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Should I remove Shrew Soft VPN Client?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,934
United States Rank #6,663
Reach 0.0787%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.29 days
657.64 days >
Average installed length: 345.54 days

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Shrew Soft VPN Client

What is Shrew Soft VPN Client?  (from Shrew Soft)

The Shrew Soft VPN Client for Windows is an IPsec Remote Access VPN Client for Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7/8 operating systems ( 32 and 64 bit versions ). It was originally developed to provide secure communications between mobile Windows hosts and open source VPN gateways that utilize standards compliant sof...  Read more


Shrew Soft VPN Client is a software program developed by Shrew Soft. 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. The setup package generally installs about 23 files and is usually about 4.92 MB (5,153,756 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 39% of users of Shrew Soft VPN Client come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.shrew.net/download/vpn
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\shrewsoft\vpn client
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\ShrewSoft\VPN Client\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 4.92 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shrew Soft VPN Client

  • devcfg.exe
  • drvcfg.exe
  • dtpd.exe
  • iked.exe
  • ipseca.exe
  • ipsecc.exe
  • ipsecd.exe
  • ipsect.exe
  • libdtp.dll
  • libidb.dll
  • libike.dll
  • libip.dll
  • libith.dll
  • liblog.dll
  • libpfk.dll
  • libvflt.dll
  • libvnet.dll
  • netcfg.exe
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Services
  • ipsecd.exe runs as a service named 'ipsecd' (ipsecd).
  • iked.exe runs as a service named 'iked' (iked).
  • dtpd.exe runs as a service named 'ShrewSoft DNS Proxy Daemon' (dtpd).

How do I remove Shrew Soft VPN Client?

You can uninstall Shrew Soft VPN Client 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 Shrew Soft VPN Client, 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 Shrew Soft VPN Client.

Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win Vista (SP2) 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.03%
Windows 10 44.20%
Windows XP 1.93%
Windows Vista 0.84%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 25.42%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.88%
Windows 10 Pro 11.19%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.67%
Windows 10 Home 8.02%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.13% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.13%
  Germany 12.67%
  France 6.61%
  Italy 5.66%
  United Kingdom 4.26%
  Netherlands 3.42%
  Canada 2.35%
  Australia 1.57%
  Brazil 1.35%
  Poland 1.35%
  Belgium 1.29%
  Switzerland 1.23%
  Spain 1.23%
  Finland 1.18%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.79%
Hewlett-Packard 27.51%
ASUS 10.48%
Acer 8.89%
Lenovo 7.20%
Samsung 3.60%
Toshiba 3.49%
Intel 2.33%
Alienware 0.85%
Medion 0.74%
Apple 0.53%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.95%
HP ProBook 6560b 2.89%
Dell Latitude E6520 2.63%
ASUS All Series 2.37%
Dell Latitude E6420 2.37%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.84%


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