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Should I remove WinPcap -Spiceworks?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,931
United States Rank #7,390
Reach 0.0429%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.32 days
422.43 days >
Average installed length: 221.95 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

WinPcap 4.1.2-Spiceworks

What is WinPcap -Spiceworks?

WinPcap is the Windows version of the libpcap library; it includes a driver to support capturing packets. WinPcap consists implementations of a lower-level library for the listed operating systems, to communicate with those drivers; a port of libpcap that uses the API offered by the low-level library implementations. It uses NDIS to read packets directly from a network adapter.

About  (from CACE Technologies)

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


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. 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 5 files.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cacetech.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\winpcap
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\WinPcap\uninstall.exe"

Program filesFiles installed by WinPcap 4.1.2-Spiceworks

  • daemon_mgm.exe - WinPcap Remote Capture Daemon installer/remover (daemon_mgm)
  • npf_mgm.exe - WinPcap NPF Driver installer/remover (npf_mgm)
  • NetMonInstaller.exe - NetMon Protocol Driver Installer (NetMonInstaller)
  • rpcapd.exe - WinPcap (Remote Packet Capture Daemon)
  • uninstall.exe - WinPcap 4.1.2 installer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • 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 -Spiceworks?

You can uninstall WinPcap -Spiceworks 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 4.1.2-Spiceworks, 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 -Spiceworks.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win XP 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 59.10%
Windows 10 32.62%
Windows XP 5.44%
Windows Vista 2.36%
Windows Server 2003 0.47%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 27.50%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.52%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.93%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.10%
Windows 10 Pro 5.71%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.48%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.30% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.30%
  United Kingdom 4.87%
  Canada 3.15%
  Germany 2.96%
  Netherlands 2.77%
  Australia 2.19%
  France 1.91%
  Belgium 1.62%
  India 1.62%
  Italy 1.15%
  Brazil 0.95%
  Malaysia 0.95%
  South Africa 0.86%
  Mexico 0.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 34.89%
Hewlett-Packard 27.38%
Acer 8.52%
ASUS 5.48%
Intel 4.26%
Lenovo 3.85%
Toshiba 3.85%
Samsung 2.03%
Gateway 1.42%
Sahara 0.81%
Alienware 0.61%
Common models
ASUS All Series 3.57%
Dell OptiPlex 780 3.57%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 3.17%
ASUSTeK CM6330_CM6630_CM6... 2.78%
Dell Latitude E6530 2.78%
Dell OptiPlex 390 2.78%

About CACE Technologies

CACE is the sponsor behind Wireshark and WinPcap, the most widely used Open Source network traffic capture and analysis tools.
Publisher URL: www.cacetech.com

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rajover a year ago
Still do not understand what it's for, answer is too technical! It came with downloading the Freemake Video Downloader, is this use for capturing video by this program? If deleted, might FVD still works?