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What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,997
United States Rank #10,793
Reach 0.0239%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.60 days
666.60 days >
Average installed length: 350.25 days


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ThinkVantage Access Connections

What is ThinkVantage Access Connections?

ThinkVantage Access Connections is a connectivity assistant program for your ThinkPad computer. It enables you to quickly switch the network settings and Internet settings by selecting a location profile. You can define the network settings and Internet settings in the Location Profile for modem/wired LAN/Wireless LAN network devices, and then restore that profile whenever you need it. By switching the location profile, you can connect to the network instantly without reconfiguring your settings when you move from office to home or on the road.

About  (from Lenovo)

Access Connections is able to import and export location profiles for the wireless adapter. This feature does not export the wireless security configuration and all profile settings. However, you can download and install the optional profile-deployment feature, which enables Access Connections to export wireless securi...  Read more


The most common release is 5.97, 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 primary executable is named acmaingui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 82 files and is usually about 17.05 MB (17,879,877 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=migr-4zlnjb
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\engine\6\INTEL3~1\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{7EB114D8-207F-
Estimated size: 17.05 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ThinkVantage Access Connections

Program executable:acmaingui.exe
Name:ThinkVantage Access Connections
ThinkVantage Access Connections Main GUI Application
Path:C:\Program Files\thinkpad\connectutilities\acmaingui.exe
Additional files:
  • ACAthExtDLL.dll - Access Connections - Lenovo ThinkPad Utility (Thinkvantage Technology) (Access Connections - Extension DLL For Atheros Interface)
  • ACAthMSVC6.dll - Access Connections - Interface For Atheros Adapter
  • AcCiscoMSVC6.dll - Access Connections - Interface For Cisco Adapter
  • AcAdaptersInfo.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections (ThinkVantage Access Connections AdaptersInfo Module)
  • AcBcon.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Bluetooth Module
  • AcCryptHlpr.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Crypto Helper Module
  • AcDiagnostics.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Diagnostics Module
  • AcExportMgr.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections AcExportMgr Module
  • AcGenericWl.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Generic Wireless lan Wrapper
  • ACGina.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections GINA component
  • ACGUIHlpr.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections GUI Helper Module
  • ACHelper.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections AcHelper Module
  • ACInst32.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections AcInst32 Module
  • AcLocMigrator.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Location Migrator Module
  • AcLocSettings.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Location settings Module
  • ACNotify.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Notify component
  • ACon.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections ACon Module
  • AcPrfMgr.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Ac Profile Manager Module
  • AcPrfMgrSvc.exe - ThinkVantage Access Connections Profile Manager Service
  • ACRoaming.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Roaming module
  • AcSvc.exe - ThinkVantage Access Connections Main Service Module
  • AcSvcHlpr.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Service Helper Module
  • AcSvcStub.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Main Service RPC Module
  • ACTray.exe - ThinkVantage Access Connections Status Icon
  • ACTurinSupport.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Turin Support Module
  • ACVistaWlAutoconfig.dll
  • AcVodafone.dll
  • ACWizard.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Profile Wizard module
  • ACWLIcon.exe - ThinkVantage Access Connections Wireless Status Icon
  • AcXmlDomHelper.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections XML profile parser
  • LPAC4.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Launch pad Module
  • QcTray.exe - ThinkVantage Access Connections QC Tray Module
  • SvcGuiHlpr.exe - ThinkVantage Access Connections Service GUI helper Module
  • SwiWanIf.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Sierra WAN Interface Module
  • ThinQCon.dll - ThinkVantage Access Connections Think QCON Library
  • AcFnF5.exe - Lenovo ThinkPad Utility (ThinkVantage Access Connections - OnScreen Menu)
  • QCON.DLL - ThinkVantage Access Connections - Core DLL.
  • QCWIZARD.EXE - ThinkVantage Access Connections
  • QCWLICON.EXE - ThinkVantage Access Connections - Wireless Status Icon.
  • TpFnF5C.exe
  • SMBHlpr.exe - IsSMBIOS Application (SMBIOS helper application)
  • AcAtheros.dll
  • AcBroadcom.dll
  • AcCisco.dll
  • AcGolan.dll
  • AcMuroc.dll
  • AcMurocHlpr.exe
  • AcNovatel.dll
  • AcPrism.dll
  • AcSebRing.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Services
  • AcSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Access Connections Main Service' (AcSvc).
  • AcPrfMgrSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Ac Profile Manager Service' (AcPrfMgrSvc).
4 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • ACTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ACTray' which loads as C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\ACTray.exe.
  • ACWLIcon.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ACWLIcon' which loads as C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\ACWLIcon.exe.
  • QCWLICON.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'QCWLICON' which loads as C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\QCWLICON.EXE.
  • QCTRAY.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'QCTray' which loads as C:\Program Files1\ThinkPad\CONNEC~1\QCTray.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • AcSvc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\AcSvc.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:10.69 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0006740546%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00048806%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00018600%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:1.58 MB
Total CPU:0.0002400191%
Kernel CPU:0.00020134%
User CPU:0.00003868%
Memory:2.47 MB
Total CPU:0.0001776222%
Kernel CPU:0.00010816%
User CPU:0.00006946%
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove ThinkVantage Access Connections?

You can uninstall ThinkVantage Access Connections 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 ThinkVantage Access Connections, 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 ThinkVantage Access Connections.

Win XP 76%
Win 7 0%
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 79.62%
Windows 7 14.23%
Windows Vista 6.16%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 79.49%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.23%
Windows 7 Professional 5.36%
Windows Vista Business 3.03%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 1.86%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.17%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.36% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.36%
  Germany 5.65%
  Taiwan 3.00%
  Poland 3.00%
  Israel 2.65%
  Canada 2.65%
  France 2.47%
  Czech Republic 1.94%
  United Kingdom 1.77%
  Greece 1.59%
  Australia 1.59%
  Sweden 1.59%
  Japan 1.59%
  Netherlands 0.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 88.89%
Dell 4.66%
Toshiba 4.66%
ASUS 1.79%
Common models
LENOVO 7668CTO 9.83%
LENOVO 7659AB7 6.84%
Dell OptiPlex 3020 4.27%
LENOVO 0657C9J 3.42%
LENOVO 77675AU 3.42%
LENOVO 7762WPB 3.42%

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a PC hardware and electronics company whose products include personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices and IT management software.
Publisher URL: www.lenovo.com


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