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Should I remove PlayStationNetwork Downloader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
61% remove it39% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,414
United States Rank #3,902
Reach 0.4839%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.19 days
418.57 days >
Average installed length: 219.92 days


3.00.14935 2.36%
2.07.00849 69.55%
2.06.00741 2.08%
2.05.00710 10.23%
2.04.00651 2.74%
2.03.00126 2.51%
2.02.00076 5.90%
2.01.11251 0.37%
2.00.00005 3.02%
1.04.00004 0.04%
1.04.00003 0.13%
1.02.00005 0.86%
1.01.00018 0.14%
1.01.00017 0.01%
1.00.0003 0.07%

Typically installed together

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PlayStationNetwork Downloader

What is PlayStationNetwork Downloader?

A DRM tool called the PlayStation Network Downloader is also required to download content from the PlayStation Store onto a PC. When downloading store content, an *.xpd file is first downloaded onto the user's computer and then opened by the PlayStation Network Downloader, which downloads the content directly to a PSP connected via a USB cable. This 'DRM' tool prevents the user from directly saving store contents onto their PC and illegally distributing the content. Currently, this software is also only compatible with certain Microsoft Windows operating systems.


The most common release is 2.07.00849, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named psndl.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 8 files and is usually about 837.72 KB (857,821 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\PLAYSTATION Network Downloader\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B6659DD8-00A7-4A24-BBFB-C1F6982E5D66}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 837.72 KB

Program filesFiles installed by PlayStationNetwork Downloader

Program executable:psndl.exe
Name:PlayStation(R)Network Downloader
Path:C:\Program Files\Sony\PLAYSTATION Network Downloader\psndl.exe
Additional files:
  • nppsndl.dll (by Sony Computer Entertainment) - PlayStation(R)Network Downloader Check Plug-in
  • PsndlCheckObjects.dll (by Sony Computer Entertainment) - PlayStation(R)Network Downloader Check Module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • nppsndl.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'nppsndl.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • nppsndl.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'PlayStation(R)Network Downloader Check Plug-in' with a plugin key of '@playstation.com/PsndlCheck,version=1.00' for all users of the PC.

How do I remove PlayStationNetwork Downloader?

You can uninstall PlayStationNetwork Downloader 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 PlayStation(R)Network Downloader, 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 PlayStationNetwork Downloader.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by PlayStationNetwork Downloader you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win 7 0%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 61%
Keep it 39%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.05%
Windows 10 11.95%
Windows Vista 8.09%
Windows XP 5.91%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.33%
Windows 7 Professional 10.04%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.20%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.48%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.80%
Windows 10 Home 5.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

15.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 15.42%
  Germany 12.76%
  United Kingdom 9.44%
  France 5.21%
  Japan 4.21%
  Sweden 3.65%
  Canada 3.17%
  Italy 3.09%
  Spain 3.02%
  India 2.29%
  Taiwan 2.19%
  Brazil 2.16%
  Australia 2.13%
  Belgium 1.99%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 29.08%
Acer 18.61%
Hewlett-Packard 17.46%
Dell 13.97%
ASUS 7.56%
Toshiba 3.56%
Samsung 1.95%
Lenovo 1.47%
Common models
Packard Bell EasyNote TJ6... 8.68%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.35%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.00%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.50%
Sony SVE1511A1EW 2.34%
Sony SVE1711X1EB 2.02%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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