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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,017
United States Rank #15,724
Reach 0.0102%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.62 days
224.69 days >
Average installed length: 118.06 days

The Dead Linger


The Dead Linger is a software program developed by Sandswept Studios. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 TDL.exe. The setup package generally installs about 27 files and is usually about 1.14 GB (1,227,351,000 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 63% of users of The Dead Linger come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.thedeadlinger.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\The Dead Linger
Uninstaller: "C:\Games\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/245130
Estimated size: 1.14 GB

Program filesFiles installed by The Dead Linger

Program executable:TDL.exe
Path:C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\The Dead Linger\TDL.exe
Additional files:
  • TDL.exe
  • AppOverlay.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay ([email protected]))
  • AppOverlay64.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay ([email protected])
  • avutil-51.dll
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library (Steam Crash Handler Library ([email protected]))
  • crashhandler64.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library ([email protected])
  • CSERHelper.dll - CSER Helper (Debug Helper Routines)
  • dbghelp.dll (by Microsoft) - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer (Steam Game Overlay Renderer ([email protected]))
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer ([email protected])
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam (gameoverlayui.exe ([email protected]))
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • Steam.dll - Steam Client Engine
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper (Steam Client Bootstrapper ([email protected]))
  • steam_api.dll - Steam Client API (Steam Client API ([email protected]))
  • steamclient.dll - Steamclient.dll ([email protected])
  • steamclient64.dll - Steamclient.dll ([email protected])
  • steamerrorreporter.exe - steamerrorreporter.exe ([email protected])
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe - steamerrorreporter.exe ([email protected])
  • SteamTmp.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library (SteamUI Dynamic Link Library ([email protected]))
  • SteamworksNative.dll
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library (tier0_s Dynamic Link Library ([email protected]))
  • tier0_s64.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library ([email protected])
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll ([email protected])
  • vstdlib_s64.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll ([email protected])
  • WriteMiniDump.exe - Win32 MiniDump Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CBE023F5-9D76-4358-A84B-A82A47A8BF8E}' (runs on registration).
  • SteamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0FA4F2B3-5879-4EB7-87D7-15A36952D352}' (runs on registration).
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.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • SteamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
Network connections
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to cdn-178-79-196-253.pmo.llnw.net ( port 80).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to cm-04.lux.valve.net ( port 27018).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to (port 27030).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to VALVE-CORPO.car2.Philadelphia1.Level3.net ( port 27031).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27017).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:36.47 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0126768236%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00708749%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00558933%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:30,822,598
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:633.64 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:29.26 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:193.45 MB
Total CPU:0.0003719708%
Kernel CPU:0.00019207%
User CPU:0.00017990%
CPU cycles/sec:40,073,671
I/O reads/min:692.26 KB
I/O writes/min:904.87 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 The Dead Linger?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 7 3%
Auto-starting? 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 65.03%
Windows 8 34.97%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.03%
Windows 8.1 18.31%
Windows 7 Professional 13.38%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.68%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.63%
Windows 8 Pro 3.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.57% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.57%
  United Kingdom 8.56%
  Canada 6.42%
  Australia 5.35%
  France 2.14%
  Germany 1.60%
  Ireland 1.60%
  Netherlands 1.60%
  Sweden 1.60%
  Finland 1.07%
  Norway 1.07%
  United Arab Emirates 0.53%
  Austria 0.53%
  Brazil 0.53%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.39%
ASUS 20.90%
Alienware 16.42%
Acer 13.43%
Lenovo 7.46%
Dell 5.97%
Intel 4.48%
American Megatrends 1.49%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.33%
MSI MS-7751 4.17%
Alienware Alienware X51 3.13%
Alienware M14xR2 2.08%
ASUSTeK G75VW 2.08%
Dell XPS 8500 2.08%


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