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27% remove it73% keep it
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United States Rank #9,318
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.63 days
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Average installed length: 242.28 days


2.60 100.00%

FormatFactory 2.60

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.


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 71 files and is usually about 112.6 MB (118,071,315 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pcfreetime.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\formatfactory
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\FreeTime\FormatFactory\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 112.6 MB

Program filesFiles installed by FormatFactory 2.60

Program executable:formatfactory.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\formatfactory\formatfactory.exe
Additional files:
  • FFConvert.dll
  • PicConvert.dll
  • pthreadGC2.dll (by Open Source Software community project) - POSIX Threads for Windows32 Library
  • FFInst.exe - Format Factory Codec Installer
  • uninst.exe
  • MediaInfo.dll (by http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net) - MediaInfoLib (Library to read info about media files)
  • BCGCBPRO1210u100.dll (by BCGSoft Ltd) - BCGControlBar Professional Dynamic Link Library (BCGControlBar Professional DLL)
  • BCGCBPRO1021u80.dll (by BCGSoft Ltd)
  • BCGPStyle2007Aqua1210.dll (by BCGSoft Co Ltd) - BCGSoft Office 2007 Style (Office 2007 (Aqua) style resource library)
  • mfc100u.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 10 (MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version)
  • msvcp100.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcr100.dll
  • ShellEx_101.dll - ShellEx (FormatFactory Shell Menu Module)
  • avcodec.dll
  • avcodec-52.dll
  • avdevice.dll
  • avdevice-52.dll
  • avfilter.dll
  • avformat.dll
  • avformat-52.dll
  • avutil.dll
  • avutil-49.dll
  • BCGCBPRO100u80.dll
  • BCGCBPRO1100u80.dll
  • BCGCBPRO1610u100.dll
  • BCGCBPRO1800u100.dll
  • BCGCBPRO2000u110.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Aqua100.dll (by BCGSoft Co Ltd)
  • BCGPStyle2007Aqua1021.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Aqua110.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Aqua1610.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Aqua180.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Luna100.dll - Office 2007 (Blue) style resource library
  • BCGPStyle2007Luna1021.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Luna110.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Luna1210.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Luna1610.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Luna180.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Luna200.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Obsidian100.dll - Office 2007 (Black) style resource library
  • BCGPStyle2007Obsidian1021.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Obsidian110.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Obsidian1210.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Obsidian1610.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Obsidian180.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Silver100.dll - Office 2007 (Silver) style resource library
  • BCGPStyle2007Silver1021.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Silver110.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Silver1210.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Silver1610.dll
  • BCGPStyle2007Silver180.dll
  • drv1.dll (by RealNetworks) - RealVideo 1.0 (32-bit) (RealVideo 1.0)
  • drv2.dll - RealVideo G2 (32-bit) (RealVideo G2)
  • drvc.dll - RealVideo 8+9 (32-bit) (RealVideo 8+9)
  • FormatFactorymgr.exe
  • gdiplus.dll - Microsoft GDI+
  • mfc110u.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2012
  • mfc80u.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005
  • msvcp110.dll
  • msvcp80.dll - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Context Menu Handlers
  • 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}.
Scheduled Task
  • FormatFactory.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6E1060D7-5F13-4755-B63B-95CFA8D44BB5}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • FormatFactory.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FreeTime\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 2.60, 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) 54%
Win 10 0%
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.57%
Windows 10 14.84%
Windows XP 9.95%
Windows Vista 4.58%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 33.52%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.06%
Windows 7 Professional 10.24%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.96%
Windows 8 Pro 3.55%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

12.93% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 12.93%
  Saudi Arabia 7.88%
  Brazil 7.41%
  Germany 6.97%
  Italy 4.54%
  DZ 4.45%
  France 4.13%
  Iran 4.13%
  Thailand 3.47%
  Egypt 3.40%
  MA 3.28%
  India 3.18%
  IQ 2.21%
  Spain 2.18%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.86%
Acer 20.88%
Dell 19.55%
Toshiba 8.45%
ASUS 6.80%
Lenovo 3.83%
Samsung 3.13%
Intel 3.03%
American Megatrends 1.65%
Sahara 1.06%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.59%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.27%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.43%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.11%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.28%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.16%


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