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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,727
United States Rank #8,085
Reach 0.0324%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.75 days
435.04 days >
Average installed length: 228.58 days


VersionDistribution 14.54% 1.54% 0.44% 0.22% 0.88% 59.47% 0.44% 4.41% 5.73% 4.85% 0.66% 0.22% 0.22% 2.86% 0.22% 0.22% 0.66% 0.22% 0.22% 0.22% 0.22% 0.44% 0.22% 0.66% 0.22%

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Z Engine


Z Engine is a software program developed by Ideazon. The most common release is, with over 98% 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 setup package generally installs about 37 files and is usually about 9.56 MB (10,019,832 bytes). The installed file Update.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 63% of users of Z Engine come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steelseries.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ideazon\ZEngine\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{64E47A5F-B3C4-476A-9100-2D006BD1FFB4}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.56 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Z Engine

  • Interop.RepositoryTypeLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library RepositoryTypeLib
  • Interop.IZDeviceLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IZDeviceLib'.
  • Interop.WBOCXLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WBOCXLib'.
  • Interop.SHDocVw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • ZESystem.dll (by Remotesoft) - Remotesoft .NET Protector (rscoree)
  • IZDevice.dll
  • AlphaUmodeEngine.dll - Ideazon Z Engine
  • Client.dll
  • DBSEngine.dll
  • DeviceManager.dll
  • GUIengine.dll
  • GuiTranslation.dll
  • killer.exe
  • KillZboard.exe
  • logger.dll
  • SystemLogic.dll
  • SysTray.dll
  • UmodeEngine.dll
  • Update.exe
  • Utils.dll
  • Zboard.exe
  • ZEUpdate.dll
  • anim.dll (by Neil Banfield) - WindowBlinds (Animation Core)
  • AxInterop.SHDocVw.dll
  • AxInterop.WBOCXLib.dll
  • Client.XmlSerializers.dll
  • KillZboardDll.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Zboard.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CF774F2F-0DEA-4A29-9FDE-F9979F01A857}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • Zboard.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Ideazon Z Engine' and executes as C:\Program Files\Ideazon\ZEngine\Zboard.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Zboard.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Zboard' which loads as C:\Program Files\Ideazon\ZEngine\Zboard.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Zboard.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ideazon\ZEngine\Zboard.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:27.57 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0395750182%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02070559%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01886943%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:11,940,687
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:178.37 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:9.21 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Z Engine?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 73.57%
Windows 8 20.26%
Windows XP 3.30%
Windows Vista 2.86%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.92%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.13%
Windows 7 Professional 14.98%
Windows 8.1 5.07%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.07%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.32% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.32%
  Canada 10.03%
  Germany 5.92%
  United Kingdom 4.77%
  France 3.62%
  Spain 1.32%
  Australia 1.15%
  Sweden 1.15%
  Netherlands 1.15%
  Czech Republic 0.82%
  South Africa 0.82%
  DK 0.66%
  Norway 0.66%
  Belgium 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 17.99%
Acer 14.29%
Hewlett-Packard 13.23%
ASUS 12.70%
Alienware 5.82%
Intel 4.23%
American Megatrends 3.17%
Toshiba 2.12%
MSI 1.59%
Apple 1.06%
Common models
ASUS All Series 7.86%
MSI MS-7640 3.57%
Dell XPS 8300 3.57%
MSI MS-7693 2.86%
NVIDIA 132-CK-NF79 2.86%
Alienware Alienware X51 2.86%


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