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1% remove it99% keep it
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2.0 80.00% 2.22% 17.78%



ShellExtension is a software program developed by FirmTools. The most common release is 2.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 ftsopt.exe. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 702.56 KB (719,426 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 41% of users of ShellExtension come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.firmtools.com/go/?shell
Help link: www.firmtools.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\FirmTools\ShellExtension
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\FirmTools\ShellExtension\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 702.56 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by ShellExtension

Program executable:ftsopt.exe
Name:FirmTools ShellExtension Configuration
ShellExtension Options
Path:C:\Program Files\firmtools\shellextension\ftsopt.exe
Additional files:
  • shellext.dll - FirmTools ShellExtension
  • firmconv.dll - File Convertor
  • Uninstall.exe - ShellExtension (FirmTools ShellExtension installation file)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • shellext.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'FirmConvert' with a class of {70F51CDA-99D4-4e65-8743-85AEBE9F8263}.

How do I remove ShellExtension?

You can uninstall ShellExtension 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 ShellExtension, 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 ShellExtension.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win XP 2%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.11%
Windows XP 33.33%
Windows Vista 11.11%
Windows 10 4.44%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 33.33%
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.89%
Windows 7 Professional 13.33%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.89%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.89%
Windows 10 Home 4.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.74% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.74%
  Germany 16.67%
  Australia 9.26%
  Japan 7.41%
  Czech Republic 3.70%
  Uruguay 1.85%
  Belgium 1.85%
  Switzerland 1.85%
  Korea 1.85%
  Sweden 1.85%
  India 1.85%
  Spain 1.85%
  Netherlands 1.85%
  Croatia 1.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 21.21%
Hewlett-Packard 18.18%
ASUS 15.15%
Intel 12.12%
American Megatrends 12.12%
Medion 6.06%
Lenovo 6.06%
Sahara 3.03%
NEC 3.03%
Acer 3.03%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7091 6.06%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 3.03%
MSI MS-7798 3.03%
MSI MS-7610 3.03%
MSI MS-7592 3.03%


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