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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,016
United States Rank #2,092
Reach 0.3268%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.12 days
593.39 days >
Average installed length: 311.78 days


1.0 1.04%

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What is Fences?  (from Stardock)

Fences is a revolutionary new program that lets users clean up their desktop icons in moments. Users draw "fences" on their desktop which enables users to drag and drop icons into them. Users can have fences show and hide by double-clicking on the desktop. In addition, users can control which icons show and hide when t...  Read more


Fences is a program developed by Stardock. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 36 files and is usually about 9.05 MB (9,490,343 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 46% of users of Fences come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.stardock.com
Help link: www.desktopfences.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Fences
Uninstaller: "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\{A87EB928-0C6C-4071-AEF1-59E32BAEDF1B}\Fences.exe" REMOVE=TRUE MODIFY=FALSE
Estimated size: 9.05 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Fences

Program executable:fences.exe
Fences Settings
Path:C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\{a3a26c56-02c3-4f76-a033-12ee2fb52ae6}\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
  • Fences.OEM.HP.exe - Fences OEM - HP
  • 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)
  • FencesMenu.dll - Fences (Stardock Fences Shell Extension)
  • FencesMenu64.dll
  • DesktopDock.dll - Stardock Fences
  • DesktopDock64.dll
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)
  • 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.
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?

You can uninstall Fences 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, 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.

Win 7 (SP1) 73%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.28%
Windows 10 8.28%
Windows XP 6.96%
Windows Vista 6.47%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.68%
Windows 7 Professional 19.55%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.24%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.89%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.92%
Windows 7 Enterprise 3.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.89% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.89%
  Germany 6.76%
  France 4.76%
  United Kingdom 3.82%
  Taiwan 3.36%
  Canada 3.22%
  Italy 2.30%
  Belgium 1.99%
  Australia 1.90%
  Japan 1.80%
  Brazil 1.64%
  Netherlands 1.58%
  Spain 1.32%
  Israel 1.24%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.12%
Hewlett-Packard 25.45%
Acer 14.84%
ASUS 9.77%
Toshiba 4.31%
Intel 2.67%
Lenovo 2.45%
Samsung 1.66%
American Megatrends 1.06%
Sahara 0.76%
Medion 0.65%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.89%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.72%
HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC 3.12%
ASUS All Series 2.60%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.52%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.43%

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


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