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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 #9,109
United States Rank #8,344
Reach 0.0484%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.79 days
318.42 days >
Average installed length: 167.31 days


VersionDistribution 52.14% 4.71% 0.44% 0.15% 18.70% 12.08% 9.28% 2.06% 0.44%

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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?

Quickly and completely remove NETGEAR Powerline Utility from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, 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: 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: 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) 65%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.83%
Windows 8 25.63%
Windows Vista 5.45%
Windows XP 3.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.41%
Windows 7 Professional 16.49%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.90%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.86%
Windows 8.1 4.71%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.23%
  France 10.66%
  United Kingdom 10.29%
  Germany 8.80%
  Italy 5.95%
  Australia 4.21%
  Belgium 1.86%
  Austria 1.73%
  Canada 1.61%
  Sweden 1.49%
  Netherlands 1.24%
  Mexico 0.99%
  Norway 0.87%
  DK 0.74%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.98%
Dell 25.81%
Acer 12.02%
ASUS 7.92%
Toshiba 5.28%
Samsung 4.99%
Medion 3.23%
Intel 2.05%
American Megatrends 1.47%
Lenovo 1.47%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.44%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.89%
Dell XPS 8300 3.89%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.89%
Dell Studio XPS 435MT 3.33%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.22%


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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