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5% remove it95% keep it
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Fences Free

What is Fences Free?  (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 Free is a software program developed by Stardock. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named fences.exe. The setup package generally installs about 8 files and is usually about 6.89 MB (7,227,499 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 70% of users of Fences Free come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.stardock.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\Fences
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\Fences\UninstHelper.exe" /autouninstall fences
Estimated size: 6.89 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Fences Free

Program executable:fences.exe
Fences Settings
Path:C:\Program Files\stardock\object desktop\fences\fences.exe
Additional files:
  • UninstHelper.exe - Impulse (Add/Remove Programs Helper)
  • FencesMenu.dll - Fences (Stardock Fences Shell Extension)
  • FencesMenu64.dll
  • DesktopDock.dll - Stardock Fences
  • DesktopDock64.dll
  • VistaBridgeLibrary.dll
  • SDActivate.exe - Activate (Product Activation)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • FencesMenu64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FencesShellExt' with a class of {1984DD45-52CF-49cd-AB77-18F378FEA264}.
  • FencesMenu.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 Free?

You can uninstall Fences Free 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 (Free), 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 Free.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win 10 3%
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 53.33%
Windows Vista 36.67%
Windows XP 6.67%
Windows 10 3.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 30.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.33%
Windows 7 Professional 20.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.67%
Windows 10 Pro 3.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

70.45% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 70.45%
  United Kingdom 9.09%
  France 4.55%
  Austria 2.27%
  Belgium 2.27%
  Canada 2.27%
  Germany 2.27%
  Spain 2.27%
  Netherlands 2.27%
  Taiwan 2.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.77%
Dell 15.38%
Acer 7.69%
American Megatrends 7.69%
Toshiba 3.85%
Medion 3.85%
Lenovo 3.85%
Intel 3.85%
Alienware 3.85%
Common models
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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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