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Should I remove Fences 2?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,139
United States Rank #4,068
Reach 0.1295%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.73 days
257.56 days >
Average installed length: 135.33 days


2.13 0.04%
2.01 Registered 0.04%
2.01 90.33%
2.00.2 3.29%
2.00 5.33%
1.80 0.98%

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Fences 2

What is Fences 2?  (from Stardock)

Fences® is a program that helps you organize your desktop and hide your icons when they're not in use. Fences is the world's most popular desktop enhancement for Windows®. What makes it so compelling is that what it does is so obviously useful and necessary that it is amazing that no one has thought of it before. You c...  Read more


Fences 2 is a program developed by Stardock. The most used version is 2.01, 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. 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 Fences.exe. The software installer includes 37 files and is usually about 26.49 MB (27,773,651 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 49% of users of Fences 2 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.stardock.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\uninstall.exe" "/C:C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Uninstall\uninstall.xml"
Estimated size: 26.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Fences 2

Program executable:Fences.exe
Fences Settings
Path:C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe
Additional files:
  • SasUpgrade.exe - Stardock Application Services (Sas License Upgrade)
  • SdAppServices.dll
  • SdAppServices_x64.dll
  • SdDisplay.exe - SdDisplay
  • Stardock.ApplicationServices.dll - Stardock.ApplicationServices
  • FencesControlPanel.dll - FencesConfig Module (Stardock Fences CPL Shell Extension)
  • FencesControlPanel64.dll
  • FencesRegRes.dll - Stardock Fences (Fences DLC Resources)
  • sddlc.dll - Stardock SDDLC (SDDLC)
  • sddlc64.dll
  • SDActivate.exe - Activate (Product Activation)
  • UninstHelper.exe - Impulse (Add/Remove Programs Helper)
  • Fences.exe - Fences (Fences Settings)
  • FencesMenu.dll - Stardock Fences Shell Extension
  • FencesMenu64.dll
  • DesktopDock.dll - Stardock Fences
  • DesktopDock64.dll
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)
  • lua5.1.dll
  • VistaBridgeLibrary.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • FencesMenu.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FencesShellExt' with a class of {1984DD45-52CF-49cd-AB77-18F378FEA264}.
  • FencesMenu64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FencesShellExt' with a class of {1984DD45-52CF-49cd-AB77-18F378FEA264}.
Scheduled Task
  • Fences.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A2A5CF50-813C-4CF1-8E66-69FC428F81BB}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Fences.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Fences.
  • Fences.exe runs as a service named 'Fences' (Fences).
Startup File (User Run)
  • Fences.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Fences' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe" /startup.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Fences.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Fences' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe" /startup.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Fences.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences\Fences.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Total CPU:0.3611724445%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.27185023%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.08932222%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Fences 2?

You can uninstall Fences 2 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 Fences 2, 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 Fences 2.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win Vista 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 67.80%
Windows 10 28.87%
Windows Vista 1.68%
Windows XP 1.65%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.99%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.17%
Windows 7 Professional 14.87%
Windows 8 Pro 5.43%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.45%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 3.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.78% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.78%
  Germany 4.05%
  United Kingdom 3.82%
  Canada 3.68%
  France 3.21%
  Italy 3.04%
  Australia 1.76%
  Spain 1.66%
  Netherlands 1.62%
  Brazil 1.55%
  Taiwan 1.45%
  Iran 1.45%
  Belgium 1.28%
  India 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.73%
Dell 22.95%
ASUS 14.38%
Acer 13.67%
Toshiba 4.67%
Lenovo 2.83%
Samsung 2.62%
Intel 1.63%
Alienware 1.27%
MSI 0.99%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.07%
ASUS All Series 5.93%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.74%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.68%
Dell XPS 8500 2.68%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.10%

About Stardock

Stardock is a software development company that initially developed for the OS/2 platform, but switch to Windows.
Publisher URL: www.stardock.com

comments1 comment

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Joover a year ago
I really like this software as a means of keeping software on the desktop organized the way I like it ordered. I like being able to hide all the icons then double-click or mouse-over to show them (paid version).