84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove Recuva?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #119
United States Rank #225
Reach 3.7984%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.07 days
415.14 days >
Average installed length: 218.13 days


1.53 9.31%
1.52 14.62%
1.51 24.81%
1.50 5.36%
1.49 4.84%
1.48 6.58%
1.47 4.66%
1.46 4.27%
1.45 3.61%
1.44 5.15%
1.43 4.65%
1.42 4.75%
1.41 0.83%
1.40 2.39%
1.39 0.92%
1.38 1.24%
1.37 1.05%
1.36 0.25%
1.35 0.11%
1.34 0.31%
1, 42, 0, 544 0.00%


What is Recuva?

Recuva is a data recovery program and is able to recover files that have been "permanently" deleted and marked by the operating system as free space. As with other file recovery programs Recuva works by looking for unreferenced data, but if the operating system has written new data over a deleted file then recovery will often not be possible.

About  (from Piriform)

Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. Deleted a file by mistake? Recuva brings lost files on your computer, USB drive, camera or iPod. Emptied y...  Read more


The most common release is 1.51, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named recuva64.exe. The setup package generally installs about 58 files and is usually about 2.13 MB (2,233,664 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.piriform.com/recuva
Help link: www.piriform.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Recuva
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Recuva\uninst.exe"
Estimated size: 2.13 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Recuva

Program executable:recuva64.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\recuva\recuva64.exe
Additional files:
  • rcsetup142.exe - Recuva (Recuva Installer)
  • rcsetup147.exe
  • recuva.exe
  • Recuva_v1.51.1063.exe
  • RecuvaShell.dll - Recuva shell extensions
  • RecuvaShell64.dll
  • uninst.exe
  • branding.dll - branding Dynamic Link Library

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • recuva.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F6941D02-F449-4BAA-B3C5-F89A069AE2BA}' (runs on registration).
  • recuva64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{13750CEE-DFD3-4E13-A342-45EEE3BFA6AD}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Recuva.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Recuva\Recuva.exe'.

How do I remove Recuva?

You can uninstall Recuva 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 Recuva, 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 Recuva.

Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win 8.1 0%
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.40%
Windows 10 33.40%
Windows XP 5.89%
Windows Vista 4.27%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.79%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.13%
Windows 7 Professional 11.48%
Windows 10 Home 9.45%
Windows 8.1 6.19%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.59% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.59%
  Germany 12.85%
  France 5.23%
  Italy 4.94%
  United Kingdom 4.73%
  Brazil 2.67%
  Netherlands 2.64%
  Canada 2.27%
  Spain 1.96%
  India 1.60%
  Belgium 1.53%
  Australia 1.46%
  DZ 1.13%
  Russia 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.61%
Dell 20.03%
Acer 18.38%
ASUS 11.18%
Toshiba 5.02%
Lenovo 4.21%
Samsung 3.84%
Medion 2.56%
Intel 1.70%
American Megatrends 1.08%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.39%
ASUS All Series 6.26%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.94%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.74%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.19%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.09%

About Piriform

Piriform is develops software for the Microsoft Windows whose products include CCleaner, Recuva, Defraggler, and Speccy.
Publisher URL: www.piriform.com

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Beauregard over a year ago
Another goodie brought to you by the folks at Piriform. Two that are quintessential classics: CCleaner Pro; Speccy (free). Haven't used Recuva in a few years. It worked when it did. Just installed the latest version on Windows 7 Ultimate. Haven't tested it yet, but Piriform is pretty reliable. Wish I had an Apple computer. (sigh)