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75.10.335 50.00%
75.00.335 16.67%
70.00.0245 33.33%

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Symantec Ghost

What is Symantec Ghost?  (from Symantec)

Symantec Ghost is the industry’s most widely-used deployment, system management, and computer imaging software solution. Use Ghost’s proven hardware-independent imaging capabilities to significantly accelerate day-to-day imaging and deployment needs. This Windows migration software can also migrate all your client syst...  Read more


Symantec Ghost is a software program developed by Symantec. The most common release is 75.10.335, 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The setup package generally installs about 68 files and is usually about 12.76 MB (13,380,096 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows XP and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 64% of users of Symantec Ghost come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.symantec.com
Help link: service.symantec.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\symantec\ghost
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{E2260E8A-0DA7-4685-9109-23A69A142E9E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 12.76 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Symantec Ghost

  • thread.dll - Copyright © 1999-2001 Symantec Corporation (thread)
  • upgr245.exe - archive
  • vdisk.exe - Symantec Ghost Floppy Image Creation Tool
  • vpartition.dll - Virtual Partition Dynamic Link Library
  • int86_32.dll - Symantec Ghost Disk Access Service
  • win32ui.dll - Symantec Ghost Commom UI Library
  • ghostsrv.exe - Symantec Ghost Multicast Server (Symantec Ghost Multicast Server for Windows)
  • ghoshext.dll - Symantec Ghost Shell Extension
  • ginastub.dll - Symantec Ghost Login Disabler
  • aibuilder.dll - Symantec Ghost AutoInstall (Symantec Ghost AutoInstall Builder)
  • aibuilder.exe
  • aisnapshot.dll - Symantec Ghost AI Snapshot
  • aisnapshot.exe
  • collector.dll - Symantec Ghost AI-Template
  • ghost boot wizard.exe - Symantec Ghost Boot Wizard
  • aiagent.dll - Symantec Ghost AI-AIAgent (Symantec Ghost AI-Agent)
  • install.dll - Symantec Ghost AI-Install
  • ngctw32.exe - Symantec Ghost Enterprise (Symantec Ghost Client Agent)
  • header32.exe - Symantec Ghost AI-Header
  • ghostexp.exe - Symantec Ghost Explorer
  • ngcons.exe - Symantec Ghost Console
  • ngserver.exe - Symantec Ghost (Symantec Ghost Configuration Server)
  • machconf.dll - MachConf (Symantec Ghost Machine Configuration Reader)
  • gdisk32.exe - GDisk (Fixed Disk Partitioning Utility)
  • licenseaudit.exe - Symantec Ghost License Auditing Utility
  • dbserv.exe - Symantec Ghost Database Service Wrapper
  • imgedit.dll (by 3Com) - 3Com bwimg (Boot image file editor)
  • dosghsrv.exe
  • gdisk.exe
  • ghost.exe
  • ghstwalk.exe
  • launchaibuilder.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • ngctw32.exe runs as a service named 'Agent client Symantec Ghost' (NGClient).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ngctw32.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'NGClient' which loads as C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost\ngctw32.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • ghostsrv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost\GhostSrv.exe'.

How do I remove Symantec Ghost?

You can uninstall Symantec Ghost 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 Ghost, 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 Ghost.

Win XP 67%
Win 7 (SP1) 33%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 66.67%
Windows 7 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 66.67%
Windows 7 Professional 16.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.64%
  France 18.18%
  Germany 9.09%
  Italy 9.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 40.00%
Dell 20.00%
Intel 20.00%
Acer 20.00%
Common models
HP EliteBook 2540p 20.00%
IBM -[622133U]- 20.00%
ASUSTeK K72JT 20.00%
innotek GmbH VirtualBox 20.00%
Dell Latitude E5500 20.00%

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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