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Should I remove Soda PDF?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
19% remove it81% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,469
United States Rank #29,919
Reach 0.0087%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.63 days
549.53 days >
Average installed length: 288.74 days


VersionDistribution 8.14% 0.58% 0.58% 5.23% 3.49% 21.51% 3.49% 2.33%
1.2.76 2.91%
1.2.36 1.74%
1.2.26 48.84%
1.1.58 1.16%

Soda PDF

What is Soda PDF?  (from LULU Software)

Soda PDF 6 is fast, lightweight and the first fully modular PDF application. Load your PDF software only with the modules you need, saving time as well as money! Soda PDF 6 comes with a free built-in PDF reader and you can add a free Create Module to it as well. You can pick from our easy to use modules, Convert, Edit...  Read more


Soda PDF is a software program developed by LULU Software. The most common release is 1.2.26, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. 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). 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 PreviewerSurrogate.exe. The setup package generally installs about 67 files and is usually about 83.94 MB (88,017,144 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 46% of users of Soda PDF come from Germany, it is also popular in the United States and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.sodapdf.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Soda PDF\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{81A1D340-F5CD-4197-9B73-19645E858BBA}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 83.94 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Soda PDF

Program executable:PreviewerSurrogate.exe
Soda PDF Previewer
Path:C:\Program Files\Soda PDF\PreviewerSurrogate.exe
Additional files:
  • TwainWrapper.dll - TwainWrapper Dynamic Link Library
  • ConversionService.exe - ConversionService (PDF Conversion Service)
  • AxPDFReader.dll - Soda PDF ActiveX
  • PDFIEPlugin.dll - Soda PDF Toolbar
  • PDFIEHelper.dll - Soda PDF Helper
  • HelperService.exe - Helper Service (PDF Helper Service)
  • Advertiser.exe - Advertiser (Advertiser Application)
  • Soda PDF 5.exe - Soda PDF 5 (Soda PDF 5 Application)
  • GettingStarted.dll - Soda PDF (Soda PDF Getting Started)
  • Soda PDF.exe - Soda PDF Application
  • ContextMenuExt.dll
  • Graphics.dll
  • PDFPreviewer.dll
  • PDFServerEngine.exe
  • PreviewerSurrogate.exe
  • NPSodaPDFPreviewerPlugin.dll - FireFox Soda PDF Previewer (Previewer of pdf documents.)
  • ps2pdf.exe (by VeryDOC (http://www.verydoc.com)) - VeryDOC PSTools (http://www.verydoc.com)
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • libcurl.dll (by The cURL library, http://curl.haxx.se/) - The cURL library (libcurl Shared Library)
  • FdfTk.dll (by Adobe Systems) - FdfTk (FDF Toolkit)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ContextMenuExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SodaPDFExtension' with a class of {652B76E8-F147-4001-8A66-644498B96542}.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • PDFIEHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Soda PDF Helper' with the class of {5CFCAFF6-5BB0-4864-B626-021C99ED82E5}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • PDFIEPlugin.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Soda PDF Toolbar' with the class of {980EB9EC-6EB5-4258-BDDB-EFE25C5F99EF}.
Scheduled Task
  • Soda PDF.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4FF757D0-9CA5-4847-8A80-730E60051775}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • HelperService.exe runs as a service named 'Soda PDF Helper Service' (Soda PDF Helper Service).
  • ConversionService.exe runs as a service named 'Soda PDF Service' (Soda PDF Service).

How do I remove Soda PDF?

You can uninstall Soda PDF 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 Soda PDF, 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 Soda PDF.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Soda PDF you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 19%
Keep it 81%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.09%
Windows Vista 14.53%
Windows XP 8.14%
Windows 10 5.23%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.59%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.12%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 13.53%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.24%
Windows 7 Professional 5.88%
Windows 10 Pro 1.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.20% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 46.20%
  United States 24.46%
  Italy 8.70%
  Switzerland 2.72%
  France 2.17%
  Canada 1.63%
  United Kingdom 1.09%
  Austria 1.09%
  Belgium 1.09%
  Australia 1.09%
  Spain 1.09%
  Brazil 0.54%
  DZ 0.54%
  Netherlands 0.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Medion 26.04%
Hewlett-Packard 20.83%
Acer 15.63%
Dell 14.58%
Toshiba 8.33%
Samsung 3.13%
American Megatrends 3.13%
Lenovo 3.13%
Packard Bell 1.04%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7502 3.45%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.59%
HP Pavilion P6000 Series 2.59%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.59%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 2.59%
MEDIONPC MS-7621 2.59%

About (from LULU Software)

LULU SOFTWARE creates simple and hard-working software for your PC. We appreciate that for most people technology is a headache — they just want it to work.
Publisher URL: lulusoftware.com


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