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Should I remove WinPcap?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #503
United States Rank #738
Reach 1.3032%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.68 days
344.59 days >
Average installed length: 181.06 days


4.1.2980 0.13% 99.86%
1.0 0.01%

Other programs by Riverbed Technology

WinPcap 4.1.3

What is WinPcap?  (from Riverbed Technology)

WinPcap is the industry-standard tool for link-layer network access in Windows environments: it allows applications to capture and transmit network packets bypassing the protocol stack, and has additional useful features, including kernel-level packet filtering, a network statistics engine and support for remote packet...  Read more


WinPcap 4.1.3 is a software program developed by Riverbed Technology. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. 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 setup package generally installs about 11 files and is usually about 469.05 MB (491,837,931 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 40% of users of WinPcap come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.riverbed.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\winpcap
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\WinPcap\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 469.05 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WinPcap 4.1.3

  • uninstall.exe - WinPcap 4.1.3 (WinPcap 4.1.3 installer)
  • rpcapd.exe - WinPcap (Remote Packet Capture Daemon)
  • WinPcapInstall.dll - WinPcap Installer Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0B2D20BC-0344-4EA6-A4D3-1B30F67B5F39}' (runs on registration).
  • 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.".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • rpcapd.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinPcap\rpcapd.exe'.
  • Uninstall.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinPcap\Uninstall.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 4.1.3, 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) 47%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.93%
Windows 10 44.70%
Windows XP 2.73%
Windows Vista 1.60%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.94%
Windows 7 Home Premium 15.91%
Windows 7 Professional 14.10%
Windows 10 Home 9.40%
Windows 10 Pro 8.37%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.46%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.02%
  Germany 6.20%
  France 5.60%
  United Kingdom 4.37%
  Italy 3.78%
  Canada 2.25%
  Netherlands 2.17%
  MA 1.90%
  DZ 1.79%
  Spain 1.78%
  Brazil 1.63%
  Egypt 1.62%
  Australia 1.46%
  India 1.31%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.77%
Dell 22.25%
Acer 15.37%
ASUS 12.46%
Lenovo 6.54%
Toshiba 4.98%
Samsung 3.49%
Intel 1.41%
MSI 1.24%
Medion 0.68%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.62%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.56%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.32%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.75%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.63%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.34%

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Lutfiover a year ago
I am trying to install Wireshark/WinPcap, but it won't work because it says that there is an older version of WinPcap installed. Also, it won't allow me to uninstall WinPcap because it says another program is using it. I have checked the Add/Remove programs and WinPcap is not on there. I am at a loss as to what program is using it... Any help welcome thanks!