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Should I remove Shadow Defender?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,836
United States Rank #8,497
Reach 0.0806%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.76 days
435.46 days >
Average installed length: 228.80 days


VersionDistribution 0.38% 1.32% 0.38% 2.20% 1.32% 1.01% 4.28% 0.19% 0.88% 0.19% 0.88% 0.44% 0.13% 0.38% 0.50% 5.92% 1.51% 1.20% 1.95% 0.76% 3.21% 4.66% 1.76% 0.88% 0.69% 3.02% 8.12% 0.44% 9.88% 1.32% 2.27% 0.82% 16.49% 2.83% 0.82% 3.08% 1.26% 7.68% 1.01% 2.20% 0.06% 0.06% 1.64%

Shadow Defender

What is Shadow Defender?  (from ShadowDefender.com)

Shadow Defender is an easy-to-use security solution (for Windows operating systems) that protects your PC/laptop real environment against malicious activities and unwanted changes. Shadow Defender can run your system in a virtual environment called 'Shadow Mode'. 'Shadow Mode' redirects each system change to a virtual ...  Read more


Shadow Defender is a software program developed by ShadowDefender.com. 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. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named defender.exe. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 3.12 MB (3,269,622 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 28% of users of Shadow Defender come from the United States, it is also popular in Russia and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ShadowDefender.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\shadow defender
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Shadow Defender\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.12 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shadow Defender

Program executable:defender.exe
Name:Shadow Defender
Shadow Defender Application
Path:C:\Program Files\shadow defender\defender.exe
Additional files:
  • Service.exe - Service Application (Shadow Defender Service Application)
  • Commit.exe - Shadow Defender (Shadow Defender Commit Handler)
  • DefenderDaemon.exe - Shadow Defender Daemon Application
  • dfmon.exe
  • ShellExt.dll - Shadow Defender Shell Extension
  • CmdTool.exe
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ShellExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'DefenderContextMenuExt' with a class of {5EE8E9E6-2853-4D28-B2DE-6529EDA0A294}.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • DefenderDaemon.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Shadow Defender Daemon_Reg_HKLMRun.
  • Service.exe runs as a service named 'Shadow Defender Service' ({0CBD4F48-3751-475D-BE88-4F271385B672}).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • DefenderDaemon.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Shadow Defender Daemon' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Shadow Defender\DefenderDaemon.exe" /Auto.

How do I remove Shadow Defender?

You can uninstall Shadow Defender 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 Shadow Defender, 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 Shadow Defender.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.87%
Windows 10 30.44%
Windows XP 9.06%
Windows Vista 1.51%
Windows Server 2003 0.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.76%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.58%
Windows 7 Professional 10.55%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.16%
Windows 10 Pro 7.08%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.38%

Distribution by countryGeography

27.57% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 27.57%
  Russia 7.83%
  Germany 5.61%
  Poland 3.21%
  UA 3.21%
  Philippines 2.80%
  Indonesia 2.51%
  United Kingdom 2.39%
  Spain 2.22%
  Italy 2.10%
  DZ 2.10%
  MA 2.04%
  Canada 1.99%
  Saudi Arabia 1.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.00%
Acer 17.56%
Dell 16.89%
ASUS 12.56%
Lenovo 6.33%
Toshiba 5.11%
Samsung 3.67%
Intel 3.56%
American Megatrends 1.22%
Sahara 1.00%
MSI 0.67%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.65%
ASUS All Series 4.39%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 4.13%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.36%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.10%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.84%


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