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Should I remove Canon Camera Access Library?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,739
United States Rank #4,087
Reach 0.1101%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.07 days
592.05 days >
Average installed length: 311.08 days


VersionDistribution 7.05% 9.35% 23.09% 60.51%

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Canon Camera Access Library

What is Canon Camera Access Library?

Canon Camera Access Library is installed with various Canon printers and mutifunction devices and is part of the standard software installation. It provides functionality to connect and interface with the connected device.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is calmain.exe. The software installer includes 5 files.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.usa.canon.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Canon\UIW\\Uninst.exe" "C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\Uninst.ini"

Program filesFiles installed by Canon Camera Access Library

Program executable:calmain.exe
Canon Camera Access Library 8
Path:C:\Program Files\canon\cal\calmain.exe
Additional files:
  • CanonPtpIpForI.dll - CAP CanonPtpIpForI (CanonPtpIpForI)
  • CustomInstall.dll - CALServer (Custom module for CALServer installer/uninstaller)
  • CALWLESS.exe - Canon Camera Access Library 8

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • CALMAIN.exe runs as a service named 'CCALib8' (CCALib8).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.4 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004728638%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00029076%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00018210%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:21 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Canon Camera Access Library?

You can uninstall Canon Camera Access Library 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 Canon Camera Access Library, 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 Canon Camera Access Library.

Win 7 (SP1) 40%
Win Server 2003 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 41.52%
Windows XP 31.52%
Windows 10 14.33%
Windows Vista 12.58%
Windows Server 2003 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 31.19%
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.99%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.30%
Windows 7 Professional 7.17%
Windows 10 Home 6.42%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.72%
  Germany 8.19%
  Canada 6.13%
  United Kingdom 5.69%
  France 3.56%
  Italy 2.94%
  Australia 2.20%
  Netherlands 2.17%
  Belgium 1.65%
  Israel 1.06%
  Spain 1.03%
  Sweden 0.95%
  Japan 0.66%
  Poland 0.62%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.47%
Hewlett-Packard 23.58%
Acer 11.26%
Intel 7.29%
American Megatrends 5.11%
ASUS 5.11%
Toshiba 3.89%
Sahara 2.59%
Medion 1.30%
Lenovo 1.22%
Samsung 1.05%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.28%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.33%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.25%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.38%
Dell Dell XPS420 2.16%
Dell Dell DXP061 1.95%

About Canon

Canon is a manufacture of imaging and optical products, including cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, steppers and computer printers.
Publisher URL: www.canon.com


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