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Should I remove PDF Complete?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,646
United States Rank #16,558
Reach 0.0250%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 167.03 days
939.41 days >
Average installed length: 493.59 days


3.5.85 0.81%
3.5.83 0.20%
3.5.73 0.20%
3.5.69 0.61%
3.5.64 0.61%
3.5.61 0.20%
3.5.57 20.12%
3.5.38 0.20%
3.5.31 1.63%
3.5.30 39.02%
3.5.26 0.20%
3.5.24 0.41%
3.5.23 6.30%
3.5.22 29.47%

PDF Complete

What is PDF Complete?  (from PDF Complete, Inc)

Add to or edit existing text. Change font type, size, and color. Adjust, move, or replace images. Easily convert your PDF documents to multiple formats, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, web page HTML, XML, or plain text. Authenticate agreements and contracts with digital signatures. Protect your important do...  Read more


PDF Complete is a program developed by PDF Complete, Inc. The most used version is 3.5.30, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The programs's main executable is pdfsvc.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1020 KB of memory. The software installer includes 16 files and is usually about 29.82 MB (31,264,313 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows XP. While about 28% of users of PDF Complete come from the United States, it is also popular in France and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pdfcomplete.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 29.82 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PDF Complete

Program executable:pdfsvc.exe
Name:PDF Complete
Signed by:PDF Complete
Path:C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfsvc.exe
(From the publisher) “PDF Complete Corporate Edition is easy to use PDF viewing and creation software that allows you to create documents with security permissions, optimize images, combine files to PDF, and more! Scan paper documents into...”
Additional files:
  • officepdf.dll - PDF Complete (PDF Office Module)
  • pdfc.ocx - PDF Vista
  • pdfcie.dll
  • pdfcstd.exe - PDF Converter
  • pdfcui.exe - Converter UI
  • pdfcvlib.dll - PDF Vista Library
  • pdfiutil.exe - Utilities
  • pdflnk.exe - PDF Link Utility
  • pdfpop.exe - Tools
  • pdfsty.exe - Sentry for PDF
  • pdfupd.exe - PDF Updater
  • pdfvista.exe
  • setup.exe - Setup Application
  • uninstall.exe - Uninstall Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • pdfsvc.exe runs as a service named 'PDF Document Manager' (pdfcDispatcher) "Manages the PDF document production process. A primary task is to enable the routing of documents from the print spooler to the user. If this service is stopped, PDF documents will be unavailable.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • pdfsty.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PDF Complete' which loads as C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfsty.exe.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • pdfsty.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfsty.exe'.
  • pdfvista.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfvista.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1020 KB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002890593%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00026740%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00002166%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:21 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove PDF Complete?

You can uninstall PDF Complete 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 PDF Complete, 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 PDF Complete.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 66.87%
Windows XP 18.50%
Windows 7 10.98%
Windows 10 3.05%
Windows Server 2003 0.61%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Business 30.91%
Windows Vista Home Basic 27.18%
Microsoft Windows XP 17.63%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.54%
Windows 7 Professional 4.98%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.32%

Distribution by countryGeography

27.66% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 27.66%
  France 7.48%
  United Kingdom 5.98%
  Italy 4.49%
  Germany 4.30%
  Spain 4.30%
  Sweden 4.11%
  Netherlands 3.93%
  Finland 3.18%
  India 2.24%
  Czech Republic 2.06%
  Poland 2.06%
  Belgium 2.06%
  Greece 1.31%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 97.98%
Dell 0.67%
Toshiba 0.45%
Compaq 0.45%
Acer 0.45%
Common models
HP Compaq 6735s 12.70%
HP Compaq 6730s 12.01%
HP Compaq 6830s 7.39%
HP ProBook 4510s 4.85%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq 61... 3.46%
HP Compaq dx2400 Microtow... 3.23%

About (from PDF Complete, Inc)

PDF Complete is a software and technology solutions company with a legacy of successful desktop and retail products.
Publisher URL: www.pdfcomplete.com


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