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What percent of users and experts removed it?
28% remove it72% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,182
United States Rank #2,592
Reach 0.2938%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.68 days
905.14 days >
Average installed length: 475.58 days

PDF Creator

What is PDF Creator?

PDFCreator is an application for converting documents into Portable Document Format (PDF) format on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It works by creating a virtual printer that prints to PDF files, and thereby allows practically any application to create PDF files by choosing to print from within the application and then printing to the PDFCreator printer. The application is written in Microsoft Visual Basic and released to the public at no charge. It works with 64-bit and 32-bit Windows versions including Windows 7, internally using mostly 32-bit code. The actual PDF generation is handled by Ghostscript, which is included in the setup packages. PDFCreator allows the user to disable printing, copying of text or images and modifying the original document. The user can also choose between two types of passwords, user and owner, to restrict PDF files in several ways. The former is required to open the PDF file, while the latter is necessary in order to change permissions and password.

About  (from PDFForge)

Create PDF files from virtually any document. Disallow printing and modifications on your documents. Digitally sign your documents to verify you as author and protect the file against modifications.
  • Bundles additional prorgams in setup
PDF Creator has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pdfforge.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\pdfcreator\Actual
Uninstaller: C:\Progra~1\PDFCreator\Actual\unInstpw64.exe /uninstall
Estimated size: 1.4 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PDF Creator

Program executable:pdfwriter.exe
Name:PDF Writer Application
Path:C:\Program Files\pdfcreator\Actual\pdfwriter.exe
Additional files:
  • Preferences.exe (by Acro Software) - PDF Writer Application
  • CPWriter2.exe
  • uninstpw.exe
  • CustExt.exe (by Acro Software)
  • message.exe - VideoConverter
  • Converter.exe
  • custmon32i.dll
  • custmon64i.dll
  • custmoni.dll
  • CuteEncrypt.exe
  • iSEDQuickPDFSL.dll (by SEDTech (Pty)) - iSEDQuickPDF
  • Setup.exe - Setup Application
  • uninstall.exe (by NKProds) - nCleaner second (nCleaner Application)
  • unInstpw64.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • pdfwriter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9C48DD48-9991-4DAB-9FAE-3F40555EB426}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove PDF Creator?

You can uninstall PDF Creator 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 Creator, 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 Creator.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 28%
Keep it 72%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.76%
Windows 10 18.04%
Windows Vista 7.18%
Windows XP 7.00%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.85%
Windows 7 Professional 10.27%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.87%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.30%
Windows 8.1 5.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.43%
  Brazil 9.11%
  Italy 8.53%
  France 6.75%
  Germany 5.66%
  India 4.44%
  Russia 2.92%
  United Kingdom 2.73%
  Netherlands 2.37%
  Spain 2.33%
  Turkey 1.80%
  Poland 1.67%
  Belgium 1.49%
  Mexico 1.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.58%
Dell 21.02%
Acer 20.85%
ASUS 8.39%
Toshiba 5.78%
Samsung 5.15%
Lenovo 3.55%
Intel 1.40%
American Megatrends 0.97%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.05%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.76%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.26%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.79%
Dell Inspiron 530 1.97%
HP G62 Notebook PC 1.97%


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