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Should I remove GNU Privacy Guard?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,642
United States Rank #15,403
Reach 0.0287%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.60 days
519.18 days >
Average installed length: 272.79 days


1.4.19 1.00%
1.4.18 1.74%
1.4.17 0.25%
1.4.15 0.75%
1.4.14 7.21%
1.4.13 6.47%
1.4.12 2.24%
1.4.11 14.43%
1.4.10 30.85%
1.4.9 23.88%
1.4.8 1.49%
1.4.7 1.74%
1.4.6 2.99%
1.4.5 0.25%
1.4.3 3.98%
1.4.2 0.50%
1.4.1 0.25%

GNU Privacy Guard


GNU Privacy Guard is a software program developed by Free Software Foundation. The most common release is 1.4.10, 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 gpg.exe. The setup package generally installs about 115 files and is usually about 5.85 MB (6,136,378 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 28% of users of GNU Privacy Guard come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.gnupg.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\GNU\GnuPG
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\GNU\GnuPG\uninst-gnupg.exe"
Estimated size: 5.85 MB

Program filesFiles installed by GNU Privacy Guard

Program executable:gpg.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\gnu\gnupg\gpg.exe
Additional files:
  • iconv.dll - libiconv: character set conversion library (LGPLed libiconv for Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows 95/98/ME)
  • intl.dll - libintl: accessing NLS message catalogs (LGPLed libintl for Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows 95/98/ME)
  • uninst-gnupg.exe - GNU Privacy Guard (1.4.12) (GnuPG: Encryption and digital signature tool)
  • gnupg-w32cli-1.4.7.exe - GNU Privacy Guard (1.4.7)
  • gpg4win-uninstall.exe (by g10 Code GmbH) - GPG4Win (2.1.1-34299-beta) (Gpg4win: The GNU Privacy Guard and Tools for Windows)
  • gpg2.exe (by g10 Code GmbH)
  • gpg-agent.exe
  • gpg-connect-agent.exe
  • gpgsm.exe
  • gpgv2.exe
  • gpgex.dll - GpgEX (GpgEX - GnuPG shell extensions)
  • gpgol.dll - GpgOL (GpgOL - GnuPG plugin for Outlook)
  • gpa.exe - GPA (GPA - GnuPG Privacy Assistant)
  • dbus-launch.exe
  • dbus-monitor.exe
  • dbus-send.exe
  • dirmngr.exe
  • dirmngr_ldap.exe
  • dirmngr-client.exe
  • freetype6.dll
  • gdbus.exe
  • gdk-pixbuf-pixdata.exe
  • gdk-pixbuf-query-loaders.exe
  • gio-querymodules.exe
  • glib-compile-resources.exe
  • glib-compile-schemas.exe
  • glib-genmarshal.exe
  • gobject-query.exe
  • gpg2keys_curl.exe
  • gpg2keys_finger.exe
  • gpg2keys_hkp.exe
  • gpg2keys_kdns.exe
  • gpg2keys_ldap.exe
  • gpgconf.exe
  • gpg-error.exe
  • gpgkeys_curl.exe
  • gpgkeys_finger.exe
  • gpgkeys_hkp.exe
  • gpgkeys_ldap.exe
  • gpgme-w32spawn.exe
  • gpg-preset-passphrase.exe
  • gpg-protect-tool.exe
  • gpgsplit.exe
  • gpgtar.exe
  • gpgv.exe
  • gresource.exe
  • gspawn-win32-helper.exe
  • gspawn-win32-helper-console.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • gpgex.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'GpgEX' with a class of {CCD955E4-5C16-4A33-AFDA-A8947A94946B}.
Scheduled Task
  • gpg2.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EB34D81E-0FB8-4E92-9880-2C68775798FE}' (runs on registration).
  • dirmngr.exe runs as a service named 'DirMngr' (DirMngr).

How do I remove GNU Privacy Guard?

Quickly and completely remove GNU Privacy Guard from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall GNU Privacy Guard 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program GNU Privacy Guard, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 GNU Privacy Guard.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.92%
Windows 8 13.43%
Windows XP 12.19%
Windows Vista 8.46%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.32%
Windows 7 Professional 16.79%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.04%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.03%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.52%
Windows 8.1 3.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

27.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 27.55%
  Germany 25.69%
  France 8.33%
  United Kingdom 8.10%
  Italy 3.24%
  Canada 2.08%
  Austria 1.85%
  Spain 1.62%
  Japan 1.39%
  MA 1.16%
  Russia 1.16%
  Switzerland 1.16%
  Brazil 0.93%
  Netherlands 0.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.94%
Hewlett-Packard 20.66%
Acer 16.43%
ASUS 8.92%
Lenovo 4.23%
American Megatrends 3.29%
Intel 3.29%
Toshiba 2.82%
Sahara 1.88%
Samsung 1.88%
Medion 0.94%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.17%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.50%
Acer Aspire V3-771 2.50%
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H 2.50%
Acer Aspire M7721 1.67%
Dell Latitude E6520 1.67%


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