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Should I remove Silver Key Standard Edition?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26,718
United States Rank #25,784
Reach 0.0061%


4.3 18.33%
4.2 4.17%
4.1.5 19.17%
4.1.4 5.00%
4.1.2 53.33%

Silver Key Standard Edition

What is Silver Key Standard Edition?

Creates self-extracting encrypted files for sending over the Internet.

About  (from Inv Softworks)

If you need to send sensitive data over the Internet you should encrypt it first. Anybody knows this. Right, but what about the other side? You correspondent will probably not like the idea of buying and learning some software just to decrypt your file. No problem here if you are using Silver Key! Right-click the file ...  Read more


Silver Key Standard Edition is a program developed by Inv Softworks. The most used version is 4.1.2, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 skwizard.exe. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 27.86 MB (29,211,943 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 44% of users of Silver Key Standard Edition come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.kryptel.com/products/silverkey.php
Help link: www.kryptel.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Silver Key
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Silver Key\Uninstall.exe" "C:\Program Files\Silver Key\sk4install.log" -u
Estimated size: 27.86 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Silver Key Standard Edition

Program executable:skwizard.exe
Name:Silver Key
Various Silver Key wizards
Path:C:\Program Files\silver key\skwizard.exe
Additional files:
  • Analyzer.exe - Silver Key (Parcel Analyzer)
  • CompleteSkInstallation.exe - The final part of the Silver Key installer that works in non-elevated state.
  • SkCInst64.exe - Called by CompleteInstallation to register SkShx32.dll under Win64 and SkShx64.dll under Win32
  • SkShell.exe - Silver Key Shell (Parcel Creator)
  • SkShowSettings.exe - Silver Key Settings Panel.
  • SkShx.dll - Silver Key context menu and drag-and-drop.
  • SkShx64.dll
  • sku.exe - Silver Key Uninstaller
  • LicenseManager.exe - Kryptel (License Manager)
  • MakeHID.exe - Utility to get hardware ID signature.
  • OpenSettingsDir.exe - Open settings directory in Windows Explorer
  • SetLang.exe - Sets user language during installation (called by installer).
  • Shredder.exe - Kryptel Async Shredding Process
  • ParcelUninstaller.exe
  • SilverKeyIcon.exe
  • SkReq.exe - Request Processor
  • SkRoot.exe - Deskop icon dispatcher.
  • Uninstall.exe - Silver Key Standard Edition

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SkShx.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Silver Key Menu' with a class of {11056249-C369-49CA-B0E8-326B5C32AD3D}.
  • SkShx64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Silver Key Menu' with a class of {11056249-C369-49CA-B0E8-326B5C32AD3D}.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Shredder.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Kryptel Shredder' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Silver Key\Shredder.exe" /startup.

How do I remove Silver Key Standard Edition?

You can uninstall Silver Key Standard Edition 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 Silver Key Standard Edition, 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 Silver Key Standard Edition.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win XP 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.83%
Windows 10 25.83%
Windows XP 12.50%
Windows Vista 5.00%
Windows Server 2003 0.83%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.66%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.41%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.71%
Windows 7 Professional 10.17%
Windows 8.1 6.78%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 5.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.88% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.88%
  Germany 11.51%
  France 5.04%
  Canada 5.04%
  United Kingdom 4.32%
  Belgium 2.88%
  Australia 2.88%
  Netherlands 2.16%
  Turkey 2.16%
  Italy 2.16%
  Brazil 1.44%
  Taiwan 1.44%
  Switzerland 1.44%
  Finland 1.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Dell 18.06%
Acer 16.67%
ASUS 8.33%
Medion 6.94%
Lenovo 5.56%
Intel 2.78%
Compaq 2.78%
MSI 1.39%
Samsung 1.39%
Toshiba 1.39%
Common models
Dell XPS 8300 3.23%
ASUSTeK K54C 3.23%
HP Pavilion dv8 Notebook ... 2.15%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.15%
Dell Dell System Inspir... 2.15%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.15%


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