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Should I remove PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
62% remove it38% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,429
United States Rank #21,308
Reach 0.0115%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 24.15 days
712.29 days >
Average installed length: 374.26 days


VersionDistribution 80.62% 3.52% 2.20% 13.22% 0.44%

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PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins

What is PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins?  (from Adtrustmedia)

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PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins is a software program developed by Adtrustmedia. The most common release is, 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. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The primary executable is named trustedadssvc.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 11 files and is usually about 46.64 MB (48,902,929 bytes). 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 35% of users of PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: privdog.com
URL: privdog.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\adtrustmedia\privdog
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\UninstallTrustedAds.exe"
Estimated size: 46.64 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins

Program executable:trustedadssvc.exe
Name:PrivDog Browser Extension
PrivDog Service
Path:C:\Program Files\adtrustmedia\privdog\\trustedadssvc.exe
Additional files:
  • trustedads.dll - PrivDog Browser Extension (PrivDog Extension)
  • finalizesetup.exe - PrivDog (PrivDog Setup Tool)
  • UninstallTrustedAds.exe
  • PrivDog_chrome.crx
  • PrivDog_dragon.crx

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • trustedads.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PrivDog Extension' with the class of {FB16E5C3-A9E2-47A2-8EFC-319E775E62CC} (PrivDogExtension).
Internet Explorer Extension
  • trustedads.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {2F5C139F-79BD-4C84-A95A-E7140525BC55}.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • trustedadssvc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PrivDogService' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\\trustedadssvc.exe".
  • finalizesetup.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ComodoFSDragon' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AdTrustMedia\PrivDog\FinalizeSetup.exe" /b /d.

How do I remove PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins?

You can uninstall PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins 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 PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins, 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 PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by PrivDog 2 Legacy Browser Plug-ins you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 62%
Keep it 38%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.59%
Windows 10 31.72%
Windows XP 7.05%
Windows Vista 2.64%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.63%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.83%
Windows 8.1 11.06%
Windows 7 Professional 9.73%
Windows 10 Home 8.41%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.72%
  Germany 10.19%
  Italy 6.04%
  United Kingdom 5.66%
  Australia 4.53%
  Netherlands 4.15%
  Sweden 3.02%
  Canada 3.02%
  Poland 3.02%
  France 2.64%
  Austria 1.89%
  Belgium 1.51%
  UA 1.13%
  Russia 1.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.66%
Acer 19.85%
Dell 17.56%
ASUS 12.21%
Toshiba 6.87%
Samsung 4.58%
American Megatrends 3.05%
Lenovo 3.05%
Medion 3.05%
Intel 1.53%
Sony 0.76%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.73%
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 1.82%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 1.82%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 1.82%
ASUS All Series 1.82%
ASUSTeK X550CL 1.82%


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