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Should I remove ARK: Survival Evolved?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,603
United States Rank #4,668
Reach 0.1012%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.98 days
117.37 days >
Average installed length: 61.67 days

ARK: Survival Evolved


ARK: Survival Evolved is a program developed by Studio Wildcard. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is Contig.exe. The software installer includes 117 files and is usually about 23.48 MB (24,624,316 bytes). The software utilizes the Nokia Qt cross-platforms C++ framework. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 52% of users of ARK: Survival Evolved come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.playark.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/346110
Estimated size: 23.48 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ARK: Survival Evolved

Program executable:Contig.exe
Name:Sysinternals Contig
Path:C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\Contig.exe
Additional files:
  • ShooterGame.exe
  • ShooterGameServer.exe
  • SteamUI.dll (by Valve) - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • AppOverlay.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • SimulClouds_MD.dll
  • Steam.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • steamclient.dll
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • streaming_client.exe
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • uninstall.exe
  • video.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • icui18n.dll
  • icuuc.dll
  • libavcodec-56.dll
  • libavformat-56.dll
  • libavresample-2.dll
  • libavutil-54.dll
  • libswscale-3.dll
  • ShooterGameOldLoad.exe
  • v8.dll
  • winh264.dll
  • ApexFramework_x64.dll (by NVIDIA) - APEX Dynamic Link Library
  • ARK_LAUNCHER-MP.EXE (by Kortal) - ARK Launcher
  • ARK_LAUNCHER-SP.EXE (by Kortal) - ARK Launcher SP
  • ArkData.dll (by AuthiQ) - ArkData SDK
  • BEClient_x64.dll
  • BEServer_x64.dll
  • BEService_x64.exe
  • Contig.exe (by Sysinternals) - Sysinternals Contig (Contig)
  • Crysis.exe
  • CSERHelper.dll - CSER Helper (Debug Helper Routines)
  • d3dcompiler_46.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • d3dcompiler_46_64.dll (by Microsoft)
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • DSETUP.dll - Direct driver preloader
  • dsetup32.dll - DirectX Setup - 32-bit piece
  • DXSETUP.exe - Microsoft DirectX Setup
  • EO.Wpf.dll (by Essential Objects) - EO.Wpf
  • ExcelPackage.dll (by Open Source) - ExcelPackage
  • icudt51.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • icuin51.dll (by The ICU Project) - ICU I18N DLL
  • icuuc51.dll - ICU Common DLL
  • Ionic.BZip2.dll (by Dino Chiesa) - DotNetZip Library (Ionic's Managed BZIP2)
  • libav_h264-56.dll
  • libogg_64.dll
  • libvorbis_64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FF23C75C-14EB-43D8-9061-00CB24BD063F}' (runs on registration).
  • DXSETUP.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{83EE4058-A0A8-44B6-A116-14CD927D91B6}' (runs on registration).
  • Contig.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F082F9FD-9203-48FE-8914-C7D26B851ADE}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam_Reg_HKCURun_S-1-5-21-3420527040-1261894735-2970360055-1001.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steam' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Steam' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • ShooterGame.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64\ShooterGame.exe'.

How do I remove ARK: Survival Evolved?

Quickly and completely remove ARK: Survival Evolved from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall ARK: Survival Evolved 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ARK: Survival Evolved, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 ARK: Survival Evolved.

Win 8 65%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 64.86%
Windows 7 34.72%
Windows Vista 0.28%
Windows XP 0.07%
Windows 8.1 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 25.55%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.95%
Windows 8.1 15.20%
Windows 10 Pro 14.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.71%
Windows 7 Professional 6.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.58% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.58%
  United Kingdom 7.16%
  Germany 5.39%
  France 5.00%
  Canada 4.44%
  Sweden 3.16%
  Australia 2.67%
  Netherlands 2.28%
  Norway 2.11%
  DK 2.05%
  Brazil 1.44%
  Austria 1.28%
  Belgium 0.94%
  Spain 0.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 21.75%
Hewlett-Packard 17.71%
Acer 14.50%
Dell 9.95%
Lenovo 5.90%
MSI 5.90%
Alienware 5.90%
Toshiba 3.20%
Medion 2.53%
Intel 1.35%
Apple 0.51%
Common models
ASUS All Series 23.41%
MSI MS-7693 3.27%
MSI MS-7821 3.27%
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 2.54%
MSI MS-7641 2.54%
MSI MS-7917 2.54%


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