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FreeAgent Pro Tools

What is FreeAgent Pro Tools?  (from Seagate Technology)

Automatically move your content to multiple locations. Share your pictures online and automatically update without even thinking about it. Automatic revisions of your content help keep you safe from goof-ups.


FreeAgent Pro Tools is a software program developed by Seagate Technology. The most common release is 1.00.0032, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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). 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 primary executable is named stxmenumgr.exe. The setup package generally installs about 115 files and is usually about 42.45 MB (44,509,222 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 91% of users of FreeAgent Pro Tools come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.seagate.com
Help link: www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/freeagent
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Seagate\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{F5A83924-6A0A-40A2-9A9C-00D876B62E7F}\setup.exe -runfromtemp -l0x0409
Estimated size: 42.45 MB

Program filesFiles installed by FreeAgent Pro Tools

Program executable:stxmenumgr.exe
Name:Seagate FreeAgent™ Application
FreeAgent™ Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\Seagate\SeagateManager\FreeAgent Status\stxmenumgr.exe
Additional files:
  • SEADRVIFNT.dll - Seagate External Drive Interface (DRVIFXX DLL)
  • STXDEVIF.dll
  • FreeAgentLauncher.exe
  • DiscApi.dll - DiscAPI Dynamic Link Library
  • MaxBackServiceInt.exe - MaxBackServiceInt Module
  • freeagent.exe - Seagate FreeAgent Tools
  • seaeng.dll - english.dll
  • seafra.dll - French.dll
  • seager.dll - German dll
  • seaita.dll - Italian DLL
  • seasch.dll - Simplified Chinese DLL
  • seaspa.dll - SPANISH DLL
  • seatch.dll - Traditional Chinese DLL
  • SeaToolsforWindows.exe - SeaTools for Windows
  • SeaToolsforWindows.resources.dll
  • France.dll - Seagate Application (MFC DLL)
  • German.dll
  • Italian.dll
  • schinese.dll
  • Spanish.dll
  • tchinese.dll
  • DiscWizard.exe - Seagate DiscWizard
  • DiscWizardMonitor.exe - Seagate DiscWizard Monitor
  • mfcBP.dll - Seagate AutoUpdate
  • mfcDE.dll
  • mfcES.dll
  • mfcFR.dll
  • mfcIT.dll
  • mfcJP.dll
  • mfcKO.dll
  • mfcRU.dll
  • mfcSCH.dll
  • mfcTCH.dll
  • tishell.dll - Seagate DiscWizard Shell Extensions
  • tishell32.dll
  • tishell64.dll
  • UpdateCheck.exe - Seagate Toaster Application
  • animation.exe - Seagate Manager (Seagate Manager Demo Presentation)
  • smbpo.dll - Brazilian Portuguese dll
  • smfra.dll - French dll
  • smger.dll
  • smita.dll - Italian dll
  • stxmanager.exe
  • Seagate_Manager.exe - Seagate Manag (Setup Launcher)
  • SpawnCLR.dll - SpawnCLR (Spawn Support)
  • stxcon.exe - stxcon
  • StxMenu.dll
  • FreeAgentService.exe - Sync (Sync Windows Services)
  • MaxSync.exe - Sync Application Software
  • synconf.dll - Sync API DLL
  • synconv.dll - Sync Version Converter DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • tishell64.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {C539A15A-3AF9-4c92-B771-50CB78F5C751}.
  • tishell.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {C539A15A-3AF9-4c92-B771-50CB78F5C751}.
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • freeagent.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{41A0D491-A932-458B-923C-382665719C50}' (runs on registration).
  • SeaToolsforWindows.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AB03CEC3-73DA-436F-B71F-1AADA0AD3CBF}' (runs on registration).
  • stxmanager.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{83F9B457-DEB1-4CA3-9C89-D8C8B38C964B}' (runs on registration).
  • stxmenumgr.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B124766E-205A-4CC0-A705-45541C3E2FD5}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • StxMenuMgr.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named FreeAgentLauncher.
  • FreeAgentService.exe runs as a service named 'Seagate Service' (FreeAgentGoNext Service) "Seagate Service".
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • StxMenuMgr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'StxTrayMenu' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Seagate\SystemTray\StxMenuMgr.exe".
  • FreeAgentLauncher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'StxTrayMenu' which loads as C:\Program Files\Seagate\SystemTray\FreeAgentLauncher.exe C:\Program Files\Seagate\SystemTray\StxMenuMgr.exe.
  • DiscWizardMonitor.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'DiscWizardMonitor.exe' which loads as C:\Program Files\Seagate\DiscWizard\DiscWizardMonitor.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • StxMenuMgr.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Seagate\SystemTray\StxMenuMgr.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.91 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001278661%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00005574%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00007212%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:10 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:2.89 MB
Total CPU:0.0054856957%
Kernel CPU:0.00261703%
User CPU:0.00286867%
CPU cycles/sec:3,901,181
I/O reads/min:12.41 KB
I/O writes/min:480 Bytes
Memory:4.77 MB
Total CPU:0.0062779041%
Kernel CPU:0.00484670%
User CPU:0.00143121%

How do I remove FreeAgent Pro Tools?

You can uninstall FreeAgent Pro Tools 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 FreeAgent Pro Tools, 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 FreeAgent Pro Tools.

Win 7 (SP1) 34%
Win Vista 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 34.45%
Windows 10 26.89%
Windows Vista 21.01%
Windows XP 17.65%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.73%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 19.49%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.95%
Windows 10 Home 15.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.78%
Windows 10 Pro 4.24%

Distribution by countryGeography

90.58% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 90.58%
  Germany 2.09%
  Canada 1.57%
  France 1.05%
  Australia 1.05%
  Mexico 1.05%
  Latvia 0.52%
  New Zealand 0.52%
  Romania 0.52%
  China 0.52%
  Poland 0.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.89%
Dell 33.68%
Acer 10.53%
American Megatrends 3.16%
Gateway 3.16%
Lenovo 3.16%
Sahara 2.11%
MSI 1.05%
Toshiba 1.05%
Sony 1.05%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 10.53%
ASUSTek Computer INC. P5L... 1.75%
Dell Computer OptiPlex GX... 1.75%
Dell Dimension 8400 ... 1.75%
Dell Dell XPS420 1.75%
Dell Inspiron 530 1.75%

About Seagate Technology

Seagate is a manufacturer of hard disk drives and has been a leader in the development of the hard disk drives since releasing the first 5.25-inch hard drive.
Publisher URL: www.seagate.com


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