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Should I remove Free Opener?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,111
United States Rank #2,947
Reach 0.1865%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.33 days
747.37 days >
Average installed length: 392.69 days


1.4 80.90%
1.0 19.10%

Free Opener

What is Free Opener?

Installs additional adware - "Clicking this download button begins installation of InstallIQ, which manages your Free Opener installation. Additional software may be offered to you via opt-in ads during the installation process."

Used the InstallCore app blunder to include adware offers during install.

About  (from EZ Freeware,)

Open different file types on your computer. Open Microsoft Office documents, Adobe PDF Files, and many other image, movie, and music file types. No specialty software is required to open any of these file formats. With Free Opener, once you download the software, you no longer have to worry about opening files again. O...  Read more


The most common release is 1.4, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named FreeOpener.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 53 files and is usually about 37.32 MB (39,129,715 bytes).
  • Delivers various 'optional' bundled software during install
Free Opener has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: EZ Freeware
URL: www.freeopener.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Free Opener\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Free Opener\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 37.32 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Free Opener

Program executable:FreeOpener.exe
Name:Free Opener
Path:C:\Program Files\Free Opener\FreeOpener.exe
Additional files:
  • Interop.ShockwaveFlashObjects.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'ShockwaveFlashObjects'.
  • DevExpress.SpellChecker.v11.1.Core.dll (by Developer Express) - XtraSpellChecker(tm) SUITE SOFTWARE COMPONENT PRODUCT (DevExpress.SpellChecker.Core)
  • DevExpress.RichEdit.v11.1.Core.dll (by Developer Express) - XtraRichEdit(tm) SUITE SOFTWARE COMPONENT PRODUCT (DevExpress.RichEdit.Core)
  • DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.XtraRichEdit
  • DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.v11.1.Extensions.dll - DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.Extensions
  • DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.v11.1.Printing.dll - DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.Printing
  • Interop.WMPLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WMPLib'.
  • UniversalFileOpener.Views.Message.dll - UniversalFileOpener.Views.Message
  • DevExpress.XtraBars.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.XtraBars.Design (DevExpress.XtraBars)
  • UniversalFileOpener.Views.dll - UniversalFileOpener.Views
  • DevExpress.Printing.v11.1.Core.dll - DevExpress.Printing.Core
  • DevExpress.XtraPrinting.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.XtraPrinting
  • DevExpress.XtraTreeList.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.XtraTreeList
  • Aspose.Slides.dll (by Aspose) - Aspose.Slides for .NET (Aspose.Slides for .NET 3.5 Client Profile)
  • DevExpress.OfficeSkins.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.OfficeSkins
  • DevExpress.XtraEditors.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.XtraEditors
  • DevExpress.XtraGrid.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.XtraGrid
  • SetPreferredFilter.exe - SetPreferredFilter
  • DevExpress.Utils.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.Utils
  • DevExpress.Data.v11.1.dll - DevExpress.Data
  • O2S.Components.PDFRender4NET.dll (by O2 Solutions (http://www.o2sol.com/)) - PDFRender4NET (Print and convert PDF files to images.)
  • ObjectManager.dll - ObjectManager
  • FreeOpener.exe - Free Opener
  • O2S.Components.PDFView4NET.dll (by O2 Solutions (http://www.o2sol.com/)) - PDFView4NET (Display PDF files in WPF applications.)
  • AxInterop.ShockwaveFlashObjects.dll
  • AxInterop.WMPLib.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • FreeOpener.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D5D1939D-D221-4586-90F4-089A534DF3B0}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • FreeOpener.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Free Opener\FreeOpener.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:125.43 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.7275454044%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.55862288%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.16892253%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Free Opener?

You can uninstall Free Opener 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 Free Opener, 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 Free Opener.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.22%
Windows 10 14.46%
Windows XP 9.35%
Windows Vista 6.96%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.69%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.03%
Windows 7 Professional 10.49%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.31%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.12%
Windows 10 Home 3.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.21% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.21%
  United Kingdom 4.64%
  Germany 4.28%
  Italy 3.91%
  Belgium 3.89%
  Canada 3.29%
  Australia 2.45%
  France 1.74%
  Netherlands 1.72%
  MA 1.63%
  Israel 1.15%
  India 1.06%
  Sweden 0.99%
  Spain 0.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.95%
Dell 26.25%
Acer 15.85%
Toshiba 7.81%
ASUS 5.90%
Intel 2.93%
Samsung 2.70%
Lenovo 2.46%
American Megatrends 1.39%
Sahara 1.39%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.23%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.11%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.11%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.69%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.32%
Dell XPS 8300 2.20%


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