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24% remove it76% keep it
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 189.11 days


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Sony PC Companion 2.10.181

What is Sony PC Companion?  (from Sony)

PC Companion is a collection of tools and applications you can use when you connect your device to a computer. PC Companion contains Xperia™ Transfer, a tool for moving content from an iPhone to your new Xperia™ device. PC Companion also offers device software updates, contacts and calendar management, and a backup and...  Read more


Sony PC Companion 2.10.181 is a program developed by Sony. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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). The programs's main executable is pccompanion.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 24.33 MB of memory. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 77 files and is usually about 108.21 MB (113,463,880 bytes). PhoneUpdate.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 8% of users of Sony PC Companion come from Sweden, it is also popular in France and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\Sony PC Companion\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{F09EF8F2-0976-42C1-8D9D-8DF78337C6E3}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 108.21 MB
Language: French (France)

Program filesFiles installed by Sony PC Companion 2.10.181

Program executable:pccompanion.exe
Name:Sony PC Companion
Signed by:Sony Mobile Communications
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\sony pc companion\pccompanion.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • Calendar.dll - Bibliothèque de liaison dynamique CalendarView (CalendarView DLL)
  • PbkVista.dll - Bibliothèque de liaison dynamique PbkVista (PbkVista DLL)
  • PbkLN.dll - Bibliothèque de liaison dynamique PbkLN (PbkLN DLL)
  • MapiThk.dll (by Avanquest Software)
  • PhoneUpdateTools.dll
  • PluginManager.dll (by Avanquest Software) - Sony PC Companion (Plugin Manager Core Library)
  • BackupRestore.dll - PC Companion (BackupRestore Plugin Library)
  • Contacts.dll - Contacts Plugin Library
  • ContactSetup.dll
  • CrashDump.dll - PC Companion CrashDump Library
  • GMailSync.dll
  • PCCompanion.dll - PC Companion Core Library
  • PhoneMigration.dll - PC Companion Phone Migration
  • WebServices.dll - WebServices Core Library
  • bvrpctln.dll - MPT (Custom controls and utilities library)
  • CAgdOutlook.dll
  • CalEngine.dll
  • Pexplore.exe
  • PhoneUpdate.dll
  • Report.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • PCCompanion.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FB5E8D18-5149-4BD8-946F-59DC623CD4FB}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • PCCompanion.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Sony PC Companion' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Sony\Sony PC Companion\PCCompanion.exe" /Background.
Network connections
  • PCCompanion.exe connects to lis01s06-in-f30.1e100.net ( port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:24.33 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0024716247%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00170873%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00076289%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,089,670
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:221 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:87 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Sony PC Companion?

You can uninstall Sony PC Companion 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 Sony PC Companion 2.10.181, 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 Sony PC Companion.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 24%
Keep it 76%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.30%
Windows 10 22.05%
Windows XP 5.99%
Windows Vista 4.66%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.06%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.96%
Windows 7 Professional 8.64%
Windows 8.1 6.78%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.68%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.87%

Distribution by countryGeography

8.04% of installs come from Sweden
Which countries install it?
  Sweden 8.04%
  France 7.30%
  Germany 7.05%
  United Kingdom 6.25%
  United States 5.01%
  Brazil 3.90%
  Italy 3.53%
  Poland 3.34%
  India 3.28%
  Spain 3.09%
  Netherlands 2.72%
  Czech Republic 2.60%
  Taiwan 2.29%
  Greece 2.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.59%
Acer 21.26%
Dell 16.21%
ASUS 14.08%
Toshiba 5.83%
Samsung 4.66%
Lenovo 2.82%
Intel 2.23%
MSI 1.17%
American Megatrends 0.97%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.31%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.18%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.86%
Dell Inspiron N5110 1.86%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.86%
Samsung 300E4A/300E5A/300... 1.86%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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