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Beyond Compare Version 2.5.3

What is Beyond Compare?  (from Scooter Software)

Beyond Compare is a directory compare utility and a file compare utility wrapped in one. Synchronize files between laptop and PC, home and office, etc. Compare directory trees side-by-side with mismatches highlighted. Display text files side-by-side with changes highlighted. Great for merging changes to source code. Su...  Read more


Beyond Compare Version 2.5.3 is a program developed by Scooter Software. 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 bc2.exe. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 6.96 MB (7,293,990 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 59% of users of Beyond Compare come from the United States, it is also popular in France and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.scootersoftware.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Beyond Compare 2\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Beyond Compare 2\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 6.96 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Beyond Compare Version 2.5.3

Program executable:bc2.exe
Name:Beyond Compare
Path:C:\Program Files\beyond compare 2\bc2.exe
Additional files:
  • BCShellEx.dll - Beyond Compare Shell Extension (Beyond Compare)
  • BCShellEx64.dll
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • BCQC.exe
  • sfFTPLib.dll (by SmartFTP) - SmartFTP FTP Library

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • BCShellEx64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'BCShellEx' with a class of {B22A40F0-BD69-11D3-8D28-006097C82E57}.
  • BCShellEx.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'BCShellEx' with a class of {B22A40F0-BD69-11D3-8D28-006097C82E57}.

How do I remove Beyond Compare?

You can uninstall Beyond Compare 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 Beyond Compare Version 2.5.3, 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 Beyond Compare.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win Vista (SP2) 1%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.91%
Windows 10 22.06%
Windows XP 9.56%
Windows Vista 1.47%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 28.15%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.30%
Windows 7 Enterprise 14.81%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.89%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.15%
Windows 8.1 5.19%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.43%
  France 6.29%
  United Kingdom 4.00%
  Canada 3.43%
  Germany 2.86%
  Australia 2.29%
  Spain 2.29%
  Israel 2.29%
  Netherlands 2.29%
  Finland 1.71%
  Switzerland 1.14%
  Italy 1.14%
  Russia 1.14%
  Sweden 1.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 42.72%
Dell 24.27%
Acer 13.59%
ASUS 5.83%
Intel 3.88%
Apple 1.94%
Lenovo 1.94%
Toshiba 1.94%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6520 3.60%
HP Z400 Workstation 3.60%
HP ProBook 6460b 2.70%
HP ProBook 6450b 2.70%
ASUSTeK K52Je 1.80%
Gigabyte P45T-ES3G 1.80%


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