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Should I remove TightVNC?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,314
United States Rank #2,186
Reach 0.2742%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.73 days
434.59 days >
Average installed length: 228.34 days


VersionDistribution 0.02% 0.04% 0.09% 2.04% 1.81% 0.26% 61.91% 3.81% 0.67% 0.52% 3.53% 0.02% 11.08% 3.33% 7.86% 2.96% 0.04%
2.0.2 0.02%

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What is TightVNC?

TightVNC is a cross-platform open source remote desktop software application that uses and extends VNC's RFB protocol to control another computer's screen remotely. TightVNC uses so-called "tight encoding" of areas, which is effectively a combination of JPEG compression and other types of encoding. It is possible to watch videos and play DirectX games through TightVNC over a broadband connection, albeit at a low frame rate. TightVNC includes many other common features of VNC derivatives, such as file transfer capability.

About  (from GlavSoft)

TightVNC is a remote control package derived from VNC, with many new features, improvements, and bugfixes over the standard VNC version. It works well with slow network links such as modem connections, provides more configuration options in the server, includes improved Java viewer, and more. The modified servers and v...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). 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 main program executable is tvnviewer.exe. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 1.92 MB (2,011,136 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.tightvnc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\tightvnc
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{8A396897-3AC8-46BD-ABB8-95BE31419FDE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.92 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by TightVNC

Program executable:tvnviewer.exe
TightVNC Viewer
Path:C:\Program Files\tightvnc\tvnviewer.exe
Additional files:
  • hookldr.exe - TightVNC (32-Bit Hook Loader for TightVNC Server)
  • screenhooks32.dll - Hooks DLL for TightVNC Server
  • screenhooks64.dll
  • tvnserver.exe - TightVNC Server

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • tvnserver.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Stop VNC' (runs weekly on Mondays at 5:30 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tvnserver.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named tvncontrol_Reg_HKLMRun.
  • tvnserver.exe runs as a service named 'TightVNC Server' (tvnserver).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • tvnserver.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'tvncontrol' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TightVNC\tvnserver.exe" -controlservice -slave.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • tvnviewer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TightVNC\tvnviewer.exe'.
  • tvnserver.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TightVNC\tvnserver.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.43 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000745634%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00003217%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004240%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:949,965
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:1.22 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.22 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove TightVNC?

You can uninstall TightVNC 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 TightVNC, 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 TightVNC.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.41%
Windows 10 34.19%
Windows XP 4.59%
Windows Vista 1.79%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 25.39%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.53%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.53%
Windows 10 Pro 7.54%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.52%
Windows 10 Home 5.78%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.08% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.08%
  United Kingdom 5.49%
  Canada 4.34%
  Germany 4.21%
  France 4.00%
  Italy 2.88%
  Netherlands 2.06%
  Australia 1.89%
  India 1.42%
  Spain 1.06%
  Indonesia 1.03%
  Poland 1.01%
  Sweden 1.00%
  Brazil 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.24%
Hewlett-Packard 25.27%
Acer 12.05%
ASUS 10.03%
Lenovo 4.63%
Intel 3.18%
Toshiba 2.60%
Samsung 1.90%
Apple 0.80%
MSI 0.71%
Sahara 0.48%
Common models
ASUS All Series 6.70%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.09%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.44%
Dell OptiPlex 3010 2.70%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.70%
Dell OptiPlex 7010 1.67%


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