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Alien Skin Xenofex 2.0

What is Alien Skin Xenofex?  (from Alien Skin)

Xenofex 2 delivers 14 more phenomenal effects for Adobe Photoshop,Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Macromedia Fireworks and other image editors. The new collection of 14 effects simulates natural phenomena like storms, stains, cracks and burnt edges. What's more, Xenofex 2 also includes distortions like Television and Crumple, and...  Read more


Alien Skin Xenofex 2.0 is a software program developed by Alien Skin. 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. 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 primary executable is named Unwise32.exe. The setup package generally installs about 25 files and is usually about 5.85 MB (6,137,636 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 48% of users of Alien Skin Xenofex come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.alienskin.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Plug-ins\Filters\Alien Skin\Alien Skin Xenofex 2
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files2\Adobe\ADOBEP~2\Plug-ins\Filters\ALIENS~1\ALIENS~2\UNWISE.EXE C:\Program Files2\Adobe\ADOBEP~2\Plug-ins\Filters\ALIENS~1\ALIENS~2\INSTALL.LOG
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Estimated size: 5.85 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Alien Skin Xenofex 2.0

Program executable:Unwise32.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Xara\Xara Xtreme 4\Xara Picture Editor\PSplug-ins\AlienSkin\Unwise32.exe
Additional files:
  • C2RICONS.EXE (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Office 2010 (Microsoft Office 2010 component)
  • CVH.EXE (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Office Client Virtualization Handler
  • CVHSHARED.DLL - Microsoft Office Client Virtualization Handler Shared Dll
  • CVHSVC.EXE - Microsoft Office Client Virtualization Service
  • MAPICLIENT.DLL - Microsoft Virtual Office Simple Mapi Proxy Client
  • MAPISERVER.EXE - Microsoft Virtual Office Simple Mapi Proxy Server
  • OWSSuppFactory.dll - Microsoft SharePoint Client Support for Virtual Office
  • OWSSuppPS.dll - Microsoft SharePoint Client Support proxy/stub
  • ProtocolHandlerFactory.dll - Search MAPI Protocol Handler
  • ProtocolHandlerPS.dll - Search MAPI Protocol Handler proxy/stub
  • Unwise32.exe
  • VirtualOWSSuppHost.exe - Microsoft SharePoint Client Support Host
  • VirtualOWSSuppHostPS.dll - Microsoft SharePoint Client Support Host proxy/stub
  • VirtualOWSSuppManager.exe - Microsoft SharePoint Client Support Manager
  • VirtualOWSSuppManagerPS.dll - Microsoft SharePoint Client Support Manager proxy/stub
  • VirtualSearchHost.exe - Search MAPI Protocol Handler Host
  • VirtualSearchHostPS.dll - Search MAPI Protocol Handler Host proxy/stub
  • VirtualSearchProtocolHost.exe - Search MAPI Protocol Handler Manager
  • VirtualSearchProtocolHostPS.dll - Search MAPI Protocol Handler Manager proxy/stub
  • Xenofex 2 Core.dll - Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Retail
  • xenofex2.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Mozilla Plugin
  • CVHBS.EXE is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Microsoft SharePoint Plug-in for Firefox' with a plugin key of '@microsoft.com/SharePoint,version=14.0' for all users of the PC.
5 Scheduled Tasks
  • CVH.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{CA9B4117-A585-4C17-853C-D6CE17BDC837}' (runs on registration).
  • Unwise32.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6768D28E-B6AC-49C5-988D-1DD310504E28}' (runs on registration).
  • CVHBS.EXE is scheduled as a task named 'UpdaterEX' (runs daily at 3:07 PM).
  • C2RICONS.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{C9D0AF2A-4179-4A5C-A53B-BA0FF5C4894F}' (runs on registration).
  • OFFICEVIRT.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{3B23BCDA-6BDB-437D-B180-6439CB4337D7}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • CVHBS.EXE runs as a service named 'McAfee Application Installer Cleanup (0201661432130199)' (0201661432130199mcinstcleanup).
  • CVHSVC.EXE runs as a service named 'Client Virtualization Handler' (cvhsvc) "Client Virtualization Handler Service (unlocalized description)".
Startup File (User Run)
  • CVH.EXE is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'OfficeSyncProcess' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\virtualization handler\cvh.exe" /quietlaunch "MSOSYNC 9014006604090000".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • CVHBS.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MapsGalaxy Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\MAPSGA~2\bar\1.bin\39srchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • CVHSVC.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Virtualization Handler\CVHSVC.EXE'.
  • CVH.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\virtualization handler\cvh.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.86 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001679723%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00011813%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004984%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:19,902
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:83 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:6.88 MB
Total CPU:0.0010585593%
Kernel CPU:0.00079093%
User CPU:0.00026763%
CPU cycles/sec:56,547
I/O reads/min:330 Bytes
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes
Memory:2.26 MB
Total CPU:0.0003438751%
Kernel CPU:0.00028268%
User CPU:0.00006119%
CPU cycles/sec:12,092
I/O reads/min:58 Bytes
I/O writes/min:16 Bytes

How do I remove Alien Skin Xenofex?

You can uninstall Alien Skin Xenofex 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 Alien Skin Xenofex 2.0, 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 Alien Skin Xenofex.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Alien Skin Xenofex 2.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.99%
Windows 10 20.00%
Windows XP 12.54%
Windows Vista 4.48%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.43%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.31%
Windows 7 Professional 9.01%
Windows 10 Home 7.51%
Windows 8.1 3.90%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.41% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.41%
  United Kingdom 6.60%
  Germany 5.87%
  Canada 4.65%
  France 3.67%
  Italy 2.69%
  Brazil 2.20%
  Belgium 1.96%
  Netherlands 1.96%
  Australia 1.47%
  Sweden 1.47%
  IQ 1.47%
  Spain 1.47%
  Russia 1.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.97%
Dell 22.16%
ASUS 11.89%
Acer 11.35%
American Megatrends 5.95%
Intel 1.62%
Lenovo 1.62%
Toshiba 1.62%
Medion 1.08%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 660 3.31%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.31%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.31%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 2.48%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.48%
Hewlett-Packard SG3-321SC 2.48%

About (from Alien Skin)

Alien Skin Software has been producing cool graphics software since 1993. In the early days we made the first drop shadow filter for Photoshop.
Publisher URL: www.alienskin.com


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