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Should I remove WinPcap?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,854
United States Rank #15,350
Reach 0.0189%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.81 days
466.48 days >
Average installed length: 245.10 days


VersionDistribution 10.72% 14.48% 2.68% 0.27% 0.80%

Typically installed together

WinPcap 3.0


WinPcap 3.0 is a program developed by Politecnico di Torino. The most used version is, with over 20% 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. 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 software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 1.23 MB (1,293,906 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 40% of users of WinPcap come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cacetech.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\WinPcap
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\WinPcap\Uninstall.exe" "C:\Program Files\WinPcap\install.log"
Estimated size: 1.23 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WinPcap 3.0

  • daemon_mgm.exe (by CACE Technologies) - WinPcap Remote Capture Daemon installer/remover (daemon_mgm)
  • npf_mgm.exe (by CACE Technologies) - WinPcap NPF Driver installer/remover (npf_mgm)
  • rpcapd.exe - Remote Packet Capture Daemon (rpcapd)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • rpcapd.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6A94A70F-DA5E-4E9D-958C-AEF0E27CCAAA}' (runs on registration).
  • rpcapd.exe runs as a service named 'rpcapd' (rpcapd) "Allows to capture traffic on this machine from a remote machine.".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • rpcapd.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinPcap\rpcapd.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.28 MB
21.09 MB average
User CPU:0.00009378%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,985
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:8 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove WinPcap?

You can uninstall WinPcap 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 WinPcap 3.0, 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 WinPcap.

Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.08%
Windows 10 18.77%
Windows XP 13.67%
Windows Vista 2.95%
Windows Server 2003 0.54%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.44%
Windows 7 Professional 10.75%
Windows 8.1 4.57%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.76% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.76%
  United Kingdom 5.88%
  France 4.24%
  Australia 2.82%
  Germany 2.82%
  Canada 2.82%
  Italy 2.59%
  BD 2.35%
  India 2.12%
  Belgium 1.88%
  Saudi Arabia 1.88%
  MA 1.41%
  Greece 1.41%
  Netherlands 1.41%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 21.36%
Hewlett-Packard 20.87%
Dell 17.96%
ASUS 10.19%
Toshiba 7.77%
Lenovo 4.85%
Intel 3.40%
Samsung 2.91%
Alienware 2.43%
Sahara 1.94%
MSI 0.97%
Common models
Gateway NE56R 3.03%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 3.03%
MSI MS-7808 2.27%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.27%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.27%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 1.52%


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