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Should I remove PDF Complete Special Edition?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #496
United States Rank #302
Reach 1.3141%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.81 days
407.51 days >
Average installed length: 214.12 days


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Typically installed together

PDF Complete Special Edition

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

Edit text, export/convert PDFs to MS Word & Excel, scan with OCR, add security permissions, digital signatures, comments, and annotations to PDF documents. Easily convert your PDF documents to multiple formats, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, web page HTML, XML, or plain text. Add to or edit existing text. ...  Read more


PDF Complete Special Edition is a software program developed by PDF Complete, Inc. The most common release is 4.0.65, 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. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named pdfvista.exe. The setup package generally installs about 33 files and is usually about 43.34 MB (45,444,907 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 69% of users of PDF Complete Special Edition come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pdfcomplete.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 43.34 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PDF Complete Special Edition

Program executable:pdfvista.exe
Name:PDF Complete
PDF Vista
Path:C:\Program Files\pdf complete\pdfvista.exe
Additional files:
  • officepdf.dll - PDF Complete (PDF Office Module)
  • pdfc.ocx - PDF Vista
  • pdfcie.dll
  • pdfco.exe - Setup Application
  • pdfcstd.exe - PDF Converter
  • pdfcui.exe - PDF Converter UI
  • pdfcvlib.dll - PDF Vista Library
  • pdfiutil.exe - Utilities
  • pdflnk.exe
  • pdfpop.exe - Tools
  • pdfsty.exe - Sentry for PDF
  • pdfsvc.exe - Dispatcher
  • pdfupd.exe - PDF Updater
  • setup.exe
  • uninstall.exe - Uninstall Application
  • pdfnetc.dll (by PDFTron Systems) - PDFNet SDK for C/C++/JAVA (PDFNet Dynamic Link Library for C/C++/JAVA)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B07BA314-7FB3-459F-8E8B-0E2202628E54}' (runs on registration).
  • pdfvista.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0BE1A84E-C9A7-4BA8-901B-CEB5082904A9}' (runs on registration).
  • pdfcstd.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{50EC2F11-6936-42B1-8B0E-858EC8F014B7}' (runs on registration).
  • 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.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.61 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0008254781%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00025820%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00056727%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,620
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove PDF Complete Special Edition?

You can uninstall PDF Complete Special Edition 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 Special Edition, 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 Special Edition.

Win 7 (SP1) 84%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 87.59%
Windows 10 11.73%
Windows XP 0.54%
Windows Vista 0.13%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 65.81%
Windows 7 Professional 17.84%
Windows 10 Home 8.40%
Windows 10 Pro 1.94%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.32%

Distribution by countryGeography

68.53% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 68.53%
  Canada 3.27%
  France 3.19%
  United Kingdom 2.96%
  Germany 2.81%
  Italy 1.56%
  Australia 1.47%
  Sweden 1.16%
  Spain 1.03%
  Netherlands 0.96%
  Mexico 0.86%
  Brazil 0.77%
  Belgium 0.73%
  Finland 0.60%

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

comments2 comments

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antidogeover a year ago
Any chance that this will come bundled with Deal4Real or any similar... malware?
user comment
upsetandrewover a year ago
It will not uninstall through windows uninstall feature