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Should I remove Tenable Nessus?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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United States Rank #44,437
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VersionDistribution 5.13% 5.13% 10.26% 2.56% 10.26% 10.26% 33.33% 2.56% 5.13% 5.13% 5.13% 2.56% 2.56%

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Tenable Nessus


Tenable Nessus is a program developed by Tenable Network Security. 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 software installer includes 25 files and is usually about 8.15 MB (8,542,284 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 43% of users of Tenable Nessus come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Russia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.tenablesecurity.com
Help link: tenable.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{9107CB02-0826-45D3-A0E6-5CABF4314994}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 8.15 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Tenable Nessus

  • nasl.exe - Nessus
  • nessus.exe
  • nessus-adduser.exe
  • nessus-admin.exe
  • nessus-chpasswd.exe
  • nessuscli.exe
  • nessus-client.exe
  • nessuscmd.exe
  • nessusd.exe
  • nessus-fetch.exe
  • nessus-fix.exe
  • nessus-libraries.dll
  • nessus-mkcert.exe
  • nessus-mkcert-client.exe
  • nessus-ndis.dll - Nessus NDIS API DLL (x86)
  • nessus-rmuser.exe
  • nessus-service.exe
  • nessus-update-plugins.exe
  • W32N55.dll
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • nessus-service.exe runs as a service named 'Tenable Nessus' (Tenable Nessus) "Tenable Nessus Network Security Scanner".

How do I remove Tenable Nessus?

Quickly and completely remove Tenable Nessus from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Tenable Nessus 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Tenable Nessus, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Tenable Nessus.

Win 7 (SP1) 44%
Win 7 8%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.28%
Windows XP 20.51%
Windows 8 20.51%
Windows Vista 7.69%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.64%
Microsoft Windows XP 23.08%
Windows 7 Professional 20.51%
Windows 8 Pro 7.69%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.13%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.55%
  India 10.64%
  Russia 4.26%
  DZ 4.26%
  Iran 4.26%
  Brazil 2.13%
  United Kingdom 2.13%
  Canada 2.13%
  TN 2.13%
  MA 2.13%
  Israel 2.13%
  Taiwan 2.13%
  Pakistan 2.13%
  Vietnam 2.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 33.33%
Intel 9.09%
Toshiba 9.09%
Hewlett-Packard 9.09%
ASUS 9.09%
Acer 9.09%
Lenovo 6.06%
American Megatrends 6.06%
Alienware 3.03%
Gateway 3.03%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 9.68%
TOSHIBA Satellite P200 3.23%
TOSHIBA Satellite A300 3.23%
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P 3.23%
Dell Latitude XT2 3.23%
Dell Latitude 10 3.23%


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