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Should I remove Principal Software Update?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
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1.11.6 18.18%
1.10.4 27.27%
1.9.2 9.09%
1.8 18.18%
1.7 18.18%
1.2.0006 9.09%

Typically installed together

Principal Software Update


Principal Software Update is a software program developed by Principal Financial Group. The most common release is 1.10.4, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The setup package generally installs about 103 files. The installed file SoftwareUpdate.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. Most users that have installed this software come from the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.Principal.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Principal\MktgIllus\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B08A5501-4E65-4627-9582-527DC4E6E868}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Principal Software Update

  • SoftwareManager.dll - Principal.Ind.ElectronicDistribution.SoftwareManager
  • PFGHypoCalc.dll - Principal Financial Group PFGHypoCalc (PFGHypoCalc)
  • PBRUtility.exe - Principal.Ind.BackupRestoreUtility
  • SoftwareUpdate.exe - Principal Software Update (Principal.Ind.ElectronicDistribution.SoftwareUpdate)
  • PFG.IS.DST.Soap.Policy.dll - PFG.IS.DST.Soap.Policy
  • DI.exe - Disability Insurance
  • DiRecordWrapper.dll - DiRecordWrapper
  • PFGDicharting.dll - PFGDicharting
  • PFGMain.dll - PFGMainEngine (This DLL calls all of PFG's Calculation modules.)
  • PreLaunchCk.exe - PreLaunchCk
  • DI Doctor.exe - DiDoctor
  • msvcp71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library)
  • msvcr71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® C Runtime Library

How do I remove Principal Software Update?

Quickly and completely remove Principal Software Update from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Principal Software Update 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 Principal Software Update, 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 Principal Software Update.

Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win 10 45%
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.55%
Windows 10 45.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.27%
Windows 8.1 Pro 18.18%
Windows 7 Enterprise 18.18%
Windows 8 9.09%
Windows 7 Professional 9.09%
Windows 8.1 9.09%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 45.45%
Dell 27.27%
Sony 9.09%
Samsung 9.09%
Toshiba 9.09%
Common models
Dell Dell System Inspir... 18.18%
HP EliteBook 2760p 18.18%
Hewlett-Packard 23-d050xt 9.09%
TOSHIBA Satellite L55-A 9.09%
Sony VPCEE23FX 9.09%
HP ENVY 15 Notebook PC 9.09%


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