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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 #15,386
United States Rank #16,060
Reach 0.0182%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.21 days
124.31 days >
Average installed length: 65.31 days


VersionDistribution 0.28% 0.28% 0.85% 1.70% 0.28% 3.69% 0.57% 0.28% 9.66% 0.57% 0.28% 9.66% 9.09% 5.40% 2.27% 21.31% 2.56% 27.56% 3.13% 0.57%

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Software Director

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What is Software Director?  (from Cloanto)

If you are a computer user, the Software Director client allows you to check for software, driver and BIOS updates, plus news and add-ons for installed software products, without disclosing any information about yourself or about the software installed on your computer. Software Director can also help you keep all soft...  Read more


Software Director is a program developed by Cloanto. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 6.56 MB (6,874,661 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 39% of users of Software Director come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.softwaredirector.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Cloanto\Software Director\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Cloanto\Software Director\sdsetup.exe" uninstall
Estimated size: 6.56 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Software Director

  • sdsetup.exe - Software Director (Software Director Setup)
  • softdir.dll - Software Director Library
  • softdir.exe
  • softdirc.dll - Software Director COM Library
  • softdirl.exe - Software Director Launcher
  • softdiru.exe - Software Director Unzip Application
  • softdirw.ocx - Software Director Web Check Control

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • softdir.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CloantoSoftwareDirector' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Cloanto\Software Director\softdir.exe" -s.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • softdir.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CloantoSoftwareDirector' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Cloanto\Software Director\softdir.exe" -s.

How do I remove Software Director?

Quickly and completely remove Software Director from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Software Director 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Software Director, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Software Director.

Win 7 (SP1) 47%
Win 7 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 48.30%
Windows 10 45.45%
Windows XP 3.98%
Windows Vista 2.27%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.37%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.54%
Windows 7 Professional 11.40%
Windows 10 Home 11.11%
Windows 10 Pro 8.83%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.96% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.96%
  Germany 10.92%
  United Kingdom 7.69%
  Italy 5.96%
  Canada 4.47%
  France 3.97%
  Australia 3.47%
  Netherlands 2.98%
  New Zealand 2.23%
  Belgium 1.74%
  Sweden 1.49%
  Austria 1.24%
  Switzerland 0.99%
  Poland 0.99%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.35%
Acer 20.22%
Dell 18.54%
ASUS 10.11%
Toshiba 4.49%
Intel 2.81%
Samsung 2.25%
Alienware 1.69%
Lenovo 1.69%
MSI 1.12%
Sony 1.12%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.35%
ASUS All Series 3.62%
Acer Veriton X270 2.90%
Dell XPS 8300 2.90%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.90%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.90%


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