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4% remove it96% keep it
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WinSCP 5.1.3

What is WinSCP?

WinSCP (Windows Secure CoPy) is a free and open source SFTP, SCP, and FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager and file synchronization functionality. For secure transfers, it uses Secure Shell (SSH) and supports the SCP protocol in addition to SFTP.

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Freeware SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol), FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and SCP (Secure Copy) client for Windows using SSH (Secure Shell). Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this basic function, WinSCP manages some other actions with files.


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 winscp.exe. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 11.46 MB (12,017,416 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: winscp.net
Help link: winscp.net/forum
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\WinSCP\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\WinSCP\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 11.46 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WinSCP 5.1.3

Program executable:winscp.exe
WinSCP: SFTP, FTP and SCP client
Path:C:\Program Files\winscp\winscp.exe
Additional files:
  • DragExt.dll - WinSCP (Drag&Drop shell extension for WinSCP (32-bit))
  • DragExt64.dll - Drag&Drop shell extension for WinSCP (64-bit)
  • pageant.exe (by Simon Tatham) - PuTTY suite (PuTTY SSH authentication agent)
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • WinSCP.exe is scheduled as a task named 'BackupTerpsminde' (runs weekly on Thursdays at 00:00).
  • pageant.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Load RSA ssh key' (runs on session change).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • WinSCP.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinSCP\WinSCP.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.24 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000875870%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00003328%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00005431%
0.015104% average

How do I remove WinSCP?

You can uninstall WinSCP 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 WinSCP 5.1.3, 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 WinSCP.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win Vista 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.02%
Windows 10 20.75%
Windows XP 2.61%
Windows Vista 2.29%
Windows Server 2003 0.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.14%
Windows 7 Professional 22.53%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.11%
Windows 7 Enterprise 6.09%
Windows 8 Pro 5.43%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.80%

Distribution by countryGeography

41.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 41.09%
  France 8.84%
  Germany 8.56%
  United Kingdom 4.63%
  Canada 3.09%
  Italy 2.66%
  Japan 1.82%
  Belgium 1.68%
  Finland 1.54%
  Netherlands 1.26%
  Brazil 1.12%
  India 1.12%
  Switzerland 0.98%
  Sweden 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.42%
Hewlett-Packard 21.31%
Acer 17.21%
ASUS 11.75%
Samsung 4.10%
Lenovo 3.01%
Intel 2.73%
Toshiba 2.73%
Sony 0.82%
Apple 0.55%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.02%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.52%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.02%
Dell OptiPlex 790 2.51%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.51%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 2.51%

Publisher URL: winscp.net


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