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6% remove it94% keep it
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United States Rank #7,919
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VersionDistribution
1.0 100.00%

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Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Extras

Overview

Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Extras is a software program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 setup package generally installs about 27 files. The installed file AutoUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. 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 61% of users of Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Extras come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{2

Program filesFiles installed by Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Extras

  • HELPER.EXE - Creative Product Registration (Creative Product Registration helper application)
  • InetReg.exe - Product Registration Program
  • AutoUpdate.exe - Creative Software AutoUpdate
  • AutoUpdateA.exe
  • CTSUApp.exe - Creative Software AutoUpdate Manager
  • CTSUAppu.exe
  • AddCat.exe - Creative Daisy Chain System (Installation of Catalog File)
  • CTSi.exe - Creative System Information
  • SBRnPCIe.exe - Sound Blaster Control Panel
  • setup.exe - Creative Technology Ltd (Driver Setup Tool)
  • CTAudSvc.exe - Creative Audio Service
  • CtHdaS64.EXE - Creative Audio Product (Creative High Definition Audio Service)
  • CtHdaSvc.EXE
  • MusicSvr.exe - Creative Music Server
  • NotiMan.exe - Notification Manager
  • ALchemy.exe - Creative ALchemy
  • CTSched.exe - Creative CTSched (Creative Scheduler)
  • oalinst.exe - OpenAL Installer
  • CTRegSvr.exe - CTRegSvr
  • CTRegSvu.exe
  • CTSURun.exe - CTSURun
  • AddMCat.exe - AddCat
  • CtEpDef32.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • ALchemy.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{444A7FFB-027E-4AD8-83EE-0EC6F97FE407}' (runs on registration).
  • CTSUAppu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9EB8847-EBD3-4A90-8E71-B00AE245BF77}' (runs on registration).
  • AutoUpdate.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{13231116-DDAC-43E6-8F12-0A39678E2F1E}' (runs on registration).
  • CTSUApp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FA918D15-4C07-4806-94AD-40968E711ECA}' (runs on registration).
Service
  • CTAudSvc.exe runs as a service named 'CTAudSvcService' (CTAudSvcService).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • AutoUpdate.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Creative Software Update' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Software Update\AutoUpdate.exe" /Silent.
  • CTSched.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CreativeTaskScheduler' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\CTSched.exe" /logon.
2 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • CTSURun.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'CTSU' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Software Update\CTSURun.exe".
  • AutoUpdate.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'CTAutoUpdate' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Software Update\AutoUpdate.exe" /RunFromInstaller.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SBRnPCIe.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Control Panel' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe\Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Control Panel\SBRnPCIe.exe" /r.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

NotiMan.exe
Memory:2.17 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000019468%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00000063%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000131%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:366
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
CTSched.exe
Memory:1014 KB
Kernel CPU:0.00000337%
CPU cycles/sec:7,866

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win XP 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.69%
Windows 8 41.75%
Windows Vista 0.38%
Windows XP 0.19%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 20.91%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.01%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.11%
Windows 8.1 Pro 15.59%
Windows 8.1 6.65%
Windows 8 Pro 6.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.95% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.95%
  Germany 10.26%
  United Kingdom 5.36%
  Canada 4.90%
  Australia 3.22%
  France 1.23%
  Italy 1.23%
  Netherlands 1.23%
  Austria 1.07%
  Sweden 0.92%
  Japan 0.77%
  Belgium 0.61%
  Finland 0.61%
  Brazil 0.46%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 50.19%
GIGABYTE 23.74%
Hewlett-Packard 7.39%
Acer 6.61%
ASUS 5.45%
Alienware 5.06%
MSI 0.78%
American Megatrends 0.78%
Common models
Dell XPS 8700 25.53%
Dell XPS 8500 9.22%
ASUS All Series 6.38%
Alienware Aurora-R4 4.61%
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 4.26%
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 2.13%

About Creative Technology Ltd

Creative designs, manufactures and distributes digitized sound and video boards, computers and related multimedia, and personal digital entertainment products.
Publisher URL: us.creative.com

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