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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,375
United States Rank #3,651
Reach 0.1049%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.07 days
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Average installed length: 295.52 days

Universe Sandbox

What is Universe Sandbox?  (from Giant Army)

Universe Sandbox is a physics based space simulator. Shoot asteroids at the Earth or cause a run away greenhouse effect. Rip apart the rings of Saturn or blow up the Sun.


Universe Sandbox is a program developed by Giant Army. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is Universe Sandbox.exe. The software installer includes 53 files and is usually about 100.66 MB (105,552,293 bytes). AutomaticUpdater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 67% of users of Universe Sandbox come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: universesandbox.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Universe Sandbox
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/72200
Estimated size: 100.66 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Universe Sandbox

Program executable:Universe Sandbox.exe
Name:Universe Sandbox
Path:C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Universe Sandbox\Universe Sandbox.exe
Additional files:
  • Universe Sandbox.exe - Universe Sandbox
  • Ionic.Zip.Reduced.dll (by Dino Chiesa) - DotNetZip Library (Ionic's Zip Library (Reduced))
  • AutomaticUpdater.dll (by wyDay) - AutomaticUpdater
  • steam_api.dll (by Valve) - Steam Client API (Steam Client API ([email protected]))
  • TurboActivate.dll (by wyDay) - TurboActivate
  • LibNoise.Xna.dll (by BigBlackBlock Gamestudio) - LibNoise.Xna
  • TV3D65.dll (by Truevision3D) - TV3D SDK 6.5 (TV3DEngine)
  • AForge.dll (by AForge) - AForge.NET (AForge)
  • AForge.Imaging.dll (by AForge) - AForge.Imaging
  • AForge.Math.dll - AForge.Math
  • WiimoteLib.dll (by Brian Peek (www.brianpeek.com)) - WiimoteLib
  • Squid.dll (by IONSTAR Studios) - Squid
  • Awesomium.dll
  • AwesomiumDotNet.dll
  • converter.exe
  • MTV3D65.dll
  • SlimDX.dll
  • SteamworksWrapper.dll
  • AppOverlay.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll
  • 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
  • msvcr71.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • 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
  • SteamTmp.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • streaming_client.exe
  • t2embed.dll - Microsoft T2Embed Font Embedding
  • 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 '{ABA2DD56-F00B-4D40-AC0A-2B182C57677E}' (runs on registration).
  • SteamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{694711D6-27A0-4D68-8836-D5F25B163A59}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam 2.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • Steam.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.
  • 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.
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.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • Universe Sandbox.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Universe Sandbox\Universe Sandbox.exe'.
  • SteamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Programas\Steam\Steam.exe'.

How do I remove Universe Sandbox?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.76%
Windows 8 41.02%
Windows Vista 1.02%
Windows XP 0.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.93%
Windows 8.1 18.10%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.24%
Windows 7 Professional 8.84%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.46%
Windows 8 4.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.65%
  United Kingdom 7.41%
  Canada 4.87%
  Australia 3.57%
  France 2.49%
  Germany 1.86%
  Netherlands 1.40%
  Brazil 0.93%
  DK 0.88%
  Finland 0.83%
  Norway 0.83%
  New Zealand 0.73%
  Sweden 0.62%
  Spain 0.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.98%
ASUS 17.46%
Dell 14.45%
Acer 12.69%
Lenovo 7.04%
Alienware 4.77%
Toshiba 4.40%
Samsung 3.02%
MSI 1.63%
Intel 1.26%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.10%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.70%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.78%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.78%
MSI MS-7821 2.78%
MSI MS-7752 2.55%


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