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What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,980
United States Rank #2,794
Reach 0.3891%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.62 days
372.39 days >
Average installed length: 195.67 days


1.6 0.02%

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What is Counter-Strike?

Counter-Strike is a tactical first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation which originated from a Half-Life modification. The game has been expanded into a series since its original release, which currently includes Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Counter-Strike pits a team of terrorists against a team of counter-terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won by either completing the mission objective or eliminating the opposing force.


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named hl.exe. The setup package generally installs about 138 files and is usually about 71.58 MB (75,059,206 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.counter-strike.net
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\steam\steamapps\tepekaz\counter-strike
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/10
Estimated size: 71.58 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Counter-Strike

Program executable:hl.exe
Name:Steam Half-Life Launcher
Half-Life Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life\hl.exe
Additional files:
  • AppOverlay.dll - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • steamclient.dll - Steam
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • Steam.dll
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • gameoverlayui.exe - gameoverlayui.exe ([email protected])
  • hlds.exe - HLDS Launcher
  • hltv.exe - HLTV Launcher
  • streaming_client.exe
  • Core.dll
  • DemoPlayer.dll
  • FileSystem_Stdio.dll
  • proxy.dll
  • swds.dll
  • vgui.dll
  • vgui2.dll
  • hw.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • libavresample-1.dll
  • sw.dll
  • libavutil-53.dll
  • SteamTmp.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Scheduled Tasks
  • SteamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C595049B-AAB0-4C64-8971-CFB8A1A5FDD3}' (runs on registration).
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8D3582C1-41C7-41A8-B26C-6621A697867F}' (runs on registration).
  • hl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2E03752A-1637-4903-B802-90372B240C9D}' (runs on registration).
  • hlds.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{424AB74C-911C-4999-BEE9-8A91BA9EA944}' (runs on registration).
  • GameOverlayUI.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{98D22EE8-FBCE-4B0A-A638-4A27C81582F5}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam Startup.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steam.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\steam\steam.exe.
  • SteamTmp.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.
5 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • hl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life\hl.exe'.
  • steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Gamerelated\steamXP\Steam.exe'.
  • hltv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Niku\Games\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life\hltv.exe'.
  • SteamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • hlds.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life\hlds.exe'.
Network connections
  • Steam.exe connects to a96-7-41-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27018).
  • steam.exe connects to unknown.hwng.net ( port 27017).
  • steam.exe connects to VALVE-CORPO.edge4.London2.Level3.net ( port 80).
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27019).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to PROGRESS-TE.edge3.NewYork1.Level3.net ( port 27031).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to cdn-178-79-196-253.pmo.llnw.net ( port 80).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to (port 27017).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:151.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003899617%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00015490%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00023506%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:41,366,072
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:3.07 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.78 MB
105.02 KB average
Memory:36.47 MB
Total CPU:0.0126768236%
Kernel CPU:0.00708749%
User CPU:0.00558933%
CPU cycles/sec:30,822,598
I/O reads/min:633.64 KB
I/O writes/min:29.26 KB
Memory:230.39 MB
Total CPU:0.0025027453%
Kernel CPU:0.00142709%
User CPU:0.00107566%
CPU cycles/sec:28,069,388
I/O reads/min:1.77 MB
I/O writes/min:2.18 MB

How do I remove Counter-Strike?

Quickly and completely remove Counter-Strike from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Counter-Strike 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 Counter-Strike, 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 Counter-Strike.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.97%
Windows 8 30.51%
Windows XP 2.60%
Windows Vista 1.87%
Windows Server 2003 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.12%
Windows 8.1 11.16%
Windows 7 Professional 9.65%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.84%
Windows 10 Home 2.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.51%
  Sweden 6.68%
  Germany 6.60%
  France 5.30%
  United Kingdom 4.34%
  Brazil 3.36%
  Canada 3.22%
  Romania 3.02%
  DK 2.62%
  Poland 2.49%
  Norway 2.39%
  Russia 2.11%
  Finland 2.01%
  Australia 1.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.22%
ASUS 19.12%
Acer 16.55%
Dell 13.78%
Lenovo 4.70%
Samsung 4.07%
Toshiba 3.50%
Alienware 2.47%
MSI 2.04%
Intel 1.23%
American Megatrends 0.53%
Common models
ASUS All Series 10.36%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.14%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.23%
MSI MS-7821 2.57%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.32%
MSI MS-7693 1.99%

About Valve

Valve is a video game development and digital distribution company through Steam best known for its critically acclaimed product, Half-Life.
Publisher URL: www.valvesoftware.com


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