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25% remove it75% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,392
United States Rank #10,765
Reach 0.1651%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.37 days
630.36 days >
Average installed length: 331.21 days


3.00 100.00%

FormatFactory 3.00

What is FormatFactory?

FormatFactory is an ad-supported freeware multimedia converter that can convert video, audio, and picture files. It is also capable of ripping DVDs and CDs to other file formats, as well as creating .iso images. It can also join multiple video files together into one. FormatFactory supports 3gp, mpg, mkv, flv, swf, mp4, vob, mov, wav, aac, jpg and other audio, video and image formats.

About  (from Free Time)

Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter. Provides functions below: All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF. All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV. All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA. Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.


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 formatfactory.exe. The setup package generally installs about 58 files and is usually about 142.38 MB (149,299,115 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pcfreetime.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\freetime\formatfactory
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\FreeTime\FormatFactory\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 142.38 MB

Program filesFiles installed by FormatFactory 3.00

Program executable:formatfactory.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\freetime\formatfactory\formatfactory.exe
Additional files:
  • FFInst.exe - FormatFactory Installer
  • uninst.exe - Format Factory (Format Factory Video/Audio/Picture Converter)
  • ShellEx_100.dll - ShellEx (FormatFactory Shell Menu Module)
  • ShellEx_101.dll
  • ShellEx_103.dll
  • ShellEx64_100.dll
  • ShellEx64_101.dll
  • ShellEx64_103.dll
  • BCGCBPRO1800u100.dll (by BCGSoft Ltd) - BCGControlBar Professional Dynamic Link Library (BCGControlBar Professional DLL)
  • MediaInfo.dll (by http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net) - MediaInfoLib (Library to read info about media files)
  • PicConvert.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

6 Context Menu Handlers
  • ShellEx64_103.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • ShellEx_103.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • ShellEx_101.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • ShellEx64_101.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • ShellEx_100.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • ShellEx64_100.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.

How do I remove FormatFactory?

You can uninstall FormatFactory 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 FormatFactory 3.00, 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 FormatFactory.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win Server 2003 0%
Uninstall it 25%
Keep it 75%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.39%
Windows 10 14.15%
Windows XP 8.84%
Windows Vista 2.58%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 33.21%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.18%
Windows 7 Professional 11.55%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.90%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.97%
Windows 8 Pro 3.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.55% of installs come from Brazil
Which countries install it?
  Brazil 26.55%
  United States 9.93%
  France 7.35%
  Germany 6.51%
  DZ 3.54%
  MA 3.19%
  Czech Republic 3.19%
  Saudi Arabia 2.51%
  India 2.48%
  Turkey 2.30%
  Taiwan 1.80%
  Egypt 1.71%
  Italy 1.67%
  Iran 1.64%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 21.99%
Hewlett-Packard 20.99%
Dell 18.84%
ASUS 11.77%
Samsung 6.24%
Lenovo 3.87%
Toshiba 2.54%
Intel 2.49%
American Megatrends 1.10%
Common models
Positivo Positivo Mobile 4.83%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.57%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.68%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.30%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.29%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.16%


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