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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,622
United States Rank #11,951
Reach 0.0850%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.25 days
390.80 days >
Average installed length: 205.33 days


VersionDistribution 68.62% 12.17% 19.21%

Connectify Hotspot

What is Connectify Hotspot?  (from Connectify)

Connectify Hotspot is an easy to use software router for Windows computers that utilizes your PC’s built in Wi-Fi card to wirelessly share any available Internet connection with friends, co-workers, and mobile devices. With Connectify Hotspot PRO, you can turn your Windows computer into a real Wi-Fi hotspot that shares...  Read more


Connectify Hotspot is a program developed by Connectify. 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 programs's main executable is ConnectifyService.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.48 MB of memory. The software installer includes 57 files and is usually about 23.62 MB (24,770,171 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 16% of users of Connectify Hotspot come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.connectify.me/hotspot
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Connectify
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Connectify\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 23.62 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Connectify Hotspot

Program executable:ConnectifyService.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Connectify\ConnectifyService.exe
Additional files:
  • ConnectifyBrowserComms.ocx - ConnectifyBrowserComms (Connectify XmlRpc Proxy for IE)
  • ConnectifyGopher.exe - Connectify Gopher (Connectify Helper Application)
  • Connectify.exe - Connectify
  • Connectifyd.exe - Connectifyd
  • ConnectifySupportCenter.exe - Connectify Hotspot Support Center
  • ServiceComms.dll
  • Interop.NetFwTypeLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'NetFwTypeLib'.
  • Interop.NETWORKLIST.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'NETWORKLIST'.
  • Interop.NETCONLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'NETCONLib'.
  • Interop.SHDocVw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • AWSSDK.dll (by Amazon.com, Inc) - Amazon Web Services SDK for .NET (AWSSDK)
  • gma.Windows.Firewall.dll - gma.Windows.Firewall
  • FsprgEmbeddedStore.dll (by FastSpring) - FsprgEmbeddedStore
  • HardwareHelperLib.exe - HardwareHelperLib
  • HtmlAgilityPack.dll (by Simon Mourier) - Html Agility Pack (Html Agility Pack - Release)
  • ConnectifyShutdown.exe - ConnectifyKiller
  • DriverDbClient.dll (by Toshiba) - DriverDbClient
  • CookComputing.XmlRpcServerV2.dll (by Cook Computing) - XML-RPC.NET (XML-RPC.NET Server)
  • CookComputing.XmlRpcV2.dll (by Cook Computing) - XML-RPC.Net (XML-RPC.NET)
  • BuildProps.dll - BuildProps
  • HttpServer.dll (by Gauffin Telecom AB) - HttpServer
  • io.dll (by MetaGeek) - IoctlNdis
  • DriverLib.dll - WinPkLib
  • log4net.dll (by The Apache Software Foundation) - log4net (log4net for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • ConnectifyNAT.dll
  • ConnectifyNetServices.exe
  • ConnectifyService.exe
  • GlobalAtomTable.exe
  • NativeLibrary.dll
  • start_service.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Connectify.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D9E2157E-BCAE-4C02-962B-DC86B5DCCB30}' (runs on registration).
  • ConnectifyService.exe runs as a service named 'Connectify' (Connectify) "Turns your computer into a WiFi hotspot".
Startup File (User Run)
  • Connectify.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Connectify' and executes as C:\Program Files\Connectify\Connectify.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Connectify.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Connectify Hotspot' which loads as C:\Program Files\Connectify\Connectify.exe autorun.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Connectify.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Connectify\Connectify.exe'.
  • ConnectifyNetServices.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Connectify\ConnectifyNetServices.exe'.
  • Connectifyd.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Connectify\Connectifyd.exe'.
Network connections
  • Connectify.exe connects to par03s03-in-f8.1e100.net ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.48 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002802922%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00014015%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00014015%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:3,250
8,062,084 average
Memory:124.98 MB
Total CPU:0.0027822442%
Kernel CPU:0.00126007%
User CPU:0.00152218%
CPU cycles/sec:1,860,060
I/O reads/min:1.96 KB
I/O writes/min:267 Bytes
Memory:47.42 MB
Total CPU:0.0035069333%
Kernel CPU:0.00194168%
User CPU:0.00156526%
CPU cycles/sec:3,932,358
I/O reads/min:972 Bytes
I/O writes/min:17.62 KB

How do I remove Connectify Hotspot?

You can uninstall Connectify Hotspot 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 Connectify Hotspot, 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 Connectify Hotspot.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.55%
Windows 10 20.35%
Windows XP 2.15%
Windows Vista 0.95%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.66%
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.77%
Windows 7 Professional 11.50%
Windows 8 Pro 5.21%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.83%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.47%

Distribution by countryGeography

15.96% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 15.96%
  India 8.61%
  Germany 4.64%
  MA 4.52%
  IQ 4.28%
  Saudi Arabia 2.71%
  Thailand 2.59%
  Indonesia 2.29%
  Iran 2.29%
  Taiwan 2.17%
  France 2.11%
  Italy 2.05%
  Brazil 1.93%
  Egypt 1.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.80%
Dell 21.42%
Acer 16.77%
ASUS 10.63%
Toshiba 9.76%
Lenovo 5.51%
Samsung 5.51%
Sony 1.10%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.55%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.31%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.67%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.73%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.18%


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