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Should I remove AVM FRITZ!DSL?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,529
United States Rank #29,401
Reach 0.0679%


2.04.03 39.88%
2.04.02 60.12%



AVM FRITZ!DSL is a program developed by AVM Berlin. The most used version is 2.04.02, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is IGDCTRL.EXE. The software installer includes 72 files and is usually about 10.7 MB (11,222,975 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 94% of users of AVM FRITZ!DSL come from Germany, it is also popular in the United States and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{74A929E2-FBD8-4736-A84E-2ABBB2ABADF2}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 10.7 MB
Language: German (Germany)

Program filesFiles installed by AVM FRITZ!DSL

Program executable:IGDCTRL.EXE
Name:AVM Products
AVM IGD Service
Additional files:
  • Arnold.dll - Arnold Dynamic Link Library (Arnold DLL)
  • Webunins.dll - UNINST Dynamic Link Library (UNINST DLL)
  • ProtectAdmin.exe - Protect Administrator
  • StCenter.exe - FRITZ!DSL Startcenter
  • capiinfo.dll - AVM CAPIINFO Library
  • Avmcap.dll - AVM Capture Library (Capture Library)
  • FBOXUPD.EXE - Anwendung FBoxUpd (AVM FRITZ!Box Firmware-Update)
  • AVMIGD.DLL - AVM IGD Library
  • AWatch.exe - AVM FRITZ!DSL (ADSLWatch)
  • AVMCSOCK.DLL - AVM Products (AVM CSOCK Library)
  • AVMIDN.DLL - AVM IDN Library
  • AVMSSL.DLL - AVM SSL Wrapper Library
  • AVMUFC.DLL - AVM UFC Library
  • BLOCK.DLL - AVM FRITZ!Application Firewall
  • DDNS.EXE - AVM Dynamic DNS
  • Igd_find.dll - AVM IGD_FIND Library
  • INSTLSP.EXE - AVM FRITZ!Application Layer Firewall
  • SETUPVIF.EXE - AVM Setup for Windows XP SP2 / Vista Firewall
  • Setupxpfv.exe
  • WebwaIgd.exe - AVM WebWatch (WebWatch UPnP Helper)
  • WebWatch.exe - WebWatch
  • DE_ROCKY.DLL - AVM FRITZ! (AVM de_rocky)
  • FritzDsl.exe - FRITZ!DSL (FRITZ!DSL Internet)
  • FwebProt.exe - FRITZ! Protect
  • FaxDb.exe - FRITZ!32 (FRITZ! FaxDb)
  • FriAdr32.exe - FRITZ!adr
  • FriFax32.exe - FRITZ!fax
  • FriSnd32.exe - FRITZ!send Unterstützung für FRITZ!fax-Drucker
  • FriSpl32.dll
  • FriStart.exe - FRITZ!starter
  • FritzMail.exe - FRITZ!mail
  • FriVer32.exe - FRITZ!version
  • FriVw32.exe - FRITZ!view Faxanzeige
  • G3cenc.exe - G3cenc
  • AvmSid.exe - AVMSID (FRITZ!Box Tool)
  • i2errDeu.dll - I2ERR (CAPI 2.0 Fehlermeldungen)
  • 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/)
  • C80dll.dll (by Sequiter Software) - CodeBase (CodeBase DLL)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • FriStart.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EB0B1B0D-497F-4F70-B069-108F7E4C6ECB}' (runs on registration).
  • StCenter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C9DEA24F-72A8-4703-9B2A-0C84DB502611}' (runs on registration).
  • FwebProt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{10BA7147-ACEC-4D27-ACDA-646AEB64799F}' (runs on registration).
  • FritzDsl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F548AF7A-15FB-4B3C-8CB1-D02BE006A22B}' (runs on registration).
  • IGDCTRL.EXE runs as a service named 'AVM IGD CTRL Service' (IGDCTRL).
Startup File (User Run)
  • FwebProt.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'FRITZ! Protect' and executes as C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\FwebProt.exe.
7 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • WebwaIgd.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\WebwaIgd.exe'.
  • IGDCTRL.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\IGDCTRL.EXE'.
  • FBOXUPD.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\FBOXUPD.EXE'.
  • FBOXDIAG.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\FBOXDIAG.EXE'.
  • StCenter.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\StCenter.exe'.
  • FwebProt.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FRITZ!DSL\FwebProt.exe'.
  • Plus 1 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.06 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000512766%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001840%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003288%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:926,813
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:2.89 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:76 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove AVM FRITZ!DSL?

You can uninstall AVM FRITZ!DSL 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AVM FRITZ!DSL, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 AVM FRITZ!DSL.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.49%
Windows Vista 14.55%
Windows XP 14.33%
Windows 10 9.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.37%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.17%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.96%
Windows 7 Professional 10.93%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.29%
Windows 8.1 3.01%

Distribution by countryGeography

93.53% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 93.53%
  United States 3.53%
  Netherlands 0.75%
  Austria 0.53%
  Luxembourg 0.38%
  Switzerland 0.23%
  France 0.23%
  Thailand 0.23%
  Spain 0.15%
  United Kingdom 0.15%
  Czech Republic 0.08%
  Finland 0.08%
  Hungary 0.08%
  Sweden 0.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Medion 35.14%
Acer 17.57%
Dell 14.26%
Hewlett-Packard 6.31%
Intel 4.95%
ASUS 4.95%
Samsung 3.60%
American Megatrends 2.85%
Sahara 2.70%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7502 9.32%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 5.72%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 3.18%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.97%
MEDIONPC MS-7204 2.75%
MEDIONPC MS-7318 2.33%

About (from AVM Berlin)

AVM is one of the top two manufacturers of broadband devices in Europe.
Publisher URL: www.avm.de


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