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Should I remove Windscribe?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,551
United States Rank #8,127
Reach 0.0196%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.73 days
198.53 days >
Average installed length: 104.31 days


1.83 Build 20 6.20%
1.83 Build 18 0.52%
1.82 Build 17 2.33%
1.81 Build 44 14.99%
1.81 Build 43 3.10%
1.81 Build 42 4.65%
1.81 Build 41 0.52%
1.81 Build 36 Beta 0.26%
1.81 Build 30 Beta 0.26%
1.81 Build 13 Beta 0.26%
1.80 Build 33 63.31%
1.80 Build 31 1.29%
1.80 Build 30 1.03%
1.80 Build 28 0.26%
1.80 Build 26 1.03%



Windscribe is a program developed by Windscribe Limited. The most used version is 1.80 build 33, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 main program executable is windscribe.exe. The software installer includes 38 files and is usually about 38.1 MB (39,954,626 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 84% of users of Windscribe come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.windscribe.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Windscribe\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Windscribe\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 38.1 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windscribe

Program executable:windscribe.exe
Windscribe client
Path:C:\Program Files\windscribe\windscribe.exe
Additional files:
  • WindscribeService.exe - WindscribeService (Manages the firewall and controls the VPN tunnel)
  • ChangeIcs.exe - Windscribe (Windscribe update ICS helper)
  • WindscribeInstallHelper.exe - Windscribe TAP install helper
  • WindscribeLauncher.exe - Windscribe launcher
  • wsappcontrol.exe - Windscribe auto-login utility
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • libcurl.dll (by The curl library, https://curl.haxx.se/) - The curl library (libcurl Shared Library)
  • libpkcs11-helper-1.dll (by OpenSC Project) - pkcs11-helper (pkcs11-helper - An easy way to access PKCS#11 modules)
  • windscribeopenvpn_2_3_17.exe (by The OpenVPN Project) - OpenVPN (OpenVPN Daemon)
  • Qt5Core.dll (by The Qt Company Ltd) - Qt5 (C++ application development framework.)
  • Qt5Gui.dll (by The Qt Company Ltd)
  • Qt5Network.dll
  • Qt5Widgets.dll
  • libEGL.dll
  • libGLESv2.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Windscribe.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Windscribe (3).
  • WindscribeService.exe runs as a service named 'WindscribeService' (WindscribeService) "Manages the firewall and controls the VPN tunnel".
Startup File (User Run)
  • Windscribe.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Windscribe' and executes as C:\Program Files\Windscribe\Windscribe.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • wsappcontrol.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windscribe\wsappcontrol.exe'.

How do I remove Windscribe?

You can uninstall Windscribe 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 Windscribe, 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 Windscribe.

Win 10 77%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 76.74%
Windows 7 22.74%
Windows XP 0.26%
Windows Vista 0.26%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 37.98%
Windows 10 Pro 25.32%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.01%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.49%
Windows 7 Professional 5.68%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 4.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

84.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 84.00%
  United Kingdom 4.17%
  France 2.83%
  Netherlands 1.83%
  Germany 1.50%
  Canada 1.00%
  Italy 0.83%
  Austria 0.50%
  Singapore 0.50%
  South Africa 0.50%
  Spain 0.33%
  RS 0.33%
  United Arab Emirates 0.17%
  Australia 0.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.56%
Acer 18.03%
ASUS 16.80%
Dell 14.34%
Lenovo 8.20%
MSI 4.51%
Toshiba 1.23%
Alienware 0.82%
Medion 0.82%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 8.11%
HP ENVY TS 15 Notebook PC 4.73%
HP HP Notebook 4.73%
ASUS All Series 3.38%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.70%
HP HP Pavilion Notebook 2.03%


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