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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,176
United States Rank #4,246
Reach 0.1283%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.39 days
572.02 days >
Average installed length: 300.55 days


VersionDistribution 51.84% 31.24% 3.68% 0.63% 0.16% 0.75% 0.04% 6.05% 1.98% 0.08% 0.08% 0.20% 3.28%

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Norton Ghost

What is Norton Ghost?  (from Symantec)

Norton Ghost provides professional grade backup and recovery--quickly restore after system failures and recover lost or damaged files. Backup to almost any media, including CD-R/RW and DVD+/-R/RW drives, USB and FireWire devices, network drives, and more. Offsite backup copies recovery points to a FTP site for easier o...  Read more


Norton Ghost is a software program developed by Symantec. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named NGH150_AllWin_SpanishTryBuy30.exe. The setup package generally installs about 113 files and is usually about 490.78 KB (502,556 bytes). 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 45% of users of Norton Ghost come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.symantec.com
Help link: www.symantec.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Norton Ghost\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{B0255743-165B-4BD5-8DA8-37DFB9930015}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 490.78 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Norton Ghost

Program executable:NGH150_AllWin_SpanishTryBuy30.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Norton Ghost\NGH150_AllWin_SpanishTryBuy30.exe
Additional files:
  • GenericMountHelper.exe - Symantec GenericMount Framework Development Edition (Symantec Generic Mount Service)
  • GenericMountHelperx64.exe
  • GenericMountService.exe
  • Installamd64.exe - Symantec Driver Install Utility Development Edition (Symantec driver install utility)
  • interop.SymSnapService.dll - Symantec SymSnap Components Development Edition (Interop Assembly)
  • SymsnapEventx64.dll - Event Notification Module
  • SymSnapProviderx64.dll - Symantec vss provider
  • SymSnapServicex64.exe - Symantec Snapshot Service
  • VSS_2003.dll - Symantec vss requestor
  • VSS_x64.dll
  • VSS_XP.dll
  • VssProviderInstallx64.exe - Symantec Vss Provider install
  • SupportGather.exe - Symantec Backup Exec(TM) for Windows Servers (Symantec Gather Utility)
  • ComRequestor.exe - Symantec VSS Requestor Development Edition (Symantec com requestor utility)
  • ComRequestorx64.exe
  • SeaST.exe - Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (Recovery Support Tool)
  • V2iToc.dll - Virtual Volume Imaging (V2I) (Image Table of Contents Interface)
  • CreateSSOImage.exe - Storage Management Engine
  • DRIVERVALIDATION.EXE - Symantec Recovery Toolkit (DriverValidation)
  • interop.ComConfig.dll
  • ModifiableSRD.exe - Modifiable SRD
  • PartInfo.exe
  • RestoreMBR.exe
  • SmeDump.exe
  • thinset.dll - Thinset
  • V2iMountService.exe - Mount Service
  • sqlite3.dll - File Change Management (Database Module)
  • ActiveDirConfig.dll - Norton Ghost (Active Directory module)
  • BootEnvSetup.exe - LOR Command Line Setup Program
  • ConfigGenerator.dll - Config Generator module
  • dotNetBase.dll
  • EasySetupInt.dll - Support module for EasySetup wizard
  • ErrorGui.dll - ErrorGui
  • FileBackup.dll - File and folder backup and recovery
  • GDPluginRegister.exe - Google Desktop Plugin Register
  • GDSymV2i.dll - Google Desktop Plugin for V2i files
  • GDUrlLauncher.exe - Google Desktop URL launcher
  • interop.EasySetupInt.dll
  • interop.ErrorGui.dll
  • interop.EventMonitors.dll
  • interop.FileBackup.dll
  • interop.VProSvc.dll
  • SecurityConfig.exe - Security Configuration application
  • SETUP.EXE - Setup Launcher
  • SNMPTrapNotifier.dll - SNMPTrap Dynamic Link Library
  • SpnRegister.dll - SpnRegister Module
  • SymDB.exe - SymDB Module
  • V2iBrowser.exe - Recovery Point Browser
  • VProConsole_.exe - Data Objects
  • VProDirWatcher.dll - Directory Watcher Component
  • VProImaging.dll - Imaging Module
  • VProOneTouch.exe - VProOneTouch
  • VProProgress.dll - Progress and Performance dialog
  • VProShellExt64.dll - VProShellExt Module
  • VProSnap.dll - Virtual Volume Imaging COM Module
  • VProSvc.exe - Service Module
  • VProSvcPS.dll - Service Proxy-Stub Module
  • VProTray.exe - Tray Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • VProShellExt64.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {0BCE32B2-DA1B-41D7-A71F-C02A7D633CE5}.
3 Services
  • VProSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Norton Ghost' (Norton Ghost) "Administrative service for scheduling and disk imaging.".
  • SymSnapServicex64.exe runs as a service named 'SymSnapService' (SymSnapService) "Symantec Volume Snapshot Service".
  • GenericMountHelper.exe runs as a service named 'GenericMount Helper Service' (GenericMount Helper Service).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • VProTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Norton Ghost 12.0' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Norton Ghost\Agent\VProTray.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:14.33 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000747991%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002847%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004633%
0.015104% average
Memory:32.11 MB
Total CPU:0.0004736408%
Kernel CPU:0.00025974%
User CPU:0.00021390%
CPU cycles/sec:549,075
I/O reads/min:26.45 KB
I/O writes/min:76 Bytes
Memory:12.24 MB
Total CPU:0.0002965781%
Kernel CPU:0.00014759%
User CPU:0.00014898%
CPU cycles/sec:859,954
I/O reads/min:21.69 KB
I/O writes/min:25 Bytes

How do I remove Norton Ghost?

You can uninstall Norton Ghost 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 Norton Ghost, 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 Norton Ghost.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.10%
Windows XP 11.59%
Windows 10 8.70%
Windows Vista 5.58%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.29%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.86%
Windows 7 Professional 20.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.47%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.22%
Windows 10 Pro 1.79%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.75% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.75%
  Germany 7.38%
  France 4.89%
  United Kingdom 4.00%
  Italy 3.74%
  Netherlands 2.95%
  Canada 2.76%
  Spain 2.69%
  Sweden 1.84%
  Belgium 1.80%
  Iran 1.64%
  Brazil 1.57%
  Australia 1.54%
  Israel 1.48%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.23%
Hewlett-Packard 23.61%
Acer 12.43%
ASUS 8.99%
Intel 4.14%
Medion 2.50%
Samsung 1.72%
American Megatrends 1.64%
Lenovo 1.41%
Toshiba 1.33%
Sahara 0.78%
Common models
ASUS All Series 7.94%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.11%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.07%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.24%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 2.24%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.04%

About Symantec

Symantec developers security software for business and consumers and helps customers protect their computers, information, identities and infrastructure by delivering software and services that address risks to security with various products such as Norton AntiVirus, Internet security, and anti-spyware products e.
Publisher URL: www.symantec.com


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