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Should I remove OpenSSH for Windows?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,037
United States Rank #17,847
Reach 0.0135%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 0.62 days
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Average installed length: 9.65 days

OpenSSH for Windows


OpenSSH for Windows is a software program developed by Michael Johnson. 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 30 files and is usually about 4.83 MB (5,066,667 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 40% of users of OpenSSH for Windows come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: sshwindows.sourceforge.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\openssh
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\OpenSSH\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 4.83 MB

Program filesFiles installed by OpenSSH for Windows

  • cygwin1.dll (by Red Hat) - Cygwin (Cygwin® POSIX Emulation DLL)
  • cygintl-2.dll
  • chmod.exe
  • chown.exe
  • cygcrypto-0.9.7.dll
  • cygiconv-2.dll
  • cygminires.dll
  • cygrunsrv.exe
  • cygz.dll
  • false.exe
  • last.exe
  • ls.exe
  • mkdir.exe
  • mkgroup.exe
  • mkpasswd.exe
  • mpcci_switch.exe (by Fraunhofer SCAI) - MpCCI on XP/5.1 SP2, x86/32 bit (OpenSSH switch replacement for MpCCI)
  • rm.exe
  • scp.exe
  • sftp.exe
  • sftp-server.exe
  • sh.exe
  • ssh.exe
  • ssh-add.exe
  • ssh-agent.exe
  • sshd.exe
  • ssh-keygen.exe
  • ssh-keyscan.exe
  • ssh-keysign.exe
  • switch.exe
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • cygrunsrv.exe runs as a service named 'OpenSSH Server' (OpenSSHd).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.37 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000007578%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00000038%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000038%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:2.18 MB
Total CPU:0.0000426151%
Kernel CPU:0.00002051%
User CPU:0.00002210%
I/O reads/min:238 Bytes
I/O writes/min:238 Bytes

How do I remove OpenSSH for Windows?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win XP 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.47%
Windows 8 31.05%
Windows XP 6.84%
Windows Vista 1.58%
Windows Server 2003 1.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.69%
Windows 7 Professional 20.63%
Windows 7 Home Premium 12.70%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.99%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.41%
Windows 8.1 6.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.37%
  United Kingdom 5.96%
  Germany 5.05%
  France 5.05%
  Italy 3.21%
  Sweden 3.21%
  India 2.29%
  Canada 1.83%
  Spain 1.83%
  Hungary 1.83%
  Philippines 1.83%
  Australia 1.38%
  Brazil 1.38%
  Colombia 1.38%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.66%
Acer 16.81%
ASUS 15.93%
Hewlett-Packard 15.04%
Lenovo 12.39%
Intel 2.65%
Samsung 1.77%
Alienware 1.77%
Compaq 0.88%
Apple 0.88%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.97%
Dell Vostro 1540 1.98%
Acer Aspire 5750G 1.98%
LENOVO 20DF0030US 1.98%
LENOVO 7387A32 1.98%
MSI MS-7821 1.98%


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