84,488,480 programs installed

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?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #3,208
United States Rank #5,298
Reach 0.1789%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.81 days
407.50 days >
Average installed length: 214.11 days

Foxit Reader

What is Foxit Reader?  (from Foxit)

Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows the user to open, view, and print any PDF file. Foxit PDF Reader includes features like annotations, forms filling, highlighting text, and the ability to add text to PDF documents.


Foxit Reader is a program developed by Foxit. 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. The main program executable is foxit reader.exe. The software installer includes 22 files and is usually about 7.14 MB (7,484,926 bytes). Foxit Updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 26% of users of Foxit Reader come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.foxitsoftware.com/?Language=en
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\foxit software\foxit reader
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Foxit Reader\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 7.14 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Foxit Reader

Program executable:foxit reader.exe
Name:Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader, Best Reader for Everyday Use!
Path:C:\Program Files\foxit software\foxit reader\foxit reader.exe
Additional files:
  • IFilterEngine1.dll - Foxit PDF IFilter Pro
  • PDFFilt.dll
  • UninstallPrint.exe - FoxitTool Application
  • Foxit Updater.exe - Foxit Updater
  • FoxitReader.exe - Foxit Reader (Foxit Reader 5.4, Best Reader for Everyday Use!)
  • FoxitReaderOCX.ocx - FoxitPDFOCX ActiveX Control Module
  • npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll - Foxit Reader Plugin for Mozilla (Foxit Reader Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape)
  • fxdecod1.dll - Foxit Reader Addon: JBIG2/JPEG2000 Decoder
  • Uninstall.exe - Foxit Reader Uninstall (Uninstall for Foxit Reader)
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • UnInstallPDFReaderPlugin.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@foxitsoftware.com/Foxit Reader Plugin,version=1.0,application/pdf' with a plugin key of '@foxitsoftware.com/Foxit Reader Plugin,version=1.0,application/pdf' for all users of the PC.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Foxit Reader.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E9ACDCCE-FAAF-4725-BB8E-3D95FA5FC27E}' (runs on registration).
  • unins000.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4BE889B0-8F6C-44AE-AC94-AB8A70B3680D}' (runs on registration).
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Foxit Reader.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files1\FOXITS~1\FOXITR~1\FOXITR~1.EXE'.
  • Foxit Updater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\Foxit Updater.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Foxit Updater.exe
Memory:5.87 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0559943519%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.03198863%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.02400573%
0.015104% average

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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Foxit Reader you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 41%
Win XP 0%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.52%
Windows XP 25.62%
Windows 10 16.31%
Windows Vista 6.50%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.81%
Microsoft Windows XP 25.55%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.75%
Windows 7 Professional 9.43%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.60%
Windows 8.1 3.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 26.28%
  Brazil 6.70%
  Germany 5.11%
  MA 3.72%
  United Kingdom 3.46%
  Italy 2.87%
  France 2.61%
  Russia 2.61%
  Canada 2.26%
  Iran 2.23%
  DZ 2.15%
  Thailand 2.07%
  Poland 2.02%
  Vietnam 1.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.02%
Dell 21.67%
Acer 17.98%
ASUS 6.87%
Intel 4.60%
Lenovo 4.49%
American Megatrends 3.64%
Samsung 3.08%
Sahara 1.97%
Toshiba 0.91%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.40%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.14%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.98%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.35%
LENOVO 20236 2.35%

About Foxit

Foxit Corporation focuses on providing application solutions for reading, generating, organizing, and securing PDF documents.
Publisher URL: www.foxitsoftware.com

comments2 comments

user comment
user comment
flukeover a year ago
foxit have gone to the dark side and have a lot of spy programs installed on my computer.
expert comment
Bob (Expert)over a year ago
FoxIt PDF reader is well liked and highly rated among users. It is lighter, faster, and less intrusive than Adobe reader. There is no reason to downgrade it.