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Should I remove Acer Theft Shield?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,368
United States Rank #5,426
Reach 0.0914%


1.01.8102 12.82%
1.01.3006 55.33%
1.01.3003 6.49%
1.01.3001 8.71%
1.01.3000 3.27%
1.00.3005 5.16%
1.00.3004 0.83%
1.00.3002 4.11%
1.00.3001 3.27%

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Acer Theft Shield

What is Acer Theft Shield?  (from Acer)

Acer Theft Shield is a protection tool for your notebook to prevent theft via detection over a Wi-Fi connection. This helps provide some security when using your notebook in a public place, such as outside, coffee shop, library and other public hotspots. Acer Theft Shield has two features to help protect your notebook....  Read more


Acer Theft Shield is a program developed by Acer. The most used version is 1.01.3006, 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 installer includes 14 files and is usually about 9.41 MB (9,866,940 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 48% of users of Acer Theft Shield come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.acer.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Theft Shield\
Uninstaller: Msiexec.exe /i {8adb0cd2-4e5a-452f-bb3b-3a2984cac749} ACER=1 PRODUCTNAME="Acer Theft Shield" REMOVEUSEC=1 BOOTSTRATOR=1
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.41 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Acer Theft Shield

  • CommPtl.dll - Acer Theft Shield (CommPtl)
  • genBackgrounds.exe - genBackgrounds
  • LogMgr2.dll - LogMgr2
  • SysCtrl.dll - SysCtrl
  • USecuAppClient.exe - USecuAppClient
  • USecuAppLauncher.exe - USecuAppLauncher
  • USecuAppSvc.exe - USecuAppSvc
  • WHNCtrl.dll - WHNCtrl Dynamic Link Library
  • UsecAppMsg.exe
  • USecuAppUI.exe
  • CommLib.dll - CommLib

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • USecuAppUI.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B1E2A49A-AEFF-4779-BA60-269265BB4AC3}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • USecuAppLauncher.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named AcerTheftShieldTask.
  • USecuAppSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Acer Theft Shield Service' (USecuAppSvc) "Acer Theft Shield Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • USecuAppClient.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Secure Applicayion' which loads as C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Theft Shield\USecuAppClient.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.29 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0005582181%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00036797%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00019025%
0.015104% average
Memory:2.26 MB
Kernel CPU:0.00003900%

How do I remove Acer Theft Shield?

You can uninstall Acer Theft Shield 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 Acer Theft Shield, 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 Acer Theft Shield.

Win 10 79%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 79.43%
Windows 7 20.51%
Windows XP 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 41.19%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.57%
Windows 8 17.34%
Windows 10 Home 8.45%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 4.45%
Windows 8 Single Language 2.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.99% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.99%
  Canada 6.98%
  Germany 4.97%
  United Kingdom 4.82%
  Brazil 3.66%
  France 3.06%
  Australia 2.21%
  Netherlands 2.01%
  Taiwan 1.81%
  DK 1.46%
  Czech Republic 1.36%
  Singapore 1.26%
  Sweden 1.26%
  Norway 1.10%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 99.89%
Dell 0.06%
Lenovo 0.06%
Common models
Acer Aspire S3-391 21.96%
Acer Aspire M5-481PT 12.68%
Acer Aspire M5-581T 8.72%
Acer Aspire S7-391 5.98%
Acer Aspire S7-392 5.81%
Acer Aspire M5-481T 5.81%

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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