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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,954
United States Rank #7,742
Reach 0.0425%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 62.20 days
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Average installed length: 149.52 days

Dear Esther


Dear Esther is a software program developed by thechineseroom & Robert Briscoe. 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 dearesther.exe. The setup package generally installs about 38 files and is usually about 132.66 MB (139,103,185 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 58% of users of Dear Esther come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.dear-esther.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Dear Esther
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/203810
Estimated size: 132.66 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Dear Esther

Program executable:dearesther.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Dear Esther\dearesther.exe
Additional files:
  • libfreespace.dll (by Hillcrest Laboratories) - libfreespace (libfreespace DLL)
  • d3d9.dll
  • dxgi.dll
  • hijackdll.dll
  • Perception.exe
  • AppOverlay.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll (by Valve)
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • 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)
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam
  • libavcodec-55.dll
  • libavformat-55.dll
  • libavresample-1.dll
  • libavutil-53.dll
  • libswscale-2.dll
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • Steam.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • Steam2.dll - Steam Client Engine
  • steamclient.dll
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • streaming_client.exe
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • video.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • WriteMiniDump.exe - Win32 MiniDump Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0A7CD642-755B-4352-BD9E-064734827C0D}' (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 File (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.
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.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
Network connections
  • Steam.exe connects to a96-7-41-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27018).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:21.35 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004747990%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00032078%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00015402%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:16,959,400
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:35.45 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:3.3 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:151.98 MB
Total CPU:0.0003899617%
Kernel CPU:0.00015490%
User CPU:0.00023506%
CPU cycles/sec:41,366,072
I/O reads/min:3.07 MB
I/O writes/min:1.78 MB

How do I remove Dear Esther?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.51%
Windows 8 47.32%
Windows Vista 0.17%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.85%
Windows 8.1 22.48%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.09%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.91%
Windows 7 Professional 10.07%
Windows 8 4.19%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.70%
  United Kingdom 8.96%
  Canada 4.90%
  Germany 4.06%
  Australia 3.64%
  France 3.64%
  Netherlands 2.38%
  Norway 1.40%
  DK 1.26%
  Finland 1.26%
  Czech Republic 0.98%
  Sweden 0.98%
  Spain 0.84%
  New Zealand 0.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.39%
ASUS 18.42%
Dell 12.83%
Acer 10.86%
Lenovo 7.89%
MSI 4.61%
Alienware 4.28%
Toshiba 3.95%
Samsung 1.32%
Medion 1.32%
Intel 0.66%
Common models
ASUS All Series 12.38%
MSI MS-7821 4.29%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.86%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.38%
LENOVO 20217 2.38%
Alienware M14xR2 1.90%


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