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Strongvault Online Backup

What is Strongvault Online Backup?

Strongvault is the free version of the Stronghold online backup utility. The free version however is typically installed as a bundled product through various modified installers that are known to distribute potentially unwanted applications. While the program itself is not considered adware and provides many useful features, this particular version uses somewhat deceptive methods to install itself on a user's PC (if you do not actively use Strongvault you can safely remove it). Some 3rd party programs that install this include VLC Media Player bundle.

About  (from Stronghold.com)

Strongvault makes backup easy with intelligent system scans that locate and secure your important files, even if they are buried deep in your system. With Strongvault, you never need to fuss with complicated setup screens. Strongvault's three-tiered security system provides complete data security and privacy protection...  Read more


When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is ClientApi.dll.
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
Strongvault Online Backup has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Strongvault Online Backup
URL: www.strongvaultfree.com
Installation folder: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Strongvault Online Backup\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{5E33D30D-D896-4D92-B033-5F45819B2937}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)

Program filesFiles installed by Strongvault Online Backup

Program module:ClientApi.dll
Name:Stronghold Online Backup
Signed by:Managed Offsite Backup
Path:C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Strongvault Online Backup\ClientApi.dll
SOS.ClientApi for Strongvault is an ad-supported online backup program that is typically bundled though various third party software installations. StrongVault by StrongHold which markets the exact same software under a different name...
Additional files:
  • ClientApi.dll - Stronghold Online Backup (SOS.ClientApi)
  • CtxMenu.dll - Stronghold Online Backup Module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • CtxMenu.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'OnlineProtectMenu' with a class of .

How do I remove Strongvault Online Backup?

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

Uninstall it 55%
Keep it 45%
Windows 7 (SP1)

About (from Stronghold.com, LLC)

The integrity of the Strongvault system goes beyond simply keeping data safe. You'll find excellence throughout your experience.
Publisher URL: strongvaultfree.com

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Steve (Expert)over a year ago
Strongvault is the free version of the Stronghold software. I've seen the free version being installed through bundles on places like download.com. I also had trouble uninstalling it through Windows programs remove but was able to download the Microsoft fix it tool as well and it somehow repaired some invalid registry entries that ware preventing removal. Use Microsoft's FixIt app first to try and resolve the problem: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/program_install_and_uninstall If that doesn't work, user the Stronghold installer from the following link to complete the uninstall: http://stronghold.com/app/Setup_SV.msi
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A Potterover a year ago
The link below solved the problem beautifully - thanks for the tip!
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Patti Hall (Expert)over a year ago
They should call it Strong-armed instead of Strongvault! It was downloaded on my computer through a 3rd party. I had two viruses on my computer after it downloaded I had to remove. I have done everything I can think of, including deleting it from my program files, and it still won't let me uninstall. It's like my computer has been hijacked and I think I will end up having to wipe out everything and start over!!! DO NOT USE THIS PROGRAM!!!
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J Hall (Expert)over a year ago
Strongvault keep trying to download every time we attempted to open other programs but could not find path to its files. Could not find anything to uninstall in programs since it had not completed it original download but we finally found the following: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/program_install_and_uninstall After running the above, Strongvault showed up as a program we could delete and like magic its gone.