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What percent of users and experts removed it?
40% remove it60% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #38,102
United States Rank #21,877
Reach 0.0028%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.53 days
352.35 days >
Average installed length: 185.13 days


VersionDistribution 20.00% 18.18% 30.91% 21.82% 9.09%

PC FineTune

What is PC FineTune?

EarthLink PC FineTune is marketed as a PC performance optimizer that utilizes several techniques to attempt to increase the speed of the user's PC include registry tuning (which is a practice that is often criticized by experts as producing no results) as well as hard drive scrubbing. The overall value of such PC performance optimization is questionable yet might offer some benefit depending on the overall usability of the PC.

About  (from EarthLink)

EarthLink PC FineTune improves PC speed and performance, also diagnoses and fixes disk errors and registry errors. You will automatically be billed after the 30-day free trial. Cancellation must be by phone, U.S. mail, or fax before
the next billing period begins to prevent further charges. EarthLink PC FineTune im...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is mxtask.exe. The software installer includes 100 files and is usually about 92.65 MB (97,153,571 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Earthlink
URL: www.earthlink.net
Help link: support.earthlink.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Earthlink\PC FineTune\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{F93D041D-F290-48D1-A8F4-9D10454D9987}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409
Estimated size: 92.65 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by PC FineTune

Program executable:mxtask.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\earthlink\pc finetune\mxtask.exe
Additional files:
  • AQSetup.dll - PC FineTune
  • AQSetupUI.dll
  • BrokenShortcutCleanerUI.dll
  • DashboardData.dll
  • DashboardPageWPFUI.dll
  • DSS.dll
  • DSS.Settings.dll
  • MainUI.dll
  • ProblemsPageWPFUI.dll
  • ProgramAcceleratorUI.dll
  • RegistryFixer.Settings.dll
  • RegistryFixerUI.dll
  • SystemTweakUI.dll
  • WPFCommon.dll
  • WPFControls.dll
  • WPFData.dll
  • WPFDialog.dll
  • WPFToaster.exe
  • WPFToasterEngine.dll
  • WPFToolHost.dll
  • CheckSumTool.dll (by BVRP Software) - BVRP Software LiveUpdate (CheckSumTool)
  • helper.dll (by AusLogics) - Helper Library
  • ActivityMonitor.dll (by Avanquest Software) - Activity Monitor Engine
  • AQCommon.dll (by Avanquest Software) - Common Functionality
  • AQCommon64.dll
  • AQFileRestoreSrv.exe - File Undeleter Service
  • aqg.dll - AQG
  • AQSCEngine.dll
  • AQVolumes.dll - AQVolumes
  • ASRIOP2.dll
  • AutoUpd.dll - Program Update
  • AVScan.dll - AVScan
  • BrowserApp.exe - HTML Browser
  • BrwsrWin.dll - BrowserWindow DLL
  • ContextMenuHelper.dll
  • ContextMenuHelper64.dll
  • ContextMenuTheme32.dll - Context Menu Theme
  • ContextMenuTheme64.dll
  • DBHelper.dll
  • DiskDefragCpp.dll (by Auslogics) - Disk Defrag (Disk Defrag CPP Wrapper)
  • DiskDefragHelper.dll (by Auslogics) - Disk Defrag Library
  • DummyM.dll - DummyM
  • EnumBrokenShortcutsCOM.dll - EnumBrokenShortcutsCOM
  • errhook.dll - Error Tracker Window Hook
  • errorui.dll - Error UI
  • ETrack.exe - ACMEAPTask
  • FAT32M.dll - FAT32M
  • FileUndeleter.dll - File Undeleter Engine
  • Firefox3Browser.dll - Internet Browser Engine
  • APMLR.dll - APMLR
  • APMLRX64.dll
  • bvrpctln.dll - MPT (Custom controls and utilities library)
  • bzip2.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • AQFileRestoreSrv.exe runs as a service named 'AQFileRestoreSrv' (AQFileRestoreSrv) "This service provides a feature to catch and postpone the behavior which end user removes a file permanently (the largest time of file holding is 30 minutes).".

How do I remove PC FineTune?

You can uninstall PC FineTune 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 PC FineTune, 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 PC FineTune.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win Vista (SP2) 5%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 40%
Keep it 60%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.73%
Windows 10 30.91%
Windows XP 10.91%
Windows Vista 5.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.45%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.91%
Windows 10 Home 10.91%
Windows 8 7.27%
Windows 8.1 7.27%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 5.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

98.85% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 98.85%
  Mexico 1.15%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 40.43%
Dell 23.40%
Lenovo 12.77%
Acer 6.38%
Toshiba 6.38%
ASUS 4.26%
Compaq 2.13%
Samsung 2.13%
Common models
LENOVO 20157 5.45%
Micro-Star Z1-7597 5.45%
Dell Dell DXP061 3.64%
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 3.64%
Dell Inspiron 5555 3.64%
Dell Computer Dimension 3... 1.82%


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