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Should I remove Acer Empowering Technology framework?

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20% remove it80% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,520
United States Rank #45,414
Reach 0.0058%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.55 days
606.12 days >
Average installed length: 318.47 days


VersionDistribution 2.65% 3.54% 0.88% 0.88% 1.77% 82.30% 5.31% 2.65%

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Acer Empowering Technology framework

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What is Acer Empowering Technology framework?

Acer Empowering Technology framework is pre-installed with the Acer Empowering Technology program. Please DO NOT remove Acer Empowering Framework and Acer eRecovery Management. It will disable your disk to disk recovery function.

About  (from Acer)

Empowering Technology is designed to make operating your computer easier than ever. It provides a simple-to-use interface and versatile configurations to help you efficiently complete everyday computing tasks. Empowering Technology gives you complete control with just a touch of the Empowering Key and a few simple step...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 empower.exe. The software installer includes 84 files and is usually about 8.79 MB (9,219,689 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.acer.com
Installation folder: C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\8\Intel 32\IDriver.exe /M{15B70821-7893-4607-805A-BB80F3EA8279}
Estimated size: 8.79 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Acer Empowering Technology framework

Program executable:empower.exe
Name:Acer Empowering Technology framework
Path:C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\empower.exe
Additional files:
  • acer.empowering.windows.forms.dll (by Acer inc) - Acer Empowering UI Components (AcerEmpoweringUI)
  • acer.empowering.framework.host.dll - Empowering Technology (Acer Empowering Technology Plugin Host)
  • acer.empowering.framework.interface.dll - Acer Empowering Technology Framework Plugin Interface
  • eLock.Serv.Interface.dll - Acer eLock Management
  • eAPLauncher.exe - Acer eAP Launch Tool
  • chkacerDLL.dll
  • acer.empowering.framework.launchbarview.dll - Acer Empowering Technology Framework Views
  • Acer.Empowering.Framework.Launcher.exe - Acer Empowering Techonology Framework Launcher
  • acer.empowering.framework.presenter.dll
  • acer.empowering.framework.shared.dll
  • Acer.Empowering.Framework.Supervisor.exe
  • acer.empowering.shared.dll
  • acer.empowering.shared.ui.dll - Acer Empowering Technology 2.0 Shared UI module
  • InstallNdis.dll (by OSA Technologies Taiwan Branch) - OSA Technologies Inc. Taiwan Branch InstallNdis (InstallNdis)
  • interop.shell32.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'Shell32'.
  • OsaFsLoc.dll (by OSA Technologies Taiwan Branch) - OSA Technologies Inc. Taiwan Branch OsaFsLoc (OsaFsLoc)
  • nbapi.dll - OSA Technologies Inc. Taiwan Branch nbapi (nbapi)
  • wlapi.dll - OSA Technologies Inc. Taiwan Branch wlapi (wlapi)
  • sysapi.dll - OSA System Information Provider (Fetch the System Information)
  • snetcfg.exe (by Windows (R) 2000 DDK provider) - Windows (R) 2000 DDK driver (network config sample)
  • XpFwTool.exe (by Avocent/OSA Technologies) - AdminWorks Management Suite (Windows XP Sp2 firewall Utility)
  • admtray.exe (by Avocent) - Acer Empowering framework (Tray Program for Acer)
  • s_it87.dll (by OSA Technologies, An Avocent Company) - Sensor Module (it87 sensor chip)
  • s_lm85m.dll (by OSA Technologies, An Avocent Company) - lm85 sensor chip
  • s_smsc47m1.dll - smsc47m1 sensor chip
  • smbiosapi.dll - OSA smbiosapi (smbiosapi)
  • cpuid_dll.dll (by OSA Technologies) - cpuid_dll (cpuid_dll)
  • awServ.exe - AdminWorks (AdminWorks Agent)
  • awtray.exe - AdminWorks Tray Program
  • NetMonitor.dll - NetMonitor
  • IpmiTrans.dll - IpmiTrans
  • osaiodll.dll - osaiodll
  • log4net.dll (by The Apache Software Foundation) - log4net (log4net for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • acer.empowering.framework.passwordsetting.dll
  • AgentCmd.dll
  • installnet.exe
  • InstHelp.dll - provides InstallShield with all necessary functions
  • instnt.exe
  • preaction.exe
  • scrollbarlib.dll
  • ServiceControl.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • eAPLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B03A8BD1-3D35-4013-B272-A8AC5428ABAB}' (runs on registration).
  • awServ.exe runs as a service named 'AdminWorks Agent X6' (AWService).
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • admtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ADMTray.exe' which loads as "C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\admtray.exe".
  • awtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AdminWorks Tray' which loads as "C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\awtray.exe".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Acer.Empowering.Framework.Supervisor.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\ACER.EMPOWERING.FRAMEWORK.SUPERVISOR.EXE'.
  • Acer.Empowering.Framework.Launcher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\Acer.Empowering.Framework.Launcher.exe'.

How do I remove Acer Empowering Technology framework?

Quickly and completely remove Acer Empowering Technology framework from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Acer Empowering Technology framework 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 Acer Empowering Technology framework, 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 Acer Empowering Technology framework.

Win XP 86%
Win 10 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 20%
Keep it 80%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 94.69%
Windows 7 2.65%
Windows Vista 1.77%
Windows 10 0.88%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 94.23%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 1.92%
Windows 7 Home Premium 1.92%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 0.96%
Windows 7 Professional 0.96%

Distribution by countryGeography

16.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 16.82%
  Italy 14.02%
  Spain 7.48%
  Canada 6.54%
  Germany 5.61%
  France 4.67%
  United Kingdom 4.67%
  DK 4.67%
  Netherlands 3.74%
  Greece 3.74%
  Poland 2.80%
  Austria 1.87%
  Finland 1.87%
  Hungary 1.87%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sahara 73.33%
Acer 16.19%
American Megatrends 4.76%
Dell 0.95%
Intel 0.95%
Lenovo 0.95%
Toshiba 0.95%
Common models
Acer Aspire 5670 11.11%
Acer Aspire 5630 10.10%
Acer Aspire 3690 9.09%
Acer Aspire 1640Z 6.06%
Acer Aspire 5610 6.06%
Acer TravelMate 4200 5.05%

About Acer

Acer is a Taiwanese hardware and electronics corporation whose products include desktop and laptop computer PCs, tablet computers, servers, storage devices, displays, smartphones and peripherals.
Publisher URL: www.acer.com


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