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Should I remove Symantec Encryption Desktop?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,294
United States Rank #11,386
Reach 0.0144%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.38 days
542.32 days >
Average installed length: 284.95 days


VersionDistribution 1.06% 0.35% 1.41% 4.24% 1.06% 1.41% 2.83% 2.12% 2.12% 4.24% 1.77% 1.41% 0.35% 6.71% 4.95% 4.24% 13.07% 9.54% 12.01% 5.65% 0.35% 12.01% 7.07%

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Symantec Encryption Desktop


Symantec Encryption Desktop is a program developed by Symantec. 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 main program executable is pgpdesk.exe. The software installer includes 68 files and is usually about 58.49 MB (61,332,950 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 72% of users of Symantec Encryption Desktop come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\pgp corporation\pgp desktop
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4EBCD26F-1C31-45EB-B28F-710F12248BA9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 58.49 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Symantec Encryption Desktop

Program executable:pgpdesk.exe
Name:Symantec Encryption Desktop
Encryption Desktop
Path:C:\Program Files\pgp corporation\pgp desktop\pgpdesk.exe
Additional files:
  • npgpnote.dll - Symantec Encryption Desktop (PGP Universal Notes client)
  • pgp viewer.exe - PGP Viewer
  • pgpamenu.dll - PGP Notes Verify Signatures Addin Menu
  • pgpatclientdll.dll - PGP Universal Client DLL
  • pgpcbt64.exe - PGP CBT Hook 64 Bit Executable
  • pgpcdcon.dll - PGP Universal Notes CD to MIME Converson Provider
  • pgpcp.dll - PGPcp
  • pgpfsd.exe - File Share Encryption Daemon
  • pgpiu.dll - Encryption Desktop Installer Helper DLL
  • pgplspih.dll - Encryption Satellite Installer Helper DLL
  • pgpmnapp.exe - PGP Shell Menu Executable
  • pgpmsmdb.dll - PGP MAPI Proxy Provider DLL
  • pgpmspst.dll
  • pgpnetshare.exe - File Share Encryption Command Line
  • pgpnetsharesdk.dll - File Share Encryption DLP Integration
  • pgpolplg.dll - PGP Outlook Plugin
  • pgpp.exe - PGP Portable Command Line
  • pgppdcreate.exe - PGP Portable Creator
  • pgppe.exe - PGP PE Tool
  • pgppwflt.dll - PGP Password Filter
  • pgpsarch.dll - Encryption Desktop Archive Module
  • pgpsdisk.dll - Encryption Desktop Disk Module
  • pgpsfs.dll - File Share Encryption UI
  • pgpskeys.dll - PGP Desktop Keys Module
  • pgpspoli.dll - PGP Desktop Policy Module
  • pgpstart.exe - PGP PE Start
  • pgpsview.dll - Encryption Desktop Viewer Module
  • pgptray.exe - PGP Tray
  • pgpwd.dll - PGPwd
  • pgpwde.exe - PGPwde
  • pgpwdesdk.dll - PGPwdesdk
  • pgpwipe.dll - PGP Shredder
  • rddservice.exe - PGP Universal RDD Client Service
  • pgp portable.exe - PGP Portable
  • pgpcl.dll - PGP Client Library
  • pgprecoverygui.exe - PGPRecoveryGUI

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • rddservice.exe runs as a service named 'PGP RDD Service' (PGP RDD Service).

How do I remove Symantec Encryption Desktop?

You can uninstall Symantec Encryption Desktop 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 Symantec Encryption Desktop, 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 Symantec Encryption Desktop.

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win XP 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.49%
Windows 10 31.10%
Windows XP 1.06%
Windows Vista 0.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 36.88%
Windows 7 Enterprise 19.15%
Windows 10 Pro 6.03%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.03%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.32%

Distribution by countryGeography

71.60% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 71.60%
  India 2.96%
  Italy 2.47%
  United Kingdom 2.22%
  Germany 1.73%
  Canada 1.48%
  Singapore 1.48%
  Australia 1.23%
  Malaysia 0.99%
  Spain 0.74%
  Netherlands 0.74%
  Norway 0.74%
  Taiwan 0.74%
  Japan 0.49%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 48.24%
Lenovo 20.60%
Hewlett-Packard 18.09%
ASUS 4.02%
Acer 3.02%
Toshiba 2.51%
Intel 1.01%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6540 7.65%
Dell Latitude E6530 3.53%
Dell Latitude E5550 3.53%
Dell Latitude E6430 3.53%
Dell Latitude E6440 2.94%
LENOVO 2537P91 2.35%

About Symantec

Symantec developers security software for business and consumers and helps customers protect their computers, information, identities and infrastructure by delivering software and services that address risks to security with various products such as Norton AntiVirus, Internet security, and anti-spyware products e.
Publisher URL: www.symantec.com


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