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8% remove it92% keep it
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4.0.6630 91.67%
4.0.6578 8.33%

Parallels Desktop

What is Parallels Desktop?  (from Parallels Software International Inc)

Whether you are a hard-core Mac enthusiast, a multi-platform pro or a first-time Mac user, the brilliant essentials of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac — quick installation, a user-friendly interface, and the Parallels Wizard—makes moving to the Mac seamless and everyday use easier than ever. With Parallels Desktop for Mac...  Read more


Parallels Desktop is a software program developed by Parallels Software International Inc. The most common release is 4.0.6630, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 29 files. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 56% of users of Parallels Desktop come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and South Africa.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.parallels.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Parallels\Parallels Desktop\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{DFD8AAE3-0305-4063-AAF5-910194060076}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Parallels Desktop

  • prl_sdk.dll - Parallels Server/Desktop (runtime switch) 4.0 (Parallels Public API)
  • IOHooks.dll - Parallels Desktop 4.0 (Parallels Hook Module)
  • Parallels Transporter.exe - Parallels Transporter
  • prl_client_app.exe - Parallels Desktop
  • prl_disp_service.exe - Parallels Dispatcher Service
  • prl_naptd.exe - Parallels DHCP/NAT Service
  • prl_sdk_py.dll - Parallels Public API Python Binding
  • prl_setup_helper.exe - Parallels Setup Helper
  • prl_up2date_app.exe - Parallels Up-2-Date
  • prl_vm_app.exe - Parallels Virtual Machine
  • prlctl.exe - Parallels Control Utility

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Services
  • prl_naptd.exe runs as a service named 'Parallels Networking Service' (Parallels Networking Service) "Provides the Host-Only and Shared types of networking for Parallels virtual machines. If this service is stopped, your virtual machines will fail to connect to the network if they are in the Host-Only or Shared networking modes.".
  • prl_disp_service.exe runs as a service named 'Parallels Virtualization Service' (Parallels Virtualization Service) "Enables you to run and manage Parallels virtual machines.If this service is stopped, you will not be able to use your virtual machines.".

How do I remove Parallels Desktop?

Quickly and completely remove Parallels Desktop from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Parallels 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Parallels Desktop, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Parallels Desktop.

Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win 8 8%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.00%
Windows XP 16.67%
Windows 8 8.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 50.00%
Windows 7 Professional 16.67%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.67%
Windows 7 Starter 8.33%
Windows 8 Pro 8.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.25% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.25%
  Canada 12.50%
  South Africa 6.25%
  Iran 6.25%
  Croatia 6.25%
  Czech Republic 6.25%
  Italy 6.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.27%
Toshiba 18.18%
Acer 18.18%
Lenovo 9.09%
Intel 9.09%
American Megatrends 9.09%
ASUS 9.09%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 28.57%
TOSHIBA Satellite M105 14.29%
TOSHIBA Qosmio G50 14.29%
HP Compaq 6830s 14.29%
LENOVO 765912U 14.29%


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