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Should I remove TrueCrypt?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #723
United States Rank #847
Reach 0.9456%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.18 days
654.25 days >
Average installed length: 343.76 days


7.2 3.62%
7.1a 76.10%
7.1 6.22%
7.0a 9.30%
7.0 1.31%
6.3a 1.59%
6.3 0.27%
6.2a 0.39%
6.2 0.05%
6.1a 0.44%
6.1 0.08%
6.0a 0.15%
6.0 0.03%
5.1a 0.16%
5.1 0.02%
5.0a 0.02%
5.0 0.02%


What is TrueCrypt?

Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows. Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication). Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.

About  (from TrueCrypt Foundation)

TrueCrypt is software for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data is automatically encrypted right before it is saved and decrypted right after it is loaded, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read ...  Read more


The most common release is 7.1a, 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. 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 primary executable is named TrueCrypt.exe. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 112 files and is usually about 7.63 MB (8,005,074 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.truecrypt.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\truecrypt
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt Setup.exe" /u
Estimated size: 7.63 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by TrueCrypt

Program executable:TrueCrypt.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\truecrypt\TrueCrypt.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • TrueCrypt.exe - TrueCrypt Finnish Defence Forces
  • truecrypt format.exe - TrueCrypt (TrueCrypt Format)
  • TrueCrypt Setup 5.1a.exe - TrueCrypt Setup
  • TrueCrypt Setup 6.1a.exe
  • TrueCrypt Setup 6.3a.exe
  • truecrypt setup.exe
  • truecrypt.sys - TrueCrypt Driver
  • TrueCrypt_Setup_7.1a.exe
  • truecrypt-x64.sys
  • extcv.exe - extcv
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • TrueCrypt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9904C4CC-6878-4969-8733-94FFA3855F9A}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • TrueCrypt.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named mount tcrypt volumes on login,unlock.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • TrueCrypt Format.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'TrueCrypt Format' and executes as "C:\Program Files\TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt Format.exe" /prinplace.
  • TrueCrypt.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'TrueCrypt' and executes as "C:\Program Files\TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt.exe" /q preferences /a logon /a devices.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • TrueCrypt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TrueCrypt' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt.exe" /q preferences /a logon.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • TrueCrypt.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\DemocraKey\TrueCrypt.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.76 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0018832002%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00032219%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00156101%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:225 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:11 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove TrueCrypt?

You can uninstall TrueCrypt 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 TrueCrypt, 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 TrueCrypt.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 7 0%
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 7 63.44%
Windows 10 27.93%
Windows XP 5.02%
Windows Vista 3.54%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.46%
Windows 7 Professional 18.40%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.32%
Windows 8.1 5.94%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.56%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.97%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.81% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.81%
  Germany 14.29%
  United Kingdom 4.96%
  France 4.54%
  Canada 3.09%
  Italy 2.64%
  Netherlands 2.31%
  Australia 1.55%
  Poland 1.34%
  Sweden 1.19%
  Belgium 1.11%
  Brazil 1.03%
  Austria 0.96%
  Switzerland 0.95%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.31%
Hewlett-Packard 22.29%
Acer 14.21%
ASUS 11.09%
Lenovo 3.84%
Samsung 3.84%
Toshiba 3.83%
Intel 1.75%
Medion 1.19%
MSI 0.92%
American Megatrends 0.90%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.65%
ASUS All Series 6.00%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.93%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.59%
Dell XPS 8300 1.98%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 1.72%


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