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What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,169
United States Rank #16,441
Reach 0.0137%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.39 days
211.32 days >
Average installed length: 111.03 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Typically installed together

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Half-Life 2


Half-Life 2 is a software program developed by Valve. 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 setup package generally installs about 42 files and is usually about 5.39 MB (5,649,035 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 46% of users of Half-Life 2 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steampowered.com
Help link: steampowered.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/steampowered.cfg/php/enduser/entry.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\valve\steam
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{D45EC259-4A19-4656-B588-C2C360DD18EA}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.39 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Half-Life 2

  • uninstall_hl2.exe - Uninstall Half-Life 2
  • adminserver.dll
  • bsppack.dll
  • bugreporter.dll
  • bugreporter_public.dll
  • client.dll
  • dedicated.dll
  • engine.dll
  • filesystem_steam.dll
  • gameui.dll
  • hl2.exe
  • launcher.dll
  • launcher.exe - launcher
  • materialsystem.dll - VALVE materialsystem (materialsystem)
  • mss32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Miles Sound System
  • provision.dll
  • server.dll
  • serverbrowser.dll
  • shaderapidx9.dll
  • shaderapiempty.dll
  • soundemittersystem.dll
  • srcds.exe
  • stdshader_dbg.dll
  • stdshader_dx6.dll
  • stdshader_dx7.dll
  • stdshader_dx8.dll
  • stdshader_dx9.dll
  • steam.dll
  • steamengine.exe
  • studiorender.dll
  • tier0.dll
  • trackernet.dll
  • trackerui.dll
  • unicode.dll
  • unicows.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 95, Windows (R) 98, and Windows (R) Millennium Operating Systems (Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Win9x Systems (MSLU))
  • unitlib.dll
  • vaudio_miles.dll
  • vgui2.dll
  • vguimatsurface.dll
  • vphysics.dll
  • vstdlib.dll
  • vtex.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • hl2.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{80672F72-BE7F-421E-B85B-88DA1F6C8E04}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • hl2.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Counter-Strike Source\hl2.exe'.

How do I remove Half-Life 2?

Quickly and completely remove Half-Life(R) 2 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Half-Life 2 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 Half-Life(R) 2, 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 Half-Life 2.

Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.48%
Windows 8 13.33%
Windows XP 9.70%
Windows Vista 8.48%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.42%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.56%
Windows 7 Professional 12.27%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.82%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.59%
Windows 8.1 5.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.23%
  Germany 9.55%
  United Kingdom 9.05%
  France 8.04%
  Australia 3.52%
  Canada 3.52%
  Finland 2.51%
  Ireland 2.01%
  Brazil 1.51%
  Czech Republic 1.51%
  DK 1.51%
  Netherlands 1.51%
  Sweden 1.51%
  IS 1.01%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 20.93%
ASUS 15.12%
Acer 15.12%
Hewlett-Packard 11.63%
American Megatrends 8.14%
Samsung 4.65%
Intel 2.33%
Medion 2.33%
MSI 2.33%
Toshiba 2.33%
Common models
ASUS All Series 2.97%
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P 1.98%
Acer Aspire 7741 1.98%
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 1.98%
Sony VPCEC4S0E 0.99%
Sony VPCEB33FM 0.99%

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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