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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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United States Rank #49,520
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VersionDistribution 36.36% 13.64% 18.18% 9.09% 18.18% 4.55%

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Nessus is a software program developed by Tenable Network Security. The most common release is, 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. The setup package generally installs about 23 files and is usually about 14.94 MB (15,664,914 bytes). The program is built using the Nokia Qt cross-platforms native C++ framework. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 52% of users of Nessus come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Spain.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.tenablesecurity.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{736993F9-99FC-4890-AEAE-F3D631794C65}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 14.94 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Nessus

  • nasl.exe - Nessus
  • nessus.exe
  • nessus-adduser.exe
  • nessus-admin.exe
  • nessus-chpasswd.exe
  • nessuscmd.exe
  • nessusd.exe
  • nessus-fetch.exe
  • nessus-libraries.dll
  • nessus-mkcert.exe
  • nessus-mkcert-client.exe
  • nessus-rmuser.exe
  • nessus-service.exe
  • nessussvrmanager.exe
  • nessus-update-plugins.exe
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • pssdk.dll (by microOLAP Technologies LTD) - Packet Sniffer SDK (Packet Sniffer SDK v4.2 32bit)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • QtCore4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • QtGui4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies))
  • QtXml4.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • nessus-service.exe runs as a service named 'Tenable Nessus' (Tenable Nessus) "Tenable Nessus Network Security Scanner".

How do I remove Nessus?

Quickly and completely remove Nessus from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Nessus 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 Nessus, 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 Nessus.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win Vista (SP2) 5%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.64%
Windows XP 22.73%
Windows 8 9.09%
Windows Vista 4.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 31.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 22.73%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.18%
Windows 7 Professional 9.09%
Windows 8.1 Pro 9.09%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.61% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.61%
  France 9.68%
  Spain 9.68%
  MA 6.45%
  Italy 6.45%
  Brazil 3.23%
  Finland 3.23%
  Japan 3.23%
  Turkey 3.23%
  Saudi Arabia 3.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 40.00%
Samsung 10.00%
Toshiba 10.00%
Acer 10.00%
Compaq 5.00%
NEC 5.00%
Dell 5.00%
Sony 5.00%
American Megatrends 5.00%
ASUS 5.00%
Common models
HP G62 Notebook PC 10.53%
Samsung RV411/RV511/E3511... 5.26%
Dell Dell DM051 5.26%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.26%
ASUSTeK U41JF 5.26%
HP 620 5.26%


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