
ASUS 10.81%
Lenovo 8.41%
Toshiba 7.97%
GIGABYTE 4.99%
Samsung 4.47%
Sony 3.78%
Medion 3.43%
American Megatrends 1.88%
Intel 1.70%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.67%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.09%
Dell XPS 8500 1.54%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 1.33%
MEDION MS-7797 1.28%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.25%

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