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Should I remove Windows Live Family Safety?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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16.4.3528.0331 3.45%
16.4.3505.0912 24.14%
15.4.3555.0308 24.14%
15.4.3538.0513 13.79%
15.4.3502.0922 20.69%
14.0.8118.427 13.79%

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Windows Live Family Safety

What is Windows Live Family Safety?

Microsoft Family Safety is free parental monitoring and content-control software. Family Safety has a Windows Filtering Platform driver to filter web browsing. Parents can obtain a list of the websites visited. In addition, computer usages time, programs run, files downloaded, and games run will be reported via Windows Parental Controls. Parents are able to create "allow" lists for Windows Live Contacts services such as Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail to help prevent their children from communicating with unknown contacts and instead only communicate with contacts that parents have approved. Alternatively, parents can just monitor who the child has on their allow list. Family Safety has a filter which looks for adult content in images. The filter is only run on websites which do not do an adequate job of filtering the images and only on computers with sufficient performance capabilities. When an image is blocked, Family Safety blurs it out. Family Safety is part of Windows Essentials, a suite of freeware programs that aims to offer integrated and bundled e-mail, instant messaging, photo-sharing, blog publishing, and security services.


The most used version is 16.4.3505.0912, with over 98% 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. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 9.12 MB (9,564,160 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials
Help link: feedback.live.com/eform.aspx?productkey=wlfamilysafety
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows live\family safety
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4926AA2D-3C66-443D-A456-53AE3FA44144}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.12 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live Family Safety

  • fsui.dll - Windows Live Family Safety Resource Module
  • fsuihc.dll
  • fsuires.dll
  • fsssvc.exe - Windows Live Family Safety Service
  • fsui.exe - Windows Live Family Safety Filter
  • fsssvcps.dll - Family Safety Proxy API Library
  • fsapi.dll - Family Safety API Library
  • fssfltr.sys - Family Safety Filter Driver (WFP Callout)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • fsssvc.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Live Family Safety Service' (fsssvc) "This service enables Family Safety on the computer. If this service is not running, Family Safety will not work.".

How do I remove Windows Live Family Safety?

You can uninstall Windows Live Family Safety 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 Windows Live Family Safety, 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 Windows Live Family Safety.

Win 7 (SP1) 78%
Win Vista (SP2) 11%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.78%
Windows XP 11.11%
Windows Vista 11.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 29.41%
ASUS 23.53%
Hewlett-Packard 23.53%
Toshiba 11.76%
Sony 5.88%
Dell 5.88%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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