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Should I remove Soda PDF 5?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
51% remove it49% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,829
United States Rank #13,211
Reach 0.0809%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 26.23 days
773.79 days >
Average installed length: 406.57 days


VersionDistribution 4.64% 19.51% 1.69% 0.44% 1.25% 0.06% 19.32% 53.07%

Soda PDF 5

What is Soda PDF 5?

Soda PDF bundles the AVG Toolbar during installation. "During the Soda PDF installation process, the AVG Secure Search offer is presented to the users. This offer is optional and can be uninstalled by following the regular software uninstall process from the control panel." The bundle is paid out by AVG's marketing subsiduary (AVG, Visionize Ltd) at about $1 per instal.

About  (from LULU Software)

Enhance the way you communicate with PDF documents. Soda PDF is fast, powerful, exceptionally easy to use and can handle any PDF task that you throw at it. oda PDF is equipped with all the tools you need to open, read, create,
convert, edit, secure, print and share any PDF document. Easy to use and loaded with fea...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is PDFServerEngine.exe. The software installer includes 71 files and is usually about 92.77 MB (97,276,788 bytes).
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
Soda PDF 5 has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: LULU SOFTWARE LIMITED
URL: sodapdf.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Soda PDF 5\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{4E9B5BFE-856B-4C3A-BE90-4547DC255B22}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 92.77 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Soda PDF 5

Program executable:PDFServerEngine.exe
Name:Soda PDF 5 Server Engine
Path:C:\Program Files\Soda PDF 5\PDFServerEngine.exe
Additional files:
  • ContextMenuExt.dll - Soda PDF 5 Shell Extension
  • PDFServerEngine.exe - Soda PDF 5 Server Engine
  • PDFPreviewer.dll - Soda PDF 5 Previewer
  • PreviewerSurrogate.exe
  • AxPDFReader.dll - Soda PDF 5 ActiveX
  • PDFIEPlugin.dll - Soda PDF 5 Toolbar
  • ConversionService.exe - ConversionService (Soda PDF 5 Conversion Service)
  • PDFIEHelper.dll - Soda PDF Helper
  • HelperService.exe - Helper Service (Soda PDF 5 Helper Service)
  • EBook.dll - Soda® PDF 5
  • Graphics.dll
  • GuiFramework.dll
  • ps2pdf.exe
  • TwainWrapper.dll
  • ConversionServiceProxyDll.dll - Soda PDF 5 (Soda PDF 5 Conversion Service Proxy Module)
  • GettingStarted.dll - Soda PDF 5 Getting Started
  • HtmlGUI.dll - Soda PDF 5 HtmlGUI Module
  • Soda PDF 5.exe - Soda PDF 5 Application
  • Soda PDF 5.oldexe
  • Translator.dll - Soda PDF 5 Translator Module
  • 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 {A0F0A29A-1D9A-4FF8-AB02-42698B04534C}.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • PDFIEHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Soda PDF 5 IE Helper' with the class of {C737F472-1193-4281-BF53-A00B67AB3E19}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • PDFIEPlugin.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Soda PDF 5 IE Toolbar' with the class of {F335ABA2-FDB4-4644-92B2-5CC4B0FC91D6}.
Scheduled Task
  • Soda PDF 5.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CBA8DDFC-DF2B-4DD1-9673-E4F59A3E7283}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • HelperService.exe runs as a service named 'Soda PDF 5 Helper Service' (Soda PDF 5 Helper Service).
  • ConversionService.exe runs as a service named 'Soda PDF 5 Service' (Soda PDF 5 Service).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.66 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002295634%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00014226%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00008730%
0.015104% average
Memory:1.66 MB
User CPU:0.00000311%

How do I remove Soda PDF 5?

You can uninstall Soda PDF 5 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 5, 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 5.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Soda PDF 5 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win XP 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 51%
Keep it 49%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.89%
Windows 10 25.77%
Windows Vista 4.39%
Windows XP 3.95%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.35%
Windows 7 Professional 10.49%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.30%
Windows 8.1 6.38%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.11%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.79%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.74% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 52.74%
  United States 13.72%
  Italy 3.45%
  France 2.15%
  Brazil 1.91%
  United Kingdom 1.78%
  Austria 1.66%
  Belgium 1.42%
  India 1.42%
  Canada 1.42%
  Netherlands 1.17%
  Australia 1.05%
  Spain 1.05%
  MA 0.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Medion 22.11%
Acer 19.89%
Hewlett-Packard 16.67%
Dell 13.00%
ASUS 10.78%
Samsung 5.56%
Lenovo 3.11%
American Megatrends 1.33%
Intel 1.22%
Toshiba 1.11%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7728 4.86%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 3.97%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.53%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 3.31%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.09%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.65%

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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