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Should I remove IBM Access Connections?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
22% remove it78% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #41,769
United States Rank #47,027
Reach 0.0022%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 54.20 days
347.81 days >
Average installed length: 182.75 days


3.72 2.27%
3.71 38.64%
3.53 11.36%
3.30 25.00%
3.10 6.82%

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IBM Access Connections

What is IBM Access Connections?  (from IBM)

ThinkVantage Access Connections is a connectivity assistant program for your ThinkPad computer. It enables you to quickly switch the network settings and Internet settings by selecting a location profile. You can define the network settings and Internet settings in the Location Profile for modem/wired LAN/Wireless LAN ...  Read more


IBM Access Connections is a program developed by IBM. The most used version is 3.71, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The main program executable is qcwizard.exe. The software installer includes 18 files and is usually about 13.09 MB (13,729,150 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 36% of users of IBM Access Connections come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pc.ibm.com/us/think/thinkvantagetech/accessconnections.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\engine\6\INTEL3~1\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{22B71A00-4DED-
Estimated size: 13.09 MB

Program filesFiles installed by IBM Access Connections

Program executable:qcwizard.exe
Name:IBM ThinkPad Utility
IBM Access Connections
Path:C:\Program Files\thinkpad\connectutilities\qcwizard.exe
Additional files:
  • MerlinC201.dll (by Novatel Wireless) - Novatel Wireless Inc. MerlinC201 (MerlinC201)
  • BCON.DLL - BCON Dinamic Link Library (Bluetooth support module for AccessConnection)
  • ANC.dll - IBM Access Connections (IBM Access Connections - ANC)
  • ANCA.dll
  • QCON.DLL - IBM ThinkPad Utility (IBM Access Connections - Core DLL.)
  • QCTRAY.EXE - IBM Access Connections - Taskbar Application.
  • QCWLICON.EXE - IBM Access Connections - Wireless Status Icon.
  • TpFnF5C.exe - IBM Access Connections - OnScreen Menu
  • ClntCln.exe - ClntCln Application (ClntCln MFC Application)
  • ClymerWrap.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • QCTRAY.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'QCTRAY' which loads as C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\QCTRAY.EXE.
  • QCWLICON.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'QCWLICON' which loads as C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\QCWLICON.EXE.

How do I remove IBM Access Connections?

You can uninstall IBM Access Connections 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 IBM Access Connections, 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 IBM Access Connections.

Win XP 93%
Win 7 (SP1) 7%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 22%
Keep it 78%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 93.18%
Windows 7 6.82%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.56% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.56%
  Germany 17.78%
  France 8.89%
  Poland 6.67%
  Japan 4.44%
  Israel 4.44%
  Canada 4.44%
  Italy 4.44%
  Brazil 2.22%
  Thailand 2.22%
  Taiwan 2.22%
  Belgium 2.22%
  Spain 2.22%
  DK 2.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 60.00%
Toshiba 30.00%
Sahara 10.00%
Common models
IBM 2373W5N 8.11%
LENOVO 07612BU 5.41%
IBM 1834BWG 5.41%
LENOVO 200893G 2.70%
LENOVO 1706A37 2.70%
IBM 2668GEU 2.70%

About IBM

International Business Machines (IBM) manufactures computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.
Publisher URL: www.ibm.com


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