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Should I remove Watch_Dogs?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,573
United States Rank #3,547
Reach 0.2774%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.53 days
399.23 days >
Average installed length: 209.76 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.00 0.39%
1.0.0.0 0.08%

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Watch_Dogs

What is Watch_Dogs?  (from Ubisoft)

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You'll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal informati...  Read more

Overview

Watch_Dogs is a software program developed by Ubisoft. The most common release is 1.00, with over 0% of all installations currently using this version. 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 downloader.exe. The setup package generally installs about 402 files and is usually about 5.28 MB (5,534,544 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 8 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 31% of users of Watch_Dogs come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: watchdogs.ubi.com
Help link: support.ubi.com
Installation folder: C:/Watch_Dogs/
Uninstaller: "C:\Ubisoft Game Launcher\Uplay.exe" uplaC://uninstall/274
Estimated size: 5.28 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Watch_Dogs

Program executable:downloader.exe
Path:C:\watch_dogs\bin\downloader.exe
MD5:77f2fc21f578c8a1dba24b3f7382894e
Additional files:
  • Watch_Dogs.exe - Watch_Dogs
  • npuplaypc.dll
  • npuplaypchub.dll
  • overlay.dll
  • overlay64.dll
  • ubiorbitapi_r2.dll
  • ubiorbitapi_r264.dll
  • UbisoftGameLauncher.exe
  • UbisoftGameLauncher64.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - Uplay 4.3 installer (Ubisoft Uplay Installer)
  • Uplay.exe - Uplay (Uplay launcher)
  • UplayCrashReporter.exe
  • UplayService.exe
  • uplay_r1.dll
  • uplay_r164.dll
  • Disrupt_b64.dll
  • GFSDK_TXAA.win64.dll
  • uplay_r1_loader64.dll (by *!ReLOADeD!*) - UPlay
  • 3dmGameDll.dll
  • bink2w64.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Bink and Smacker (RAD Video Tools)
  • dbghelp.dll (by Microsoft) - Windows Image Helper
  • dbghelp64.dll (by Microsoft)
  • GFSDK_SSAO.win64.dll
  • gpudatabase.dll - GPU Database DLL (Ubisoft Entertainment)
  • Launcher.exe (by EA Games) - Watch_Dogs Launcher (Watch_Dogs Launcher Setup)
  • systemdetection64.dll - System Detection DLL
  • uext64.dll
  • UplayInstaller.exe
  • VS_2008_vcredist_sp1_x64.exe - Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable (Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Setup)
  • VS_2010_vcredist_x64.exe - Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable (Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable Setup)
  • xinput1_3.dll (by http://x360ce.googlecode.com) - XBOX 360 Controller Emulator
  • AppOverlay.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll (by Valve)
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • D3D11Install.exe - DirectX SDK (Direct3D 11 Install Helper Command-line EXE)
  • D3D11InstallHelper.dll - Direct3D 11 Install Helper DLL
  • d3d9.dll
  • dotnetfx35.exe - .NET Framework 3.5 (.NET Framework 3.5 Setup)
  • DSETUP.dll - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct driver preloader)
  • dsetup32.dll - DirectX Setup - 32-bit piece
  • DXSETUP.exe - Microsoft DirectX Setup
  • FirewallInstall.exe
  • FirewallInstallHelper.dll - Firewall Install Helper DLL
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam
  • GameuxInstallHelper.dll - Game Explorer Install Helper DLL
  • GDFInstall.exe
  • GDFWin7.dll
  • GDFWin8.dll
  • GDFWinVista.dll
  • icui18n.dll
  • icuuc.dll
  • libcef.dll - Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Dynamic Link Library
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • Steam.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • steamclient.dll
  • steamclient64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npuplaypc.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npuplaypc.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npuplaypc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'ubisoft.com/uplaypc' with a plugin key of 'ubisoft.com/uplaypc'.
6 Scheduled Tasks
  • watch_dogs.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BF72A3E4-89B2-4194-9BCB-7FA7FFAAE777}' (runs on registration).
  • Uplay.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6325695F-095E-48BB-A26D-E16C9DC82680}' (runs on registration).
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7C40359F-F4AC-4124-B606-EE6C3C967C84}' (runs on registration).
  • DXSETUP.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{83EE4058-A0A8-44B6-A116-14CD927D91B6}' (runs on registration).
  • UplayService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B9FF8EE9-7A83-438F-9F1D-D3BF01EDFB1A}' (runs on registration).
  • UbisoftGameLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7DDF20BA-DBF3-449F-B6D7-AA6D3E0B530C}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (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.
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.
4 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • UbisoftGameLauncher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\UbisoftGameLauncher.exe'.
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • UplayService.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\UplayService.exe'.
  • Uplay.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\Uplay.exe'.

How do I remove Watch_Dogs?

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

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Watch_Dogs you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#2,573

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 50.53%
Windows 7 49.32%
Windows Vista 0.15%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.97%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.51%
Windows 8.1 17.83%
Windows 8.1 Pro 14.66%
Windows 7 Professional 8.55%
Windows 10 Home 4.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.61% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.61%
  France 8.24%
  Germany 8.03%
  United Kingdom 6.47%
  Canada 3.80%
  Netherlands 2.83%
  Sweden 2.78%
  Australia 2.72%
  DK 2.51%
  Italy 2.42%
  Brazil 2.28%
  Norway 2.07%
  Turkey 1.66%
  Belgium 1.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 24.96%
Acer 15.74%
Hewlett-Packard 13.70%
GIGABYTE 12.33%
Dell 8.74%
Lenovo 6.88%
Alienware 5.86%
MSI 4.55%
Toshiba 2.15%
Samsung 2.09%
Intel 1.26%
Medion 1.20%
Common models
ASUS All Series 25.18%
MSI MS-7821 5.27%
LENOVO 20217 2.56%
MSI MS-7758 2.49%
MSI MS-7816 2.49%
MSI MS-7752 2.12%

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a video game publisher and developer whos knonw brands include Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Beyond Good & Evil,Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Far Cry and Rayman.
Publisher URL: www.ubi.com

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