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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.43 days
809.16 days >
Average installed length: 425.15 days


12.0.2 52.27%
12.0 47.73%

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Steganos Trace Destructor 12


Steganos Trace Destructor 12 is a software program developed by Steganos GmbH. The most common release is 12.0.2, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The setup package generally installs about 30 files and is usually about 26.47 MB (27,752,355 bytes). The installed file SteganosUpdater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 57% of users of Steganos Trace Destructor 12 come from Germany, it is also popular in the United States and Austria.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steganos.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\steganos trace destructor 12
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Steganos Trace Destructor 12\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 26.47 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Steganos Trace Destructor 12

  • fredirstarter.exe - Steganos Trace Destructor 12 (File Redirection Starter)
  • LibShred.dll - Steganos Shredder DLL
  • sfs.dll - Steganos FreeSpace Shredder DLL
  • Shredder.exe - Steganos Shredder
  • ShredderLow.exe
  • startmonitor.dll - File Redirection Startmonitor
  • SteganosBrowserMonitor.exe - Steganos Trace Destructor Browser Monitor
  • SteganosHotKeyService.exe - Steganos Hot Key Service
  • SteganosUpdater.exe - Steganos Updater
  • TraceDestruct.dll - Steganos TraceDestructor DLL
  • TraceDestructMSOffice.dll - Steganos TraceDestructor MSOffice DLL
  • TraceDestructor.exe - Steganos TraceDestructor
  • uninstall.exe
  • UninstallWindow.exe - Uninstall Window
  • ShellExtension.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • SteganosBrowserMonitor.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'STD12 Browser Monitor' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Steganos Trace Destructor 12\SteganosBrowserMonitor.exe".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SteganosHotKeyService.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'STD12 HotKeys' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Steganos Trace Destructor 12\SteganosHotKeyService.exe".
  • fredirstarter.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'STD12 File Redirection Starter' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Steganos Trace Destructor 12\fredirstarter.exe".

How do I remove Steganos Trace Destructor 12?

You can uninstall Steganos Trace Destructor 12 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 Steganos Trace Destructor 12, 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 Steganos Trace Destructor 12.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Vista (SP2) 5%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.18%
Windows XP 13.64%
Windows 10 13.64%
Windows Vista 4.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.91%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.45%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.64%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.55%
Windows 8 Pro 4.55%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.52% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 56.52%
  United States 19.57%
  Austria 6.52%
  Canada 6.52%
  Norway 2.17%
  Japan 2.17%
  Romania 2.17%
  Italy 2.17%
  Saudi Arabia 2.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 24.24%
Medion 15.15%
Hewlett-Packard 12.12%
Samsung 9.09%
Dell 6.06%
Intel 6.06%
Lenovo 6.06%
American Megatrends 6.06%
Apple 3.03%
Alienware 3.03%
ASUS 3.03%
Common models
vpr Matrix, Inc. D400A... 3.23%
Samsung R540/R580/R780/SA... 3.23%
Samsung R519/R719 3.23%
Samsung NC210/NC110 3.23%
Packard Bell EasyNote TK8... 3.23%

About (from Steganos GmbH)

Steganos’ advanced encryption options make hiding photos, documents and contact data easy — an invaluable tool when you consider how many laptops are lost or stolen everyday.
Publisher URL: www.steganos.com


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