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Should I remove Foxit Reader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #442
United States Rank #513
Reach 1.4323%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.68 days
344.49 days >
Average installed length: 181.00 days


VersionDistribution 0.16% 0.06% 0.04% 0.00% 0.03% 0.01% 0.04% 0.04% 1.26% 4.35% 1.35% 0.65% 0.54% 2.60% 2.59% 2.25% 0.69% 0.36% 1.22% 1.17% 3.48% 0.13% 2.05% 2.81% 4.62% 3.49% 4.28% 3.37% 4.29% 6.65% 9.15% 0.00% 5.10% 2.41% 6.44% 13.05% 9.28%

Typically installed together

Foxit Reader


Foxit Reader is a software program developed by Foxit Software. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 primary executable is named foxitreader.exe. The setup package generally installs about 91 files and is usually about 104.85 MB (109,947,394 bytes). The installed file FoxitUpdater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 45% of users of Foxit Reader come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.foxitsoftware.com
Help link: www.foxitsoftware.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 104.85 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Foxit Reader

Program executable:foxitreader.exe
Name:Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader 7.0, Best Reader for Everyday Use!
Path:C:\Program Files\foxit software\foxit reader\foxitreader.exe
Additional files:
  • LocalService.dll - Foxit ConnectedPDF Local Windows Service interface (Foxit Reader ConnectedPDF Local Windows Service interface.)
  • ServiceMiniNotice.exe - Foxit ConnectedPDF Popup Notice Windows. (Foxit Reader ConnectedPDF Popup Notice Windows.)
  • FPCSDK.dll - Foxit ConnectedPDF Platform Library.
  • FPCSDK64.dll
  • FoxitConnectedPDFService.exe - Foxit ConnectedPDF Windows Service. (Foxit Reader ConnectedPDF Windows Service.)
  • Activation.exe - Foxit Reader Activation
  • TrackReview.exe - Foxit Track Review (Track Review)
  • 64BitMailAgent.exe - 64Bit MAPI Mail Agent
  • FXC_ProxyProcess.exe - Foxit PDF Printer: Reliable, Affordable, Efficient (Foxit PDF Printer: Save file)
  • FPDFRMS.dll - Foxit RMS PDF Protection tool x86 (Protect Sensitive PDF Documents)
  • ConvertToPDFShellExtension_x64.dll - ConvertToPDFShellExtension
  • FoxitPrinterPlugin_x64.dll - FoxitPrinterPlugin.dll (Foxit PDF Printer: Printer Plugin)
  • FoxitPrinterPlugin_x86.dll
  • RMSEncryption.dll - Creator RMS Encryption
  • ConvertToPDF_x64.dll - Foxit PDF Convertor
  • ConvertToPDF_x86.dll
  • HttpCallWebService.dll - HttpCallWebService (Use WinHttp Call WebService Interface)
  • UninstallPrint.exe - FoxitTool Application
  • SendCrashReport.exe - SendCrashReport
  • FoxitUpdater.exe - Foxit Updater
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • unins001.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ConvertToPDFShellExtension_x64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Foxit_ConvertToPDF_Reader' with a class of {A94757A0-0226-426F-B4F1-4DF381C630D3}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FoxitReader.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B54BCD3A-F2B4-417F-831D-28F9BAD4D703}' (runs on registration).
  • unins000.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C20C40EB-04D3-4FC3-8910-7DFFF912CAFA}' (runs on registration).
  • FoxitConnectedPDFService.exe runs as a service named 'FoxitReaderService' (FoxitReaderService) "FoxitReaderService".

How do I remove Foxit Reader?

You can uninstall Foxit Reader 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 Foxit Reader, 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 Foxit Reader.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 55.60%
Windows 7 40.66%
Windows XP 2.13%
Windows Vista 1.60%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 19.26%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.88%
Windows 10 Pro 13.77%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.65%
Windows 7 Professional 10.89%
Windows 8.1 7.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.06% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.06%
  Germany 6.87%
  United Kingdom 5.02%
  Italy 3.60%
  France 3.52%
  Netherlands 2.72%
  Brazil 2.46%
  Canada 2.23%
  Australia 1.51%
  India 1.50%
  Spain 1.27%
  DZ 1.09%
  MA 0.98%
  Vietnam 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.29%
Dell 20.97%
Acer 17.03%
ASUS 12.93%
Lenovo 8.22%
Toshiba 4.53%
Samsung 3.46%
Intel 1.28%
Medion 0.90%
MSI 0.86%
Common models
ASUS All Series 10.43%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.00%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.77%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.16%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.56%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.54%


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