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What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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United States Rank #40,564
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1.1.0 91.43%
1.0.1 8.57%

Shell Tools


Shell Tools is a program developed by Moon Software. The most used version is 1.1.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is shelltools.exe. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 2.53 MB (2,651,120 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 53% of users of Shell Tools come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Taiwan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.moonsoftware.com
Help link: www.moonsoftware.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Moon Software\Shell Tools\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{B4D94265-AA98-4808-8F68-3ECC69C5A09A}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.53 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Shell Tools

Program executable:shelltools.exe
Name:Shell Tools
Shell Tools options
Path:C:\Program Files\moon software\shell tools\shelltools.exe
Additional files:
  • RegisterServer.exe - RegisterServer (RegisterServer helper (Shell Tools))
  • AnyFileShellExt.dll - Shell Tools (AnyFile shell context menu extension)
  • FolderBackgroundShellExt.dll - FolderBackground shell context menu extension
  • FontFileShellExt.dll - FontFile shell context menu extension
  • FontLoader.exe - FontLoader helper (Shell Tools)
  • FreshIcons.exe - Fresh Icons (Notify Windows to reload icons)
  • RegisterServerShellExt.dll - RegisterServer shell context menu extension
  • UrlFileShellExt.dll - UrlFile shell context menu extension
  • FontLoaderSysTray.exe - FontLoader (FontLoader tray module)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • AnyFileShellExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'ShellToolsAnyFile' with a class of {A213C735-BB12-4FB2-89DA-FC782B6C7D01}.
Startup File (User Run)
  • FontLoaderSysTray.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'FontLoader' and executes as C:\Program Files\Moon Software\Shell Tools\FontLoaderSysTray.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • FontLoaderSysTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FontLoader' which loads as C:\Program Files\Moon Software\Shell Tools\FontLoaderSysTray.exe.

How do I remove Shell Tools?

You can uninstall Shell Tools 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 Shell Tools, 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 Shell Tools.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 7 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.00%
Windows XP 25.71%
Windows Vista 14.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 27.27%
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.24%
Windows 7 Professional 21.21%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.12%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.09%
Windows 7 Enterprise 3.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.49%
  France 9.30%
  Taiwan 6.98%
  Netherlands 4.65%
  Australia 2.33%
  Brazil 2.33%
  Canada 2.33%
  Germany 2.33%
  United Kingdom 2.33%
  Greece 2.33%
  India 2.33%
  Mexico 2.33%
  RS 2.33%
  Russia 2.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 34.48%
Dell 13.79%
American Megatrends 10.34%
Toshiba 10.34%
Acer 6.90%
ASUS 6.90%
Samsung 3.45%
Intel 3.45%
Common models
MSI MS-7309 7.69%
Unknow Unknow 3.85%
TOSHIBA Satellite M40 3.85%
TOSHIBA Satellite L850 3.85%
Samsung RC530/RC730 3.85%


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