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5% remove it95% keep it
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United States Rank #21,764
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1.6.2 100.00%

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Wireshark 1.6.2

What is Wireshark?

Wireshark is a free and open-source packet analyzer. It is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education. Wireshark allows the user to put network interface controllers that support promiscuous mode into that mode, in order to see all traffic visible on that interface, not just traffic addressed to one of the interface's configured addresses and broadcast/multicast traffic. Capturing raw network traffic from an interface requires elevated privileges on some platforms.

About  (from The Wireshark developer community)

Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the standard in many industries. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998. Hundreds of developers around the world have contributed to it, and it is still under active development. It is cross-platform, features both GUI and CLI interfa...  Read more


The primary executable is named libwireshark.dll. The setup package generally installs about 55 files and is usually about 80.57 MB (84,486,251 bytes). The program uses the GLib GNOME library.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.wireshark.org
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\wireshark
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Wireshark\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 80.57 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Wireshark 1.6.2

Program module:libwireshark.dll
Wireshark dissector library
Path:C:\Program Files\wireshark\libwireshark.dll
Additional files:
  • libwsutil.dll - Wireshark (Wireshark utility library)
  • text2pcap.exe - Text2pcap
  • wireshark.exe
  • wiretap-0.3.1.dll - Wireshark capture file library
  • wiretap-1.0.0.dll
  • capinfos.exe - Capinfos
  • mergecap.exe - Mergecap
  • rawshark.exe - Rawshark
  • dumpcap.exe - Dumpcap
  • editcap.exe - Editcap
  • tshark.exe - TShark
  • lua5.1.dll (by Lua.org) - Lua - The Programming Language (Lua Language Run Time)
  • libgpg-error-0.dll (by g10 Code GmbH) - libgpg-error (libgpg-error - Common error codes)
  • libpangowin32-1.0-0.dll (by Red Hat Software) - PangoWin32
  • libgcrypt-11.dll (by g10 Code GmbH) - libgcrypt (Libgcrypt - The GNU Crypto Library)
  • libpangoft2-1.0-0.dll (by Red Hat Software) - PangoFT2
  • libpango-1.0-0.dll - Pango
  • libgdk_pixbuf-2.0-0.dll (by The GTK developer community) - GTK+ (GIMP Toolkit)
  • libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll (by The GTK developer community) - GIMP Drawing Kit
  • libgio-2.0-0.dll (by The GLib developer community) - GLib (Gio)
  • libglib-2.0-0.dll (by The GLib developer community)
  • libgmodule-2.0-0.dll - GModule
  • libgobject-2.0-0.dll - GObject
  • libgthread-2.0-0.dll - GThread
  • libgtk-win32-2.0-0.dll
  • libatk-1.0-0.dll (by Sun Microsystems) - atk
  • freetype6.dll
  • libcairo-2.dll
  • libcares-2.dll
  • libexpat-1.dll
  • libfontconfig-1.dll
  • libgnutls-26.dll
  • libgnutls-extra-26.dll
  • libgnutls-openssl-26.dll
  • libpangocairo-1.0-0.dll
  • libpng14-14.dll
  • libtasn1-3.dll

How do I remove Wireshark?

You can uninstall Wireshark 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 Wireshark 1.6.2, 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 Wireshark.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 81.62%
Windows XP 9.56%
Windows 10 4.41%
Windows Vista 3.68%
Windows Server 2003 0.74%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.21%
Windows 7 Professional 27.21%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.06%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.56%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.41%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.76% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.76%
  France 5.88%
  Canada 4.71%
  Italy 4.12%
  Germany 3.53%
  United Kingdom 2.35%
  Brazil 1.76%
  Spain 1.76%
  Israel 1.76%
  MA 1.76%
  Belgium 1.18%
  Finland 1.18%
  Hungary 1.18%
  Japan 1.18%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 32.14%
Hewlett-Packard 20.24%
Acer 10.71%
Toshiba 9.52%
ASUS 7.14%
American Megatrends 4.76%
Intel 2.38%
Sahara 2.38%
Alienware 1.19%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.92%
Dell OptiPlex 7010 1.96%
Dell Studio XPS 9100 1.96%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.96%
ASUSTeK G73Jw 1.96%
Dell OptiPlex 780 1.96%

About (from The Wireshark developer community)

Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network.
Publisher URL: www.wireshark.org


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