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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,486
United States Rank #7,975
Reach 0.0337%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.60 days
548.66 days >
Average installed length: 288.28 days


2.0.2 100.00%

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TightVNC 2.0.2

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


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 tvnserver.exe. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 1.38 MB (1,449,338 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.tightvnc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\tightvnc
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\TightVNC\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.38 MB

Program filesFiles installed by TightVNC 2.0.2

Program executable:tvnserver.exe
TightVNC Server for Windows
Path:C:\Program Files\tightvnc\tvnserver.exe
Additional files:
  • screenhooks32.dll - TightVNC (Hooks DLL for TightVNC Server)
  • tvnviewer.exe - TightVNC Viewer
  • uninstall.exe - TightVNC 2.0.2 Installer
  • WinVNC.exe (by TightVNC Group) - TightVNC Win32 Server
  • VNCHooks.dll (by TightVNC Group) - TightVNC - VNCHooks (VNC hooks DLL for Win32)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • tvnserver.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Remote' (runs on boot).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tvnserver.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Remote.
2 Services
  • tvnserver.exe runs as a service named 'TightVNC Server' (tvnserver).
  • WinVNC.exe runs as a service named 'VNC Server' (winvnc).
2 Startup Files (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.
  • WinVNC.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WinVNC' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TightVNC\WinVNC.exe" -servicehelper.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • WinVNC.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TightVNC\WinVNC.exe'.
  • 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:2.05 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0010549621%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00057306%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00048191%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,216,584
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes
435.61 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 2.0.2, 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) 74%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.33%
Windows 10 9.91%
Windows XP 8.56%
Windows Vista 3.90%
Windows Server 2003 0.30%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 35.46%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.72%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.28%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.22%
Windows 7 Enterprise 5.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.20%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.98%
  United Kingdom 4.15%
  Germany 3.46%
  France 3.23%
  Canada 2.88%
  Italy 1.96%
  Australia 1.61%
  Brazil 1.50%
  India 1.50%
  Israel 1.50%
  Netherlands 1.38%
  Singapore 1.15%
  Spain 1.15%
  Argentina 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 36.25%
Hewlett-Packard 30.59%
Acer 8.74%
Toshiba 3.86%
Samsung 3.08%
ASUS 2.83%
Intel 2.83%
Lenovo 2.31%
Medion 0.77%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.57%
Dell Precision WorkStatio... 3.06%
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 2.55%
Dell Latitude E6420 2.55%
Dell OptiPlex 380 2.55%
Dell OptiPlex 390 2.04%


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