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What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,387
United States Rank #1,258
Reach 0.5863%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.77 days
111.15 days >
Average installed length: 58.40 days


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DTS Sound

What is DTS Sound?  (from DTS)

With DTS Studio Sound, speakers can be tuned for peak performance and to accurately extract and place audio cues for a realistic and immersive surround experience. To provide a complete audio entertainment experience, post-processing and psychoacoustic techniques are implemented for bass and dialog enhancement and to d...  Read more


DTS Sound is a program developed by DTS. The most used version is 1.01.2700, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is dts_apo_service.exe. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 3.63 MB (3,806,224 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 60% of users of DTS Sound come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.dts.com/professionals/sound-technologies/audio-processing/dts-studio-sound-for-connected-tvs.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\DTS, Inc\DTS Studio Sound\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{5A5BA3BD-630B-4707-A46C-788CF6A82AD9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.63 MB

Program filesFiles installed by DTS Sound

Program executable:dts_apo_service.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\DTS, Inc\DTS Studio Sound\dts_apo_service.exe
Additional files:
  • APO3GUI.exe - DTS Studio Sound (APO3GUI)
  • DeviceSupport.dll - APO Device Support LDL
  • Interop.SRS_APO2011_ControllerLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SRS_APO2011_ControllerLib'.
  • dts_apo_task.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • dts_apo_task.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named dts_apo_service_task.
  • dts_apo_service.exe runs as a service named 'DTS APO Service' (dts_apo_service) "Controls the DTS APO".
Startup File (User Run)
  • APO3GUI.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'DTS_GUI' and executes as "C:\Program Files\DTS, Inc\DTS Studio Sound\APO3GUI.exe" /HIDEME.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • APO3GUI.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'DTS Studio Sound' which loads as "C:\Program Files\DTS, Inc\DTS Studio Sound\APO3GUI.exe" /HIDEME.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:14.23 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000862846%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001695%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00006934%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:122,919
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:158 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove DTS Sound?

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

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 96.46%
Windows 7 3.51%
Windows XP 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 77.30%
Windows 8 10.92%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 3.72%
Windows 8.1 Connected 2.24%
Windows 7 Professional 1.74%
Windows 7 Home Premium 1.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.03%
  United Kingdom 9.25%
  Italy 3.04%
  France 2.98%
  Australia 2.60%
  Germany 2.57%
  Canada 2.26%
  Netherlands 1.78%
  Mexico 1.29%
  Belgium 1.26%
  Ireland 1.24%
  Portugal 1.15%
  Spain 1.04%
  New Zealand 0.71%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 99.85%
Hewlett-Packard 0.05%
ASUS 0.05%
Acer 0.03%
Dell 0.02%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 21.77%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55D-A 6.82%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55t-A 5.49%
TOSHIBA Satellite L50-B 4.78%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55Dt-A 3.09%
TOSHIBA Satellite C50-B 2.98%


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