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Windows 7: WinPcap - Who installed it?

19 Oct 2010   #1
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
WinPcap - Who installed it?

Howdy fellow members,
While attempting to delete a program (still pending), I came across the application WinPcap 4.1.2 installed on my machine. I don't recall installing it, or even have hearing of it until I saw it. What program might have installed that as part of a package (don't have Wireshark) and is it necessary. Want to delete if not.
Hoping for some good info the program and really appreciate y'alls help.
glennc


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19 Oct 2010   #2
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you don't want it, I don't see where it would be an issue to uninstall it.

More on WinCap...

As to what application installed it without your knowledge, I don't know...
WinPcap - Who installed it?-screenshot00063.jpg

Also, look here to see if you have installed any of the listed programs you might want to keep.

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19 Oct 2010   #3
mindinka

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

In my knowledge such application could be installed by many other applications that has anything to do with monitoring/reading/downloading Internet Packets, my guess would be if you had installed program that would say download video clips from Youtube as example, then chances are that you going to have WinPcap installed as support application.
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19 Oct 2010   #4
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks Gentlemen,
I don't have any of those programs. But if it is doing no harm, maybe I should leave it?
Appreciate your help.
glennc
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19 Oct 2010   #5
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I dunno. If it were me and I didn't know why the program is on my computer and I don't use it...I'd uninstall it.
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19 Oct 2010   #6
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

That's like I randomly had a nokia cellphone driver install on my computer..... It was reimaged 2 days ago and the driver was installed yesterday... No one in my appt has a Nokia cell phone.... Very simple solution remove it. That happened to me a while back... I honestly think it gets installed when I install one of my asus support apps....
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19 Oct 2010   #7
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

All Right, it is getting off now. Now we will see the consequences. Heck it is a learning experience. Thanks all!
glennc
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19 Oct 2010   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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19 Oct 2010   #9
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Well Jaycee,
If I understood what that meant, I might be really convinced of it's value. I don't and haven't ever run WinPcap knowingly. Just noticed it in the programs while deleting another. In your opinion is it worth keeping, even if I don't use it manually and maybe some software is using it??? Thanks for your help.
glennc
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20 Oct 2010   #10
lavEy

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I don't know much about it, but some programs use it without you even knowing about it.. I play around with educational hacking stuff and the program Cane and Abel is bundled with it, so you may have downloaded something and not even noticed!
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