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Should I remove PGP Desktop?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13,408
United States Rank #10,570
Reach 0.0227%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.30 days
198.11 days >
Average installed length: 104.09 days


VersionDistribution 5.37% 2.46% 3.13% 3.13% 1.34% 7.83% 0.67% 4.03% 0.22% 1.57% 1.12% 4.03% 1.34% 1.79% 5.15% 4.92% 1.57% 2.68% 0.89% 1.57% 0.22% 9.17% 1.57% 2.68% 0.22% 3.36% 0.45% 2.24% 6.49% 0.22% 0.22% 2.68% 0.45% 0.22% 0.22% 2.46% 2.01% 2.24% 1.57% 0.67% 0.45% 0.22% 0.22% 0.89% 0.45% 0.45% 0.22% 0.22% 0.45% 0.45% 1.57%
52 versions

PGP Desktop

What is PGP Desktop?  (from PGP)

PGP Desktop is a comprehensive suite of encryption applications which provides flexible, multi-layered encryption by bundling Drive Encryption to secure the files stored on local hard drives, and Desktop Email Encryption to secure confidential data in email. Hard drive encryption software locks down the entire contents...  Read more


PGP Desktop is a software program developed by PGP. The most common release is, 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named pgpdesk.exe. The setup package generally installs about 65 files and is usually about 35.09 MB (36,798,464 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 57% of users of PGP Desktop come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\pgp corporation\pgp desktop
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{32B047EC-3FB9-400C-BCCB-68A6E069B483}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 35.09 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by PGP Desktop

Program executable:pgpdesk.exe
Name:PGP Desktop
Path:C:\Program Files\pgp corporation\pgp desktop\pgpdesk.exe
Additional files:
  • npgpnote.dll - PGP Desktop (PGP Universal Notes client)
  • npgpovid.dll
  • pgp viewer.exe - PGP Viewer
  • pgpcbt64.exe - PGP CBT Hook 64 Bit Executable
  • pgpcdcon.dll - PGP Universal Notes CD to MIME Converson Provider
  • pgpfsd.exe - PGP Filesharing Daemon
  • pgpiu.dll - PGP Desktop Installer Helper DLL
  • pgpmnapp.exe - PGP Shell Menu Executable
  • pgpmsmdb.dll - PGP MAPI Proxy Provider DLL
  • pgpnetshare.exe - PGP Filesharing Command Line
  • pgpolplg.dll - PGP Outlook Plugin
  • pgpp.exe - PGP Portable Command Line
  • pgppdcreate.exe - PGP Portable Creator
  • pgppe.exe - PGP PE Tool
  • pgpsarch.dll - PGP Desktop Archive Module
  • pgpsdisk.dll - PGP Desktop Disk Module
  • pgpsfs.dll - PGP Filesharing UI
  • pgpskeys.dll - PGP Desktop Keys Module
  • pgpspoli.dll - PGP Desktop Policy Module
  • pgpstart.exe - PGP PE Start
  • pgpsview.dll - PGP Desktop Viewer Module
  • pgptray.exe - PGP Tray
  • pgpwde.exe - PGPwde
  • pgpwdedo.dll - PGPwdedo
  • pgpwipe.dll - PGP Shredder
  • rddservice.exe - PGP Universal RDD Client Service
  • pgpamenu.dll - PGP Notes Verify Signatures Addin Menu
  • pgp portable.exe - PGP Portable

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • PGPtray.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PGPshredVolumeC' (runs daily at 22:02).
  • rddservice.exe runs as a service named 'PGP RDD Service' (PGP RDD Service).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • pgptray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PGPTray' which loads as C:\Program Files\PGP Corporation\PGP Desktop\PGPtray.exe.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • PGPdesk.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%ProgramFiles(x86)%\PGP Corporation\PGP Desktop\PGPdesk.exC:,, Desktop (Win64)'.
  • PGPtray.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%ProgramFiles(x86)%\PGP Corporation\PGP Desktop\PGPtray.exC:,, Desktop Tray App (Win64)'.

How do I remove PGP Desktop?

You can uninstall PGP Desktop 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 PGP Desktop, 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 PGP Desktop.

Win 7 (SP1) 75%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.90%
Windows 10 11.16%
Windows XP 8.93%
Windows Vista 1.79%
Windows Server 2003 0.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 29.02%
Windows 7 Enterprise 25.17%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.02%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.56%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.94%
Windows 8 Pro 2.95%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.42%
  United Kingdom 4.36%
  Germany 3.32%
  Canada 2.62%
  France 2.09%
  India 2.09%
  Brazil 1.75%
  Israel 1.57%
  Russia 1.57%
  Australia 1.40%
  Finland 1.40%
  Spain 1.40%
  Austria 1.22%
  Netherlands 1.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 38.01%
Hewlett-Packard 21.23%
Lenovo 18.84%
Acer 7.19%
ASUS 6.51%
Toshiba 2.40%
Intel 2.05%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6430 7.45%
Dell Latitude E6520 4.79%
Dell Latitude E6420 3.19%
Dell Latitude E6230 3.19%
HP EliteBook 8440p 2.66%
Dell Latitude E6320 2.66%


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