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Should I remove PrivacyControl?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
64% remove it36% keep it
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VersionDistribution 100.00%

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What is PrivacyControl?  (from 2Squared Software)

PrivacyControl is a malware & spyware removal utility that detects, removes and protects your PC from thousands of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, spybots and tracking threats.


PrivacyControl is a software program developed by 2Squared Software. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named Launcher.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package is about 1.86 MB (1,945,110 bytes) when donwloaded. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 80% of users of PrivacyControl come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PrivacyControl.
Launcher.exe (f80f4d359aa01b8228016df5cb8bc835) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2011.08.14 Win-Adware/Rogue.PrivacyControl.685288
Comodo Security 9747 ApplicUnsaf.Win32.FraudTool.PrivacyControl.~B
K7 AntiVirus 13.105010 Trojan
McAfee 5600.7237 Generic PUP.x
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7237 Generic PUP.x
ESET NOD32 6377 probably a variant of Win32/Adware.Agent.IBPOENB
Sophos 4.67 Mal/Generic-L
Trend Micro 10.465.24 Mal_FakeAV-13
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.297 Mal_FakeAV-13
PrivacyShell.dll (6e7ea0c053c35c4d7b370c92834dba6e) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2011.08.14.00 Win-Adware/Rogue.PrivacyControl.1225960
Comodo Security 9747 ApplicUnsaf.Win32.FraudTool.PrivacyControl.~C
McAfee 5.400.0.1158 Artemis!6E7EA0C053C3
McAfee-GW-Edition 2010.1D Artemis!6E7EA0C053C3
ESET NOD32 6377 Win32/Adware.PrivacyControl
Norman 6.07.10 W32/FakeAV.W!genr
Panda Antivirus Adware/PrivacyControl
Vba32 AntiVirus Adware.PrivacyControl
       View all 17 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: 2squared.com/products.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PrivacyControl\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{1642604C-7D14-4EB5-B4A1-7C4C7BB59D6B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.86 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by PrivacyControl

Program executable:Launcher.exe (Malware detected)
PrivacyControl Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\PrivacyControl\Launcher.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) PrivacyShell.dll - PrivacyControl Shell Extension
  • (Malware detected) Launcher.exe - Launcher (PrivacyControl Launcher)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • PrivacyShell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'PrivacyShellExt' with a class of {6D642CFA-40F8-4AE0-9144-538BC1D725E4}.

How do I remove PrivacyControl?

You can uninstall PrivacyControl 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 PrivacyControl, 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 PrivacyControl.
  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 50%
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Uninstall it 64%
Keep it 36%
United States

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 100.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.00%
  United Kingdom 20.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 50.00%
Dell 50.00%


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