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Should I remove Soda PDF OCR?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,639
United States Rank #18,512
Reach 0.0194%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.89 days
380.20 days >
Average installed length: 199.77 days


VersionDistribution 89.30% 2.61% 7.83% 0.26%

Typically installed together



Soda PDF OCR is a program developed by LULU Software. 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 HelperService.exe. The software installer includes 75 files. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 29% of users of Soda PDF OCR come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Soda PDF\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{50BCD7D1-278B-4CA8-BE45-1A4830FEC5E7}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Soda PDF OCR

  • 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)
  • GettingStarted.dll - Soda PDF (Soda PDF Getting Started)
  • Soda PDF.exe - Soda PDF Application
  • ContextMenuExt.dll
  • Graphics.dll
  • PDFPreviewer.dll
  • PDFServerEngine.exe
  • PreviewerSurrogate.exe
  • Soda PDF 5.exe - White Icon Set
  • ConversionServiceProxyDll.dll - Soda PDF 2012 (Soda PDF 2012 Conversion Service Proxy Module)
  • GuiFramework.dll
  • HtmlGUI.dll - Soda PDF 2012 HtmlGUI Module
  • ps2pdf.exe
  • Soda PDF 2011.exe - Soda PDF 2011 (Soda PDF 2011 Application)
  • Soda PDF 2012.exe - Soda PDF 2012 Application
  • Translator.dll - Soda PDF 2012 Translator Module
  • EBook.dll - Soda® PDF 5
  • Soda PDF 5.oldexe - Soda PDF 5 (Soda PDF 5 Application)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ContextMenuExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SodaPDFExtension' with a class of {5477fca3-91ce-419b-82df-bc8b5f9dc6b7}.
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}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Soda PDF 5.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CBA8DDFC-DF2B-4DD1-9673-E4F59A3E7283}' (runs on registration).
  • Soda PDF 2012.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D3263189-8A4D-4AE7-A33F-5E01A5403383}' (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).

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 OCR?

You can uninstall Soda PDF OCR 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 OCR, 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 OCR.

How do I reset my web browser?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Server 2003 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.05%
Windows 10 37.34%
Windows XP 6.53%
Windows Vista 1.83%
Windows Server 2003 0.26%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.02%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.97%
Windows 7 Professional 10.70%
Windows 10 Pro 7.83%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.79%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.53%

Distribution by countryGeography

28.88% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 28.88%
  Germany 19.33%
  Italy 5.49%
  France 3.34%
  India 3.10%
  Russia 2.86%
  United Kingdom 2.63%
  BD 2.15%
  Canada 2.15%
  Belgium 1.91%
  Australia 1.91%
  Brazil 1.67%
  Greece 1.67%
  Malaysia 1.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.90%
Acer 19.40%
Dell 16.92%
ASUS 12.44%
Medion 7.46%
Lenovo 5.47%
Toshiba 5.47%
American Megatrends 1.99%
Samsung 1.49%
Intel 1.49%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.77%
ASUS All Series 2.26%
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R 2.26%
Acer Aspire 5738 1.50%
Acer Aspire 5930 1.50%
ASUSTeK CM6870 1.50%

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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