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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,860
United States Rank #7,039
Reach 0.0640%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.03 days
295.84 days >
Average installed length: 155.44 days


VersionDistribution 1.13% 0.65% 0.97% 1.45% 0.08% 2.10% 0.56% 0.48% 4.11% 4.44% 6.13% 0.08% 12.98% 0.32% 2.58% 5.73% 20.81% 1.94% 3.95% 3.87% 0.08% 6.85% 0.08% 1.94% 4.52% 1.94% 1.77% 0.48% 0.89% 0.56% 0.48% 1.21% 0.08% 0.08% 2.82% 1.05% 0.81%


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What is FortiClient?  (from Fortinet)

FortiClient extends the power of FortiGate's Unified threat management to endpoints on your network. Desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, FortiClient enables every device - local or remote, stationary or mobile - to integrate with your FortiGate. With no per-seat license fees, FortiClient takes the headaches out...  Read more


FortiClient is a program developed by Fortinet. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 main program executable is FortiClient.exe. The software installer includes 128 files and is usually about 14.9 MB (15,625,364 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 43% of users of FortiClient come from the United States, it is also popular in Italy and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.fortinet.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{4B897488-D57A-4BC6-90A1-018F1825E2E5}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 14.9 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by FortiClient

Program executable:FortiClient.exe
Name:FortiClient Console
Path:C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\FortiClient.exe
Additional files:
  • FortiLSPHeuristics.dll - FortiClient socket layer service provider heuristics (fortilsp heuristics)
  • mdare.dll - FortiClient Malware Detection and Removal Engine (Malware Detection and Removal Engine)
  • npccpluginex.dll - FortiClient SSLVPN CacheCleanerEx Firefox Plugin
  • nptcplugin.dll - FortiClient SSLVPN Tunnel Service FireFox Plugin (FortiClient SSLVPN Tunnel Service Firefox Plugin)
  • npccplugin.dll - FortiClient SSLVPN CacheCleaner Firefox Plugin
  • CacheCleanAP.exe - FortiClient SSLVPN CacheCleaner Application
  • CacheCleanAP64.exe
  • FCCOMIntDLL.dll - FortiClient COM Interface (ActiveX control)
  • FCOEAM.dll - FortiClient outlook express antispam plugin (fortiece)
  • fmon.exe - FortiClient real-time file system monitor (FortiClient Realtime AntiVirus Protection)
  • FSSOMA.exe - Forticlient Single Sign-On Mobility Agent (FortiSSOMA)
  • LaunchCacheClean.dll - FortiClient SSLVPN CacheCleaner Launcher (FortiClient SSLVPN CacheCleaner Launcher Library)
  • launchcacheclean64.dll
  • rmon.exe - FortiClient windows startup list monitor (FortiClient AutoRun Monitor)
  • FCCOMInt.exe - FortiClient COM Interface (Executable)
  • FCVbltScan.exe - FortiClient vulnerability scan daemon
  • sslvpnhostcheck.dll - FortiClient SSLVPN HostCheck Library
  • sslvpnhostcheck64.dll
  • FortiESNAC.exe - FortiClient Network Access Control
  • FortiTray.exe - FortiClient System Tray Controller
  • libcfg.dll - FortiClient configuration library (configuration library)
  • fcappdb.exe - FortiClient Application Database (FortiClient Application Database Service)
  • FCConfig.exe - FortiClient Configuration Daemon
  • FCOEHook.dll - FortiClient outlook express hook
  • vpcd.exe - FortiClient VPN Policy Retriever
  • xmlav.dll - FortiClient Configuration Module
  • xmlesnac.dll
  • xmlfssoma.dll
  • xmlfw.dll
  • xmlsystem.dll
  • xmlvpn.dll
  • xmlvuln.dll
  • xmlwanopt.dll
  • xmlwf.dll
  • fcp.dll - FortiClient FDS protocol engine (fcp)
  • FCResc.dll - FortiClient Customized Resource
  • forticachecleaner.dll - FortiClient SSLVPN CacheCleaner
  • FortiCacheCleaner64.dll
  • forticredentialprovider.dll - FortiClient Credential Provider
  • FortiCredentialProvider2x64.dll
  • forticredentialprovider64.dll
  • FortiTrayResc.dll
  • submitv.exe - FortiClient virus submit daemon (FortiClient Virus Feedback Service)
  • av_task.exe - FortiClient Anti_virus Scanner (av_task)
  • FortiWF.exe - FortiClient Web Filter Service
  • EPCUserAvatar.exe - FortiClient User Avatar Agent
  • FortiAvatar.exe
  • FortiCliSh.dll - FortiClient Shell Integration
  • FortiCliSh64.dll
  • ipsec.exe - FortiClient IPSec VPN Service
  • libavr.dll - FortiClient AV repair library (AV repair library)
  • update_task.exe - FortiClient Auto-update Agent (update_task)
  • fortifws.exe - FortiClient Firewall Service
  • FortiWadbd.exe - FortiClient WanOptDB Service
  • FortiClient_Diagnostic_Tool.exe - FortiClient Diagnostic Tool
  • forticontrol.dll - FortiClient SSL VPN Service (FortiClient SSL VPN Control)
  • FortiSSLVPNdaemon.exe - FortiClient SSL VPN daemon
  • sslvpnlib.dll - FortiConnect SSLVPN Library (sslvpnlib)
  • utilsdll.dll - FortiClient support library (utility library)
  • FCAuth.exe - FortiClient Authentication

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • FortiCliSh.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FortiClient' with a class of {7AE5C558-994B-40B7-8730-2DAC2B96781B}.
  • FortiCliSh64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FortiClient' with a class of {7AE5C558-994B-40B7-8730-2DAC2B96781B}.
3 Google Chrome Plugins
  • npccpluginex.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npccpluginex.dll'.
  • nptcplugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'nptcplugin.dll'.
  • npccplugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npccplugin.dll'.
3 Mozilla Plugins
  • nptcplugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@FortinetTunnelControl' with a plugin key of '@FortinetTunnelControl' for all users of the PC.
  • npccpluginex.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@FortinetCacheCleanEx' with a plugin key of '@FortinetCacheCleanEx' for all users of the PC.
  • npccplugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@FortinetCacheClean' with a plugin key of '@FortinetCacheClean' for all users of the PC.
  • scheduler.exe runs as a service named 'FortiClient Service Scheduler' (FA_Scheduler) "FortiClient Service Scheduler".
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • av_task.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FortiClient' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\av_task.exe" -r -q -s asdf_0123.
4 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • FortiESNAC.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\FortiESNAC.exe'.
  • ipsec.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\ipsec.exe'.
  • FortiWad.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\FortiWad.exe'.
  • FortiProxy.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\FortiProxy.exe'.

How do I remove FortiClient?

Quickly and completely remove FortiClient from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall FortiClient 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program FortiClient, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 FortiClient.

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Win 10 54%
Win Server 2003 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 53.70%
Windows 7 44.20%
Windows XP 1.53%
Windows Vista 0.48%
Windows Server 2003 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 26.09%
Windows 10 Pro 19.79%
Windows 10 Home 9.13%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.51%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.79%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.29% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.29%
  Italy 5.89%
  France 5.15%
  United Kingdom 3.66%
  Canada 3.18%
  Germany 2.51%
  Brazil 2.37%
  Israel 2.30%
  India 2.24%
  Netherlands 2.24%
  Spain 2.10%
  South Africa 1.49%
  Mexico 1.08%
  Poland 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 34.29%
Hewlett-Packard 30.56%
ASUS 10.31%
Lenovo 8.20%
Acer 6.21%
Toshiba 3.60%
Samsung 2.61%
Intel 1.49%
MSI 0.62%
Sony 0.62%
Common models
ASUSTeK BU403UA 4.44%
ASUS All Series 3.89%
HP ProBook 450 G2 2.78%
HP ProBook 4530s 2.78%
Dell Latitude E6430 2.22%
Dell Latitude E5430 non-v... 1.94%


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