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Should I remove Performance Center?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
76% remove it24% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13,466
United States Rank #7,264
Reach 0.0225%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.42 days
336.77 days >
Average installed length: 176.95 days


2.50 0.23%
2.49 0.23%
2.44 0.45%
2.42 68.69%
2.41 3.83%
2.40 10.36%
2.39 5.41%
2.38 5.18%
2.37 4.28%
2.36 0.45%
2.34 0.45%
2.33 0.23%
2.32 0.23%

Performance Center

What is Performance Center?

The Ascentive Performance Center is bundled with other Ascentive software by default and will not automatically uninstall when removing the bundle program. It is also difficult to remove in many cases.

About  (from Ascentive)

The Ascentive Performance Center is a free program that allows users to manage multiple Ascentive products from one window. The free download of Ascentive‚Äôs Registry Cleaner, Anti-Malware Software, and other trial products are intended to find issues, errors, threats, junk, and clutter that can be removed by single or ...  Read more


The most used version is 2.42, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 ApcMain.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 7 files and is usually about 1.24 MB (1,299,701 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Performance Center.
ApcMain.exe (ea8449e9a2f91a722721e913a2d25547) has been flagged by the following 13 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2010.10.03 Malware/Win32.Generic
Avira AntiVir SPR/Tool.3239936
AVG 2014.0.3577 Fake_AntiSpyware
Bitdefender Spyware.3609
Comodo Security 6270 UnclassifiedMalware
F-Secure 11.2013-02-10_4 Spyware.3609
G Data 13.10.21 Spyware.3609
K7 AntiVirus 13.63.2662 Trojan
ESET NOD32 5498 Win32/Adware.Ascentive
Norman 10.20131002 W32/Spyware.CVD
nProtect Trojan-Spy/W32.Agent.3239936
Panda Antivirus Application/Ascentive
Vba32 AntiVirus Win32.Adware.Ascentive
       View all 13 all detections
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ascentive.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ascentive\Performance Center
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{BB05BD70-4605-4829-93FC-AD80D8CC5B66}\setup.exe -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 1.24 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Performance Center

Program executable:ApcMain.exe
Name:Ascentive Performance Center
Signed by:Ascentive LLC
Path:C:\Program Files\Ascentive\Performance Center\ApcMain.exe
Additional files:
  • apclang.dll - Ascentive Performance Center
  • ApcMain.exe
  • APCURL.dll
  • Launcher.exe - Performance Center Launcher (Ascentive Performance Center Launcher Application)
  • Uninstall.exe - Performance Center

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • ApcMain.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Performance Center_DESKTOP-ABD3O3L@john m willis'.
  • Launcher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BCD27006-2DEB-4E58-9159-E7C19BE8F570}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • ApcMain.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Performance Center@Logon.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • ApcMain.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Performance Center' and executes as C:\Program Files\Ascentive\Performance Center\APCMain.exe -m.
  • Launcher.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Performance Center' and executes as C:\Program Files\Ascentive\Performance Center\Launcher.exe -m.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • Launcher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Performance Center' which loads as C:\Program Files\Ascentive\Performance Center\Launcher.exe -m.
  • ApcMain.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Performance Center' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Ascentive\Performance Center\ApcMain.exe" -m.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.15 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015074073%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00112493%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00038248%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:54,304
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:182 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Performance Center?

You can uninstall Performance Center 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 Performance Center, 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 Performance Center.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 76%
Keep it 24%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.73%
Windows 10 21.62%
Windows Vista 15.99%
Windows XP 7.66%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.57%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.00%
Windows 8.1 9.26%
Windows 8 7.67%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.45%
Windows 7 Professional 6.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

87.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 87.84%
  Japan 3.62%
  Germany 2.46%
  Austria 1.01%
  United Kingdom 0.87%
  Belgium 0.72%
  France 0.43%
  DZ 0.29%
  Australia 0.29%
  Italy 0.29%
  Switzerland 0.14%
  Iran 0.14%
  Thailand 0.14%
  China 0.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 35.05%
Dell 33.53%
Toshiba 10.57%
Acer 10.27%
Lenovo 2.11%
ASUS 1.81%
Intel 1.81%
American Megatrends 1.51%
Samsung 1.21%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530s 5.13%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.59%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.08%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.08%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.56%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.56%

About (from Ascentive)

Our mission is to provide our customers with easy-to-use products that work together to bring PCs back to life and improve their family's security.
Publisher URL: www.ascentive.com


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