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20% remove it80% keep it
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VersionDistribution 94.44% 5.56%

Protection Control Center

What is Protection Control Center?  (from EarthLink)

Parental Control helps you protect your kids from online dangers by giving you direct access to Norton Family. EarthLink Protection Control Center watches for certain types of behavior by the programs that are running on your computer. If a program acts like it's spyware or a virus, it probably is spyware or a virus. W...  Read more


Protection Control Center is a program developed by EarthLink. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The main program executable is mxtask.exe. The software installer includes 43 files and is usually about 186.93 MB (196,008,407 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). The distribution of this has mostly been seen in the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.earthlink.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Earthlink\Protection Control Center\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{E6B55791-BCC3-4653-A8ED-E4A04617C6E6}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409
Estimated size: 186.93 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Protection Control Center

Program executable:mxtask.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\earthlink\protection control center\mxtask.exe
Additional files:
  • AQSetup.dll - Protection Control Center
  • AQSetupUI.dll
  • MainUI.dll
  • LiveUpdateClientTools.dll (by Avanquest Software) - Avanquest Software Online update system (Online update system)
  • ACME.dll (by Avanquest Software) - Virus Scanner
  • ACMEAPTask.dll - ACMEAPTask
  • ACMEEMTask.dll - ACMEEMTask
  • ACMEUpdateTask.dll - ACMEEUpdateTask
  • ActivityMonitor.dll - Activity Monitor Engine
  • AQCommon.dll - Common Functionality
  • AQCommon64.dll
  • aqg.dll - AQG
  • AQSCEngine.dll
  • ASRIOP2.dll
  • AutoUpd.dll - Program Update
  • AVScan.dll - AVScan
  • AVSubTask.dll - AVSubTask
  • AVSupportTool.exe - AV/AS Support Tool
  • BrowserApp.exe - HTML Browser
  • BrwsrWin.dll - BrowserWindow DLL
  • ContextMenuHelper.dll
  • ContextMenuHelper64.dll
  • ContextMenuTheme32.dll - Context Menu Theme
  • ContextMenuTheme64.dll
  • DSEngineUI.dll - Double Anti-Spy Engine Module
  • Firefox3Browser.dll - Internet Browser Engine
  • FWFilter.dll - FWFilter dll
  • InterappTask.dll - Interapp Task
  • ISMAGIC.exe - IStorageMagic storage file editor.
  • MainAppInfo.dll - MainAppInfo
  • CheckSumTool.dll (by BVRP Software) - BVRP Software LiveUpdate (CheckSumTool)
  • csmtpapi.dll (by Catalyst Development) - Catalyst SocketTools (SocketTools Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Library)
  • cswhoapi.dll (by Catalyst Development) - Whois Protocol Library
  • Ionic.Zip.dll (by Dino Chiesa) - DotNetZip Library (Ionic's Zip Library)
  • MetroToast.exe (by VCOM) - MetroToast
  • APMLR.dll - APMLR
  • APMLRX64.dll
  • IAMC.dll (by Avanquest North America) - IAMC (In-Application Messaging Client)
  • bvrpctln.dll - MPT (Custom controls and utilities library)
  • bzip2.exe

How do I remove Protection Control Center?

You can uninstall Protection Control Center 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 Protection Control Center, 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 Protection Control Center.

Win 10 50%
Win Vista (SP2) 6%
Uninstall it 20%
Keep it 80%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 50.00%
Windows 7 44.44%
Windows Vista 5.56%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.89%
Windows 8.1 27.78%
Windows 10 Home 16.67%
Windows 10 Home Insider P... 5.56%
Windows 7 Professional 5.56%
Windows Vista Home Basic 5.56%

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 58.82%
Dell 23.53%
Toshiba 5.88%
Acer 5.88%
ASUS 5.88%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 3647 11.76%
Compaq-Presario AY026AA-A... 11.76%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 11.76%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 5.88%
Hewlett-Packard p7-1012 5.88%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 5.88%


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