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Global Rank #29,793
United States Rank #31,819
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.36 days
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Average installed length: 269.08 days


VersionDistribution 10.42% 4.17% 5.21% 12.50% 38.54% 3.13% 6.25% 6.25% 5.21% 6.25% 1.04% 1.04%

FortiClient Endpoint Security

What is FortiClient Endpoint Security?  (from Fortinet)

FortiClient endpoint security provides comprehensive, dynamic security for the network endpoint. FortiClient is a client-based software solution that offers a range of security features for desktops and laptops. When used in connection with FortiGate appliances, FortiClient delivers IPsec and SSL encryption, WAN optimi...  Read more


FortiClient Endpoint Security is a program developed by Fortinet. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 software installer includes 93 files and is usually about 19.71 MB (20,671,244 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 35% of users of FortiClient Endpoint Security come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Austria.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.fortinet.com/products/endpoint/forticlient.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{34D6AD5A-C03D-45FF-AA8A-8B306E01B96D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 19.71 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by FortiClient Endpoint Security

  • fortilspheuristics.dll - FortiClient socket layer service provider heuristics (fortilsp heuristics)
  • mdare.dll - FortiClient Malware Detection and Removal Engine (Malware Detection and Removal Engine)
  • CacheCleanAP64.exe - FortiClient SSLVPN CacheCleaner Application
  • 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 Anti-Virus Protection)
  • fwutil.dll - FortiClient personal firewall support lib (fwutil)
  • rmon.exe - FortiClient windows startup list monitor (FortiClient AutoRun Monitor)
  • fccomint.exe - FortiClient COM Interface (Executable)
  • fclanguageselector.exe - FortiClient Language Selection Utility
  • fortifw.exe - FortiClient Personal Firewall Service
  • libfw.dll
  • fcreg.exe - FortiClient Registration Component
  • fortitray.exe - FortiClient System Tray Controller
  • libcfg.dll - FortiClient configuration library (configuration library)
  • fcappdb.exe - FortiClient Application Database (FortiClient Application Database Service)
  • fcoehook.dll - FortiClient outlook express hook
  • fcwizard.exe - FortiClient Configuration Wizard
  • vpcd.exe - FortiClient VPN Policy Retriever
  • fcp.dll - FortiClient FDS protocol engine (fcp)
  • fcresc.dll - FortiClient Customized Resource
  • 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
  • forticlish.dll - FortiClient Shell Integration
  • fortiece.dll - FortiClient email scan plugin
  • libavr.dll - FortiClient AV repair library (AV repair library)
  • update_task.exe - FortiClient Auto-update Agent (update_task)
  • fortiwadbd.exe - FortiClient WanOptDB Service
  • utilsdll.dll - FortiClient support library (utility library)
  • fase.dll - FortiGuard AntiSpam Engine (FortiGuard AntiSpam Engine library)
  • fcauth.exe - FortiClient Authentication
  • fcdblog.exe - FortiClient Logging daemon
  • fcmgr.exe - FortiClient Manager daemon
  • fortiwad.exe - FortiClient WanOpt Service
  • libav.dll - Fortinet AV Engine Library (AV Engine Library)
  • fortiproxy.exe - FortiClient Proxy Server (FortiClient Proxy Service)
  • fortiskin.dll - FortiClient Skin Library
  • fortiscand.exe - FortiClient Scan Daemon (FortiClient Scan Server)
  • fortivpnst.dll - FortiClient VPN Starter
  • fortivpnst.exe
  • fortivpnst64.dll
  • ipsec.exe - FortiClient VPN Service
  • fasle.dll - Fortinet AppSig Engine
  • fcwscd7.exe - FortiClient WSC Helper
  • fcasc.exe - FortiClient Anti-spam
  • scheduler.exe - FortiClient Scheduler
  • fchelper.exe - FortiClient Helper (FortiClient System Helper)
  • forticlient.exe - FortiClient GUI (FortiClient Console)
  • fcwsc.exe - FortiClient (FortiClient Wsc Helper)
  • libvpcp.dll
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • libgmp.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • forticlish.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FortiClient' with a class of {7AE5C558-994B-40B7-8730-2DAC2B96781B}.
  • scheduler.exe runs as a service named 'FortiClient Service Scheduler' (FA_Scheduler) "FortiClient Service Scheduler".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • FortiClient.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FortiClient' which loads as C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\FortiClient.exe /minimize.
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
  • 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'.
  • fcmgr.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Fortinet\FortiClient\FCMgr.exe'.

How do I remove FortiClient Endpoint Security?

You can uninstall FortiClient Endpoint Security 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 FortiClient Endpoint Security, 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 FortiClient Endpoint Security.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.92%
Windows XP 14.58%
Windows 10 11.46%
Windows Server 2003 1.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 43.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.58%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.58%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.29%
Windows 7 Enterprise 6.25%
Windows 8.1 2.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.40% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.40%
  India 8.85%
  Austria 7.08%
  Colombia 3.54%
  Germany 3.54%
  Spain 3.54%
  Thailand 3.54%
  Mexico 2.65%
  France 2.65%
  Czech Republic 2.65%
  Argentina 2.65%
  Turkey 1.77%
  Switzerland 1.77%
  Japan 1.77%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.47%
Dell 28.57%
Acer 12.99%
Lenovo 10.39%
ASUS 2.60%
Intel 2.60%
Toshiba 2.60%
Sony 1.30%
NEC 1.30%
Common models
Dell Latitude D630 2.33%
Dell Inspiron 3421 2.33%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.33%
HP EliteBook 820 G1 2.33%
Dell Vostro 1015 2.33%
HP EliteBook 8470p 2.33%


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