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Should I remove 'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,360
United States Rank #16,814
Reach 0.0143%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.97 days
471.11 days >
Average installed length: 247.53 days


1.1.16 26.69%
1.1.13 13.52%
1.1.12 11.03%
1.1.11 48.75%

Typically installed together

'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension


'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension is a software program developed by PTC. The most common release is 1.1.11, 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. The setup package generally installs about 63 files and is usually about 24.37 MB (25,550,294 bytes). The installed file applicationupdater.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 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 43% of users of 'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension come from the United States, it is also popular in Poland and DK.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ptc.com
Help link: www.ptc.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PTC\'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{A9FAD2D5-1C42-4C5C-B5DD-291DA9863BEA}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 24.37 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by 'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension

  • ptcnse.dll (by Parametric Technology) - PTC Namespace Extension (PTC Namespace Extension DLL)
  • applicationupdater.exe (by Spigot) - Application Updater
  • atl90.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 (ATL Module for Windows (Unicode))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.docking.wpf.dll (by Actipro Software) - Docking (CodeSmith Actipro Docking & MDI (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.editors.interop.propertygrid.wpf.dll (by Actipro Software) - Editors.Interop.PropertyGrid (CodeSmith Actipro Editors/PropertyGrid Interop (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.editors.wpf.dll - Editors (CodeSmith Actipro Editors (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.propertygrid.interop.winforms.wpf.dll - PropertyGrid.Interop.WinForms (CodeSmith Actipro PropertyGrid/WinForms Interop (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.propertygrid.wpf.dll - PropertyGrid (CodeSmith Actipro PropertyGrid (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.shared.wpf.dll - Shared (CodeSmith Actipro Shared Library (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.syntaxeditor.addons.dotnet.wpf.dll - SyntaxEditor.Addons.DotNet (CodeSmith Actipro SyntaxEditor .NET Languages Add-on (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.syntaxeditor.addons.javascript.wpf.dll - SyntaxEditor.Addons.JavaScript (CodeSmith Actipro SyntaxEditor Web Languages Add-on (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.syntaxeditor.addons.xml.wpf.dll - SyntaxEditor.Addons.Xml
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.syntaxeditor.wpf.dll - SyntaxEditor (CodeSmith Actipro SyntaxEditor (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.text.addons.dotnet.cecil.dll - Text.Addons.DotNet.Cecil
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.text.addons.dotnet.wpf.dll - Text.Addons.DotNet (CodeSmith Actipro Text .NET Languages Add-on (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.text.addons.javascript.wpf.dll - Text.Addons.JavaScript (CodeSmith Actipro Text Web Languages Add-on (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.text.addons.xml.wpf.dll - Text.Addons.Xml
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.text.llparser.wpf.dll - Text.LLParser (CodeSmith Actipro LL(*) Parser (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.text.wpf.dll - Text (CodeSmith Actipro Text/Parsing Library (for WPF))
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.themes.metro.wpf.dll - CodeSmith Actipro Metro Themes (for WPF)
  • codesmith.actiprosoftware.themes.office.wpf.dll - CodeSmith Actipro Office Themes (for WPF)
  • codesmith.basetemplates.dll (by CodeSmith Tools) - CodeSmith Generator
  • codesmith.codeparser.dll (by CodeSmith Tools) - CodeParser
  • codesmith.core.dll - CodeSmith.Core
  • codesmith.customproperties.dll
  • codesmith.engine.dll
  • codesmith.gui.dll
  • codesmith.insertclassmergestrategy.dll - InsertClassMergeStrategy
  • codesmith.msbuild.v4.0.dll - CodeSmith.MSBuild
  • codesmith.samples.dll - CodeSmith Generator Samples
  • codesmith.visualstudio.package.dll - CodeSmith VisualStudio Package v2010
  • exceptionless.dll - Exceptionless
  • exceptionless.models.dll - Exceptionless.Models
  • exceptionless.wpf.dll - Exceptionless.Wpf
  • icsharpcode.nrefactory.dll (by ic#code) - SharpDevelop (NRefactory)
  • inkform.exe (by Microsoft) - Microsoft ActiveSync (Ink Form MAPI Notes Server)
  • ionic.zip.reduced.dll (by Dino Chiesa) - DotNetZip Library (Ionic's Zip Library (Reduced))
  • logicnp.folderview.wpf.dll
  • mono.cecil.dll - Mono.Cecil
  • mono.cecil.mdb.dll - Mono.Cecil.Mdb
  • mono.cecil.pdb.dll - Mono.Cecil.Pdb
  • mono.cecil.rocks.dll - Mono.Cecil.Rocks
  • msvcp90.dll - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library
  • msvcr90.dll - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • policy.1.0.codesmith.core.dll
  • schemaexplorer.adoxschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.db2zosschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.dll
  • schemaexplorer.iseriesschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.mysqlschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.oracleschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.postgresqlschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.sqlanywhereschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.sqlcompact4schemaprovider.dll - SchemaExplorer.SqlCompactSchemaProvider
  • schemaexplorer.sqlcompactschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.sqliteschemaprovider.dll - SchemaExplorer.SQLiteSchemaProvider
  • schemaexplorer.sqlschemaprovider.dll
  • schemaexplorer.vistadb4schemaprovider.dll - SchemaExplorer.VistaDBSchemaProvider
  • schemaexplorer.vistadbschemaprovider.dll
  • searchsettings.exe (by Spigot) - Widgi Toolbar (Search Settings)
  • searchsettings64.exe (by Spigot Inc) - Search Settings 64

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • applicationupdater.exe runs as a service named 'Application Updater' (Application Updater) "Automatically downloads and installs application updates.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • searchsettings.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SearchSettings' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe".

How do I remove 'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension?

You can uninstall 'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension 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 'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension, 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 'PTC Places' Namespace Shell Extension.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.11%
Windows 10 25.98%
Windows XP 2.85%
Windows Vista 0.71%
Windows Server 2003 0.36%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.60%
Windows 7 Professional 18.15%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.66%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.34%
Windows 8.1 5.34%
Windows 10 Home 5.34%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.86% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.86%
  Poland 4.76%
  DK 4.46%
  Germany 3.57%
  Russia 3.27%
  Austria 2.68%
  Finland 2.38%
  Canada 2.38%
  Italy 2.38%
  Brazil 2.08%
  Romania 2.08%
  Singapore 1.49%
  Mexico 1.49%
  Netherlands 1.49%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 24.35%
Hewlett-Packard 22.80%
ASUS 16.58%
Acer 13.99%
Lenovo 8.29%
Samsung 4.66%
Alienware 2.07%
Toshiba 1.04%
Sony 1.04%
Intel 0.52%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.15%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.62%
ASUSTeK K53SV 3.08%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.31%
ASUS All Series 2.31%
Alienware M14xR2 1.54%


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