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Should I remove RefreshPC?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
42% remove it58% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,313
United States Rank #12,391
Reach 0.0715%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.43 days
160.14 days >
Average installed length: 84.14 days


2.0 83.97%
1.0 16.03%


What is RefreshPC?

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About  (from WareSoft Software)

Reset your PC's settings safely and easily. RefreshPC is a utility to return select registry settings and all Windows services to their default state. RefreshPC is a very easy to use and safe utility for fixing misconfigurations in your services and in the registry itself.

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The most common release is 2.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this 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 refreshpc.exe. The setup package generally installs about 2 files and is usually about 1006.71 KB (1,030,872 bytes).
RefreshPC has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.xp-smoker.com/refreshpc.html
Help link: www.xp-smoker.com/contact.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\RefreshPC\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\RefreshPC\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 1006.71 KB

Program filesFiles installed by RefreshPC

Program executable:refreshpc.exe
RefreshPC for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Windows 8
Path:C:\Program Files\refreshpc\refreshpc.exe
Additional files:
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • refreshpc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\RefreshPC\refreshpc.exe'.

How do I remove RefreshPC?

You can uninstall RefreshPC 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 RefreshPC, 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 RefreshPC.

Uninstall it 42%
Keep it 58%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.57%
Windows 10 20.96%
Windows XP 9.07%
Windows Vista 3.40%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 31.64%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.90%
Windows 7 Professional 12.53%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.95%
Windows 10 Home 4.15%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.51%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.51%
  Italy 13.49%
  MA 9.89%
  France 9.46%
  DZ 7.13%
  Russia 4.31%
  Egypt 3.67%
  TN 2.90%
  IQ 2.90%
  United Kingdom 2.75%
  Saudi Arabia 2.47%
  Spain 1.48%
  Germany 1.41%
  UA 1.34%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.52%
Acer 21.26%
Dell 18.12%
ASUS 9.18%
Toshiba 7.37%
Samsung 5.07%
Lenovo 3.99%
Intel 2.05%
Compaq 1.33%
American Megatrends 0.97%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.09%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.58%
HP Compaq dc7600 Small Fo... 2.80%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 2.54%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.54%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.29%

About (from WareSoft Software)

We create utilities to help cleanup and repair your Windows™ installation.
Publisher URL: www.xp-smoker.com


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