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What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,927
United States Rank #7,519
Reach 0.0512%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.46 days
573.93 days >
Average installed length: 301.56 days


v2.7.9 99.60%
v2.7.8 0.40%

Gizmo Central

What is Gizmo Central?  (from Arainia Solutions)

Gizmo Central is a unified set of utilities designed for powers users. Included with this free suite of tools are some essential features that make your daily computational chores a little bit easier and a lot more fun. Gizmo allows you to mount ISO, VHD, and BIN images to a virtual CD-ROM device. You can create encryp...  Read more


Gizmo Central is a program developed by Arainia Solutions. The most used version is v2.7.9, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 main program executable is gdirector.exe. The software installer includes 24 files and is usually about 8 MB (8,392,857 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 47% of users of Gizmo Central come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: arainia.com/software/gizmo
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\gizmo
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Gizmo\gdirector.exe" /Uninstall
Estimated size: 8 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Gizmo Central

Program executable:gdirector.exe
Name:Gizmo Director
Path:C:\Program Files\gizmo\gdirector.exe
Additional files:
  • ggui.dll - Gizmo Village UI Module
  • grender.dll - Gizmo Rendering Module
  • gservice.exe - Gizmo Central Service
  • ghook.dll - Gizmo Hook Module
  • gizmo.exe - Gizmo Central
  • glauncher-x64.exe - Gizmo Launcher (x64)
  • gvillage.dll
  • gimage.dll - Gizmo Image Module
  • gshell.dll - Gizmo Shell Module
  • gshell-x64.dll
  • gdatabase.dll - Gizmo Database (Query Analyzer and stored procedure analyzer)
  • gmanager.dll - Gizmo Manager
  • geditor.dll - Gizmo Editor (Colorizing text editor and hex/binary editor)
  • ghash.dll - Gizmo Hasher (Calculate hash values for files, folders, and drives)
  • gscript.dll - Gizmo Script (Automate your PC and execute functions using script)
  • gdrive.dll - Gizmo Drive (Mount ISOs, encrypted hard drive images to a virtual drive)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • gshell-x64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'GizmoShellMenuExt' with a class of {AF859436-B9BD-4154-B594-2B8D1F4295A6}.
  • gshell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'GizmoShellMenuExt' with a class of {AF859436-B9BD-4154-B594-2B8D1F4295A6}.
Scheduled Task
  • gizmo.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{35BEBFB8-91A9-4221-BFC9-11A5ADED777B}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • gizmo.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named GizmoDriveDelegate_Reg_HKCURun_S-1-5-21-3724272251-227514285-976241427-1001.
  • gservice.exe runs as a service named 'Gizmo Central' (Gizmo Central) "Provides an infrastructure for Gizmo Central to seemlessly process Device Driver Communication and authorization".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • gizmo.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Gizmo Central' and executes as C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\Gizmo\gizmo.exe.
  • gdrive.dll is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'GizmoDriveDelegate' and executes as RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Program Files2\GIZMO\GDRIVE.DLL,Remount_Startup_Images.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.23 MB
21.09 MB average
User CPU:0.00000138%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:42,320
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:128 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Gizmo Central?

You can uninstall Gizmo Central 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 Gizmo Central, 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 Gizmo Central.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.92%
Windows 10 28.54%
Windows XP 5.35%
Windows Vista 1.98%
Windows Server 2003 0.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.31%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.43%
Windows 7 Professional 17.63%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.38%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.28%
Windows 10 Home 5.18%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.44% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.44%
  Germany 6.61%
  United Kingdom 4.38%
  Italy 4.05%
  Canada 3.88%
  Netherlands 2.31%
  France 2.23%
  Australia 1.82%
  Sweden 1.49%
  India 1.40%
  Brazil 1.32%
  Romania 0.99%
  South Africa 0.83%
  Mexico 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.69%
Dell 21.83%
Acer 14.18%
ASUS 11.94%
Lenovo 5.22%
Toshiba 4.48%
Samsung 4.10%
Intel 1.49%
Sahara 1.31%
Apple 1.12%
American Megatrends 0.75%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.78%
ASUS All Series 2.52%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.52%
Acer Aspire 5750 1.68%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 1.68%
Dell Inspiron 7720 1.68%


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