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Should I remove PDFCreator?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
18% remove it82% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #23,601
United States Rank #33,588
Reach 0.0079%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)


1.6.0 1.94%
1.5.1 2.58%
1.5.0 5.16%
1.4.3 3.23%
1.4.2 2.58%
1.4.1 1.29%
1.4.0 1.29%
1.3.2 9.03%
1.3.1 1.94%
1.2.3 25.16%
1.2.2 1.29%
1.2.1 5.16%
1.2.0 14.84%
1.1.0 1.94%
1.0.2 4.52%
1.0.1 1.94%
0.9.9 3.87%
0.9.8 5.16%
0.9.7 0.65%
0.9.6 0.65%
0.9.5 1.94%
0.9.3 3.87%


What is PDFCreator?

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. 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.

About  (from Frank Heindörfer, Philip Chinery)

PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, Excel or any other Windows application. A PDF takes less storage space, and is easier to send with email. Make PDF creator part of your the software suite you have installed on your computer for easy PDF creation.


The most used version is 1.2.3, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is pdfcreator.exe. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 29.17 MB (30,589,161 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pdfforge.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\pdfcreator
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{0001B4FD-9EA3-4D90-A79E-FD14BA3AB01D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 29.17 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PDFCreator

Program executable:pdfcreator.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\pdfcreator\pdfcreator.exe
Additional files:
  • PDFSpool.exe (by pdfforge http://www.pdfforge.org/) - PDFCreator (PDFSpooler: Send the temp. printer-data to pdfcreator.exe. Part of PDFCreator.)
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • pdfenc.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • PDFCreator.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{72850830-60F5-4292-BAEB-61BCCFCAE3A5}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove PDFCreator?

You can uninstall PDFCreator 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 PDFCreator, 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 PDFCreator.

Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win XP 3%
Uninstall it 18%
Keep it 82%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.87%
Windows XP 19.35%
Windows 10 12.90%
Windows Vista 3.87%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.57%
Microsoft Windows XP 18.18%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.29%
Windows 7 Professional 11.04%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.55%
Windows 7 Enterprise 3.90%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.35% of installs come from Russia
Which countries install it?
  Russia 26.35%
  United States 20.36%
  BG 13.77%
  MK 9.58%
  Germany 6.59%
  UA 5.99%
  Sweden 2.99%
  United Kingdom 2.40%
  BY 1.80%
  France 1.20%
  Republic Of Moldova 1.20%
  Canada 1.20%
  Belgium 0.60%
  Israel 0.60%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.41%
ASUS 19.39%
Acer 16.33%
Dell 15.31%
Samsung 6.12%
Toshiba 4.08%
Lenovo 3.06%
Intel 3.06%
American Megatrends 3.06%
Sony 2.04%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.02%
HP 620 2.02%
ASUSTeK K53SM 2.02%
Dell Studio 1555 2.02%
ASUSTeK F5RL 2.02%
TOSHIBA Satellite L655 2.02%


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