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Should I remove Privoxy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,898
United States Rank #8,461
Reach 0.0367%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.86 days
231.99 days >
Average installed length: 121.89 days


What is Privoxy?  (from Privoxy Developers)

Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk. Privoxy has a flexible configuration and can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes. It has applicat...  Read more


Privoxy is a software program developed by Privoxy Developers. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 1.83 MB (1,913,877 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 57% of users of Privoxy come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.privoxy.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\privoxy
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Privoxy\privoxy_uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 1.83 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Privoxy

  • privoxy.exe (by The Privoxy team - www.privoxy.org) - Privoxy
  • privoxy_uninstall.exe
  • mgwz.dll
  • privoxy_setup_3.0.19.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • privoxy.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7662B954-9897-4C55-9BC7-5FAD58CB2C93}' (runs on registration).
  • privoxy.exe runs as a service named 'Privoxy ([:Privoxy])' ([:Privoxy]).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • privoxy.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Privoxy Torrent' which loads as C:\Program Files\Privoxy\privoxy.exe configfile "C:\Program Files\Privoxy\config.txt".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • privoxy.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Privoxy\privoxy.exe'.
Network connections
  • privoxy.exe connects to a23-9-167-61.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 443).
  • privoxy.exe connects to yh-in-f84.1e100.net ( port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.46 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0032696390%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00282326%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00044638%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,063,799
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1007 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Privoxy?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.57%
Windows 8 23.06%
Windows XP 7.95%
Windows Vista 5.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.23%
Windows 7 Professional 12.30%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.81%
Windows 8.1 6.64%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.47%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.89% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.89%
  United Kingdom 5.13%
  France 4.65%
  Germany 3.85%
  Canada 2.56%
  Italy 2.40%
  Australia 1.44%
  Belgium 1.12%
  Brazil 1.12%
  Mexico 1.12%
  Netherlands 1.12%
  China 0.96%
  Spain 0.96%
  Japan 0.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.84%
Dell 20.32%
Acer 17.10%
ASUS 12.58%
Lenovo 4.19%
Toshiba 4.19%
Intel 2.90%
Samsung 2.58%
Alienware 1.94%
Sahara 1.29%
Medion 0.97%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.55%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.77%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.52%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.52%
ASUS All Series 1.89%
ASUSTeK 1005HA 1.89%


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