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Should I remove NETGEAR Powerline Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,392
United States Rank #8,805
Reach 0.0397%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.92 days
381.05 days >
Average installed length: 200.21 days


VersionDistribution 55.12% 4.22% 0.90% 0.13% 17.65% 10.87% 8.57% 2.05% 0.51%

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NETGEAR Powerline Utility

What is NETGEAR Powerline Utility?

The Powerline Utility is an optional management software on PC for advanced configurations. NETGEAR Powerline products work on Win 7 independent of this utility.


The most used version is, 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 main program executable is NETGEAR_Powerline_Utility.exe. The software installer includes 23 files and is usually about 8.02 MB (8,412,411 bytes). NtgrAdapterUpdate.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.netgear.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\NETGEAR Powerline Utility\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{2753B568-6F85-4E31-A114-A7F8D8606DDD}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0407 -removeonly
Estimated size: 8.02 MB

Program filesFiles installed by NETGEAR Powerline Utility

Program executable:NETGEAR_Powerline_Utility.exe
Name:NETGEAR Powerline Utility
NETGEAR Powerline Utility.
Path:C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\NETGEAR Powerline Utility\NETGEAR_Powerline_Utility.exe
Additional files:
  • Kill process.exe - NETGEAR Powerline Utility (Setup Launcher)
  • NETGEAR_Powerline_Utility.exe - NETGEAR Powerline Utility.
  • Instdrv.exe
  • NtgrAdapterUpdate.dll - Netgear Adapter Update Interface (Adapter Update)
  • PLCLIB32.dll (by Intellon) - PCAUSA Rawether for Windows (Rawether NDIS API DLL (X86))
  • W32N55.dll (by Printing Communications Assoc., (PCAUSA)) - Rawether NDIS API DLL (x86)
  • qgifd4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • qicod4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies))
  • qjpegd4.dll
  • qmngd4.dll
  • qsvgd4.dll
  • QtCored4.dll
  • QtGuid4.dll
  • qtiffd4.dll
  • LegacyInstall.exe
  • NamePipeServer.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • NETGEAR_Powerline_Utility.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{31480BF0-6D5E-4B71-9AAE-08E3B3F5C94A}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • NETGEAR_Powerline_Utility.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\NETGEAR Powerline Utility\NETGEAR_Powerline_Utility.exe'.

How do I remove NETGEAR Powerline Utility?

You can uninstall NETGEAR Powerline Utility 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 NETGEAR Powerline Utility, 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 NETGEAR Powerline Utility.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.36%
Windows 10 31.84%
Windows Vista 4.99%
Windows XP 2.81%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.40%
Windows 7 Professional 14.89%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.27%
Windows 10 Home 8.73%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.78%
Windows 10 Pro 5.01%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.46%
  France 10.17%
  United Kingdom 9.64%
  Germany 8.16%
  Italy 6.36%
  Australia 3.92%
  Austria 1.80%
  Belgium 1.69%
  Canada 1.38%
  Netherlands 1.38%
  Sweden 1.27%
  Norway 1.06%
  Mexico 0.85%
  Switzerland 0.74%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.89%
Hewlett-Packard 26.89%
Acer 11.49%
ASUS 7.83%
Toshiba 5.22%
Samsung 3.66%
Medion 3.66%
Intel 1.83%
Lenovo 1.83%
American Megatrends 1.31%
Common models
ASUS All Series 6.37%
Dell XPS 8300 4.41%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.92%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.92%
Dell Studio XPS 435MT 2.94%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.45%


Netgear is amanufacturer of computer networking equipment and other computer hardware and sells products through multiple sales channels worldwide, including online retailers, wholesale distributors, direct market resellers, value-added resellers and broadband service providers.
Publisher URL: www.netgear.com


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