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PC Magazine WinPointer Version 3.0

What is PC Magazine WinPointer?  (from PC Magazine)

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PC Magazine WinPointer Version 3.0 is a program developed by PC Magazine. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 winpointer.exe. The software installer includes 3 files and is usually about 2.64 MB (2,767,289 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 75% of users of PC Magazine WinPointer come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pcmag.com
Help link: discuss.pcmag.com/pcmag
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Magazine Utilities\WinPointer\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\PC Magazine Utilities\WinPointer\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 2.64 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Magazine WinPointer Version 3.0

Program executable:winpointer.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\pc magazine utilities\winpointer\winpointer.exe
Additional files:
  • AviEdit.exe (by Ziff Davis Media, Inc) - WinPointer (WinPointer AVI Editor)
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Uninstaller)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • WinPointer.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'WinPointer3' and executes as "C:\Program Files\PC Magazine Utilities\WinPointer\WinPointer.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • unins000.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Lavalys\EVEREST Home Edition\unins000.exe'.

How do I remove PC Magazine WinPointer?

Quickly and completely remove PC Magazine WinPointer Version 3.0 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall PC Magazine WinPointer 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 PC Magazine WinPointer Version 3.0, 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 PC Magazine WinPointer.

Win 7 (SP1) 83%
Win XP 17%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 22%
Keep it 78%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 83.33%
Windows XP 16.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 33.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.00%
  Brazil 16.67%
  Canada 8.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 40.00%
Intel 20.00%
Dell 20.00%
Alienware 20.00%
Common models
ASUSTeK G73Jw 50.00%
Dell Studio XPS 8000 25.00%
Alienware Aurora 25.00%

Publisher URL: www.pcmag.com


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