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Should I remove FormatFactory?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,204
United States Rank #6,673
Reach 0.2904%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.04 days
384.55 days >
Average installed length: 202.05 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%



FormatFactory is a software program developed by Free Time. 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 formatfactory.exe. The setup package generally installs about 83 files and is usually about 147.94 MB (155,123,838 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 12% of users of FormatFactory come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Brazil.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pcfreetime.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\freetime\formatfactory
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\FreeTime\FormatFactory\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 147.94 MB

Program filesFiles installed by FormatFactory

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_102.dll
  • ShellEx_103.dll
  • ShellEx64_100.dll
  • ShellEx64_102.dll
  • ShellEx64_103.dll
  • BCGCBPRO2200u120.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

7 Context Menu Handlers
  • ShellEx_102.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • ShellEx64_102.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • 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}.
  • ShellEx_100.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
  • Plus 1 more
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FormatFactory.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{86BD3A61-74E9-4320-9516-68175EF03A7F}' (runs on registration).
  • uninst.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{09B0C1C2-DE5A-4E0F-AD9D-8FF0890126AC}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • FormatFactory.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FormatFactory\FormatFactory.exe'.

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, 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) 51%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.18%
Windows 10 35.12%
Windows XP 3.71%
Windows Vista 1.99%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.74%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.57%
Windows 7 Professional 11.88%
Windows 8.1 Pro 9.08%
Windows 8.1 7.64%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 3.71%

Distribution by countryGeography

11.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 11.91%
  Germany 10.07%
  Brazil 9.95%
  France 6.34%
  Italy 5.76%
  Saudi Arabia 5.21%
  DZ 4.39%
  Egypt 3.67%
  India 3.16%
  MA 2.50%
  Thailand 2.44%
  IQ 2.07%
  Spain 1.91%
  United Kingdom 1.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.14%
Acer 21.49%
Dell 17.78%
ASUS 11.99%
Toshiba 5.43%
Samsung 5.31%
Lenovo 4.84%
Intel 2.14%
Medion 1.42%
American Megatrends 0.68%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.61%
ASUS All Series 4.31%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.66%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.41%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.01%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.11%


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