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What percent of users and experts removed it?
58% remove it42% keep it
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1.5.2 50.00%
1.4.5 50.00%

Shield Antivirus

What is Shield Antivirus?

Sheild AntiVirus is a white-labeled antivirus program that uses the VIPRE/ThreatTrack Security core engine and simply provides a UI and distribution around the product.

About  (from ShieldApps)

Shield antivirus offers protection from all to date viruses, trojans, and spyware. ShieldAV offers active protection from threats and is set to monitor, block, and alert whenever a threat is detected. The software’s light installation process makes it easy to install and will only takes minutes after downloading until ...  Read more


The most common release is 1.5.2, 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. 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 primary executable is named InstCtrl.exe. The setup package generally installs about 42 files and is usually about 259.92 MB (272,548,373 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Shield Antivirus\
Uninstaller: msiexec.exe /x {4B1BC3D3-4C1B-4CFA-836A-60F61D7860F8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 259.92 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shield Antivirus

Program executable:InstCtrl.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Shield Antivirus\InstCtrl.exe
Additional files:
  • ShieldAntivirus.exe - Shield Antivirus
  • Interop.SBAMSvc.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SBAMSvcLib'.
  • betterlistviewexpress-net40cp.dll (by ComponentOwl.com) - Better ListView Express
  • gfiutil.dll (by ThreatTrack Security) - VIPRE Utility Drivers
  • gfiutl32.sys (by ThreatTrack Security) - GFI Utility driver
  • gfiutl64.sys
  • mimepp.dll (by Hunny Software, Inc) - Hunny MIME++ Library (DLL for Hunny MIME++ Library)
  • gfiark.dll - VIPRE Anti-Rootkit
  • gfiark32.sys
  • gfiark64.sys
  • gfiarksh.dll
  • SbHips.dll (by GFI Software) - GFI Firewall SDK (GFI Firewall SDK Host Intrusion Prevention System Library)
  • SBSetupDrivers.exe (by GFI Software) - GFI Firewall SDK Drivers Installer
  • SBTIS.dll - GFI Firewall SDK Transport Inspection System Library
  • ComponentFactory.Krypton.Toolkit.dll (by Component Factory) - Krypton Toolkit (ComponentFactory.Krypton.Toolkit)
  • kbu.dll - VIPRE Antivirus (kbu Dynamic Link Library)
  • Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll (by CodePlex Community) - TaskService (Task Scheduler Wrapper)
  • ApControl.exe - ApControl
  • InstCtrl.exe - InstCtrl
  • Toaster.exe - Toaster
  • Helper.dll - Helper
  • SecDel.exe - SecDel
  • GFI.Tools.Run64.exe - VIPRE (Run64 Application)
  • IncompatiblePrograms.dll
  • oeapiinitcom.dll (by Nektra) - OEAPI (OEAPI oeapiinitcom)
  • oecom.dll (by Nektra) - OEAPI oecom
  • oehook.dll - OEAPI oehook
  • oestore.dll - OEAPI oestore
  • SBAMOutlook.dll - Outlook Antivirus Plugin
  • SBAMSvc.exe - Anti Malware Service
  • SBAMSvcPS.dll - SBAMSvcP Dynamic Link Library
  • sbap.dll - Active Protection Library
  • SBArva.dll - Email Antivirus
  • SBCA.dll - Custom Actions for the Installer
  • SBRC.exe - Registry Cleaner
  • SBTE.dll - Threat Engine Dynamic Link Library
  • Setup.dll - Setup
  • SpursDownload.dll - Spurs Download Dynamic Link Library
  • Ave.dll - Ave
  • Bo.dll - Bo
  • unrar.dll - RAR decompression library

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Toaster.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ShieldAntivirus_Popup' (runs daily at 3:00 PM).
  • SBAMSvc.exe runs as a service named 'ePCheal Antivirus' (SBAMSvc).
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • ShieldAntivirus.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ShieldAppsMain' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Shield Antivirus\ShieldAntivirus.exe" fromscheduler.
  • SBRC.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SBRegRebootCleaner' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Shield Antivirus\SBRC.exe".
  • ApControl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ShieldAppsAV' which loads as C:\Program Files\Shield Antivirus\ApControl.exe.

How do I remove Shield Antivirus?

Quickly and completely remove Shield Antivirus from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Shield Antivirus 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Shield Antivirus, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Shield Antivirus.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 58%
Keep it 42%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 50.00%
Alienware 50.00%


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