84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove PDF-XChange Shell Extensions?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
23% remove it77% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #44,301
Reach 0.0019%


VersionDistribution 2.63% 2.63% 78.95% 10.53% 5.26%

Typically installed together

PDF-XChange Shell Extensions

What is PDF-XChange Shell Extensions?  (from Tracker Software Products Ltd)

The latest version of PDF-XChange Viewer now includes a Windows shell extension to display thumbnails of PDF files in Windows Explorer. When using thumbnail mode view in Windows Explorer, thumbnails of the first page in a document are shown instead of standard PDF document icons when the folder is set to view medium, l...  Read more


PDF-XChange Shell Extensions is a software program developed by Tracker Software Products Ltd. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named Live UpdateLiveUpdate.exe. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 58.33 MB (61,161,875 bytes). The installed file Live UpdateLiveUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows XP and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 30% of users of PDF-XChange Shell Extensions come from Germany, it is also popular in the United States and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.docu-track.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Tracker Software\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Tracker Software\Shell Extensions\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 58.33 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PDF-XChange Shell Extensions

Program executable:Live UpdateLiveUpdate.exe
Name:PDF-XChange Live Update
Live Update PDF-XChange Products
Path:C:\Program Files\Tracker Software\Live UpdateLiveUpdate.exe
Additional files:
  • PXCPrevHost.exe - Tracker Software PDF-XChange Shell Extention (PDF-XChange Preview Host for PDF Preview Handler)
  • XCShInfo.dll - PDF-XChange Shell Extention
  • Live UpdateLiveUpdate.exe - PDF-XChange Live Update (Live Update PDF-XChange Products)
  • LiveUpdate.exe
  • npPDFXCviewNPPlugin.dll - PDF-XChange Viewer (PDF-XChange Viewer Netscape Gecko Plugin)
  • PDFXCview.exe
  • PDFXCviewAx.dll - PDF-XChange Viewer Control
  • PDFXCviewIEPlugin.dll - PDF-XChange Viewer IE-Plugin

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npPDFXCviewNPPlugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npPDFXCviewNPPlugin.dll'.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • PDFXCviewIEPlugin.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PDF-XChange Viewer IE-Plugin' with the class of {C5D07EB6-BBCE-4DAE-ACBB-D13A8D28CB1F}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npPDFXCviewNPPlugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@docu-track.com/PDF-XChange Viewer Plugin,version=1.0,application/pdf' with a plugin key of '@docu-track.com/PDF-XChange Viewer Plugin,version=1.0,application/pdf' for all users of the PC.

How do I remove PDF-XChange Shell Extensions?

You can uninstall PDF-XChange Shell Extensions 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-XChange Shell Extensions, 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-XChange Shell Extensions.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by PDF-XChange Shell Extensions you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win XP 45%
Win 10 3%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 44.74%
Windows 7 34.21%
Windows Vista 18.42%
Windows 10 2.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 44.74%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.42%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 15.79%
Windows 7 Professional 7.89%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.89%
Microsoft Windows 2.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.43% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 30.43%
  United States 28.26%
  Italy 10.87%
  Japan 4.35%
  Czech Republic 4.35%
  United Kingdom 4.35%
  Hong Kong 2.17%
  Brazil 2.17%
  France 2.17%
  Australia 2.17%
  Greece 2.17%
  Austria 2.17%
  Indonesia 2.17%
  Spain 2.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 24.24%
American Megatrends 15.15%
Dell 12.12%
Hewlett-Packard 9.09%
Sahara 6.06%
ASUS 6.06%
Intel 6.06%
Sony 6.06%
Medion 3.03%
Common models
MSI MS-7678 3.23%
MSI MS-7350 3.23%
MEDIONPC MS-7318 3.23%
MAXDATA obook3-1 3.23%
HP ProBook 4530s 3.23%
HP Compaq dx2450 Microtow... 3.23%

About (from Tracker Software Products Ltd)

Incorporated in 1997 in the UK to develop Imaging and PDF format related software, Tracker Software Products has offices in Canada and the UK, with additional development offices in the USA and Ukraine.
Publisher URL: www.tracker-software.com


user comment
No one has commented yet. Help others learn more about this software, share your comments.