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What percent of users and experts removed it?
22% remove it78% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,066
United States Rank #19,478
Reach 0.0502%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.11 days
652.16 days >
Average installed length: 342.66 days


2.90 0.10%
2.80 99.90%

FormatFactory 2.80

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.


The most used version is 2.80, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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). 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 formatfactory.exe. The software installer includes 43 files and is usually about 114.22 MB (119,769,656 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: 114.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by FormatFactory 2.80

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
  • 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}.
  • ShellEx64_101.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}.
  • ShellEx64_100.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FormatFactoryShell' with a class of {A3777921-CFD3-4A6B-89BF-08E6B95716E8}.
Scheduled Task
  • FormatFactory.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6E1060D7-5F13-4755-B63B-95CFA8D44BB5}' (runs on registration).

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 2.80, 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 22%
Keep it 78%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.34%
Windows XP 11.62%
Windows 10 9.90%
Windows Vista 4.04%
Windows Server 2003 0.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 32.31%
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.36%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.52%
Windows 7 Professional 10.70%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.87%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

11.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 11.14%
  Germany 9.63%
  Brazil 8.11%
  Hungary 7.09%
  France 5.98%
  DZ 5.47%
  Italy 3.95%
  Thailand 3.65%
  Saudi Arabia 3.14%
  India 3.04%
  Egypt 2.94%
  MA 2.84%
  Iran 2.23%
  IQ 2.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.22%
Acer 21.53%
Dell 20.66%
ASUS 10.76%
Samsung 5.73%
Lenovo 4.51%
Toshiba 2.78%
American Megatrends 2.08%
Intel 1.04%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.47%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.12%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.78%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 3.09%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.75%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.75%


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