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What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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5.6.3408 33.33%
5.6.3311 7.14%
5.6.2818 2.38%
5.5.2710 40.48%
5.5.2637 7.14%
5.5.2577 2.38%
5.5.2516 2.38%
5.5.2307 4.76%

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Sygate Personal Firewall Pro

What is Sygate Personal Firewall Pro?  (from Sygate Technologies)

Sygate Personal Firewall provides best of breed security in a user friendly interface, protecting your PC from hackers, trojans and DoS attacks. New features include full-ICS support, protocol driver level protection, enhanced logging, and more. Sygate Personal Firewall is a personal firewall to offer protection from m...  Read more


Sygate Personal Firewall Pro is a software program developed by Sygate Technologies. The most common release is 5.5.2710, 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. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named smc.exe. The setup package generally installs about 21 files and is usually about 992.5 KB (1,016,320 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows XP and Windows XP. While about 42% of users of Sygate Personal Firewall Pro come from the United States, it is also popular in Italy and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.sygate.com
Help link: www.sygate.com/support/support_switch.htm
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\sygate\spf
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{BF448A52-C83E-455D-B5D3-FD9E964C9419}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 992.5 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Sygate Personal Firewall Pro

Program executable:smc.exe
Name:Sygate® Security Agent and Personal Firewall
Sygate Agent Firewall
Path:C:\Program Files\sygate\spf\smc.exe
Additional files:
  • pssensor.dll - Sygate PortScan Sensor (PortScan Sensor)
  • idstrafficpipe.dll - Sygate IdsTrafficPipe (IdsTrafficPiped)
  • trident.dll - Sygate TridentEngine (TridentEngine)
  • dataman.dll - Sygate Data Manager (Data Manager)
  • sylog.dll - Sygate Log System
  • netport.dll - Sygate Netport (Netport)
  • sylink.dll - Sygate SyLink (SyLink DLL)
  • wpsman.dll - Sygate wpsman (wpsman)
  • spnet.dll - Sygate SpNet (SpNet)
  • tfman.dll - Sygate TFMAN (tfman)
  • wgman.dll - Sygate WSMAN (wgman)
  • tse.dll - Sygate TSE (tse)
  • wsman.dll - WSMAN (wsman)
  • sssensor.dll - Sygate ScreenSaver Sensor (ScreenSaver Sensor)
  • sshelper.dll - Sygate SSHelper (SSHelper)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • smc.exe runs as a service named 'Sygate Personal Firewall Pro' (SmcService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • smc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SmcService' which loads as C:\Program Files2\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe -startgui.

How do I remove Sygate Personal Firewall Pro?

You can uninstall Sygate Personal Firewall Pro 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 Sygate Personal Firewall Pro, 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 Sygate Personal Firewall Pro.

Win XP 80%
Win 10 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 87.80%
Windows 7 9.76%
Windows 10 2.44%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 87.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.00%
Windows 8 2.50%
Windows Se7en Titan 2.50%
Windows 7 Professional 2.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

41.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 41.67%
  Italy 10.42%
  Germany 10.42%
  Finland 4.17%
  United Kingdom 4.17%
  BG 4.17%
  DZ 4.17%
  Colombia 2.08%
  Argentina 2.08%
  Brazil 2.08%
  Egypt 2.08%
  Hong Kong 2.08%
  India 2.08%
  Venezuela 2.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
American Megatrends 25.93%
Dell 18.52%
Acer 14.81%
Intel 11.11%
Hewlett-Packard 7.41%
ASUS 3.70%
Toshiba 3.70%
Sahara 3.70%
Gateway 3.70%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 5.56%
HP Compaq dc7700 Converti... 5.56%
Compaq-Presario AU801AA-A... 5.56%
Packard Bell imedia S3810 5.56%
Packard Bell EasyNote TE6... 5.56%

About Sygate Technologies

Sygate (aquired by Symantec) was an endpoint security software company whose main products were efirewalls, automated enterprise network discovery, network security enforcement, and security monitoring software.
Publisher URL: www.symantec.com


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