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VersionDistribution 54.78% 24.84% 5.73% 14.65%

Protector Suite 2012

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What is Protector Suite 2012?  (from AuthenTec)

Protector Suite is biometric software that protects the security of your data through the use of fingerprint authentication. Fingerprint authentication is performed by scanning your finger on a fingerprint sensor. After installing the software and restarting your computer you will need to enroll your fingerprints to cr...  Read more


Protector Suite 2012 is a software program developed by AuthenTec. 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. The primary executable is named ctlcntrv.exe. The setup package generally installs about 56 files and is usually about 942.77 KB (965,399 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 51% of users of Protector Suite 2012 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.authentec.com/Downloads/Windows/ProtectorSuite.aspx
Help link: www.authentec.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Protector Suite\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{0499B2B1-3770-4CD9-AA85-AB20E0D764D3}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 942.77 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Protector Suite 2012

Program executable:ctlcntrv.exe
Name:Protector Suite 2012
Fingerprint Software Application
Path:C:\Program Files\protector suite\ctlcntrv.exe
Additional files:
  • aalaunch.dll - Protector Suite 2012 (Application Launcher module for Fingerprint Software Application)
  • aewallet.dll - EWallet module for Fingerprint Software Application
  • applaun.dll - Application launcher applet
  • apwdbank.dll - PasswordBank module for Fingerprint Software Application
  • asafe.dll - File and Personal Safe module for Fingerprint Software Application
  • aspwdgen.dll - Strong Password Generator module for Fingerprint Software Application
  • bio.dll - Biometrics support
  • biokmd.dll - Bio encryption module
  • bpwb.dll - WinBio Bio Provider
  • capikey.dll - Data encryption module using CryptoAPI
  • ewapplet.dll - EWallet Tray Applet
  • farchns.dll - PSQL file safe
  • fdhome.dll - MySafe FileDisk Library
  • fsdelev.dll - Fingerprint Software Deelevator for Windows Vista
  • fselev.exe - Fingerprint Software Elevator for Windows Vista
  • homefus2.dll - PS QL Logon Kernel
  • homepass.dll - LocalPassport
  • infcore.dll - Data encryption module using Infineon TPM hardware
  • infql2.dll - Infrastructure utility library
  • IntroWnd.exe - Fingerprint Software Application
  • launcher.exe - Fingerprint Launcher
  • mplaylib.dll
  • ms2fs.dll - PS QL MS2FS Converter
  • ms2fs.exe - PS QL MS2FS Launcher
  • ntrucore.dll - Data encryption module using TPM hardware
  • pbclr.dll - Password Bank WPF helper
  • PbDnSup.dll - Password Bank Dot Net Helper
  • pbregv.exe - Password Bank Registration Wizard
  • pgloader.exe - Page Loader Program for Fingerprint Software Application
  • provider.dll - Windows Vista and Windows 7 Credential Provider
  • psqlpwd.dll - Logon stub
  • psqltray.dll - Protector Suite QL Tray Application
  • psqltray.exe - Fingerprint Tray Application
  • psver.dll - Protector Suite QL
  • pwdbank.dll - Password Bank
  • pwdkmd.dll - Password encryption module
  • qlbase.dll - Common PSQL utility library
  • qlclr.dll - QL Infra Sharp
  • qlclrsrv.dll - Ql Infra Sharp on server
  • spgappl.dll - SPG Tray Applet
  • startmui.exe - PS QL Help Launcher
  • tpminit.dll - TPM initialization library
  • tpmkey.dll
  • tsscore.dll
  • upeksvr.exe - Fingerprint Server Process for Vista
  • upektut.exe
  • upekTutImages.dll - Images library module for Fingerprint Software Application
  • vtapipql.dll - VTAPI+ Interface
  • vti.dll - PS QL API interface
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • Interop.WMPLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WMPLib'.
  • AxInterop.WMPLib.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • launcher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'launcher.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Protector Suite\launcher.exe" /startup.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:119.46 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0155106678%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00782536%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00768531%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:2.82 MB
Total CPU:0.0016477553%
Kernel CPU:0.00109850%
User CPU:0.00054925%
Memory:29.7 MB
Total CPU:0.0030201626%
Kernel CPU:0.00099755%
User CPU:0.00202261%

How do I remove Protector Suite 2012?

Quickly and completely remove Protector Suite 2012 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Protector Suite 2012 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 Protector Suite 2012, 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 Protector Suite 2012.

Win 10 51%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 50.96%
Windows 7 48.41%
Windows XP 0.64%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.66%
Windows 7 Professional 15.92%
Windows 8 Pro 12.74%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.92%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.92%
Windows 10 Pro 8.28%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.85% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.85%
  Germany 10.73%
  Italy 5.08%
  France 3.39%
  Australia 2.26%
  Netherlands 2.26%
  Canada 2.26%
  United Kingdom 2.26%
  India 1.69%
  Iran 1.69%
  Turkey 1.69%
  Brazil 1.13%
  RS 1.13%
  Mexico 1.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 27.27%
Dell 20.78%
Hewlett-Packard 15.58%
ASUS 10.39%
Acer 5.19%
Lenovo 3.90%
Toshiba 2.60%
MSI 2.60%
Apple 1.30%
Medion 1.30%
Intel 1.30%
Common models
ASUS All Series 5.74%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.28%
Dell Studio XPS 435MT 2.46%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.46%
CLEVO P170HMx 1.64%
Dell XPS 8300 1.64%

About AuthenTec

AuthenTec manufactures fingerprint authentication sensors for personal computers, wireless devices, and building security.
Publisher URL: www.authentec.com


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