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Should I remove Atheros Driver Installation Program?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #189
United States Rank #186
Reach 3.6914%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.72 days
522.81 days >
Average installed length: 274.69 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
10.0 13.15%
9.2 33.60%
9.0 21.26%
8.0.0.305 0.01%
8.0.0.259 0.30%
8.0.0.238 0.38%
8.0.0.225 0.55%
8.0.0.218 0.02%
8.0.0.205 0.03%
8.0.0.177 0.04%
8.0.0.171 0.25%
8.0.0.162 0.01%
8.0.0.144 0.03%
7.7.0.429 0.00%
7.7.0.384 0.01%
7.7.0.356 0.16%
7.7.0.348 0.15%
7.7.0.343 0.05%
7.7.0.329 0.02%
7.7.0.319 0.03%
7.7.0.312 0.03%
7.7.0.268 0.03%
7.7.0.267 0.05%
7.7 0.80%
7.6.1.244 0.03%
7.6.1.224 0.01%
7.6.1.221 0.07%
7.1 5.54%
5.2 16.85%
5.0 6.54%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Atheros Communications

Atheros Driver Installation Program

What is Atheros Driver Installation Program?

This is the driver installer for the Atheros wireless/bluetooth device installed in the computer.

Overview

Atheros Driver Installation Program is a software program developed by Atheros Communications. The most common release is 9.2, 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. 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. The primary executable is named wsimdbub.exe. The setup package generally installs about 7 files and is usually about 1.58 MB (1,657,553 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 49% of users of Atheros Driver Installation Program come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.atheros.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Atheros
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{C3A32068-8AB1-4327-BB16-BED9C6219DC7}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x040a
Estimated size: 1.58 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Atheros Driver Installation Program

Program executable:wsimdbub.exe
Name:wsimdbub
wsimd bind unbind utility
Path:C:\Program Files\Atheros\wsimdbub.exe
MD5:12d6688d8f912f74739ebd17da9a06e4
Additional files:
  • DiagAPI.dll - DiagAPI Dynamic Link Library
  • AWiCDiag.exe - AWiC Diagnostics Utility
  • oemres.dll - oemres (Atheros OEM Resource DLL)
  • ACU.exe - ACU (Atheros Client Utility)
  • Ath_WlanAgent.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Service
  • Ath_WlanAgent.exe runs as a service named 'ZAtheros Wlan Agent' (ZAtheros Wlan Agent) "Atheros agent for Wlan".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ACU.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ACU' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Atheros\ACU.exe" -nogui.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

ACU.exe
Memory:6.02 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.1875598086%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.11100478%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.07655502%
0.015104% average
Switches/sec:73
70 average
I/O reads/min:88 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:93 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Ath_WlanAgent.exe
Memory:1.23 MB
Total CPU:0.0001232739%
Kernel CPU:0.00010910%
User CPU:0.00001418%

How do I remove Atheros Driver Installation Program?

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

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 7 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.04%
Windows Vista 16.19%
Windows 8 10.21%
Windows XP 1.56%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.23%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.74%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.37%
Windows 7 Professional 6.66%
Windows 8.1 5.34%
Windows Vista Home Basic 3.15%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.91%
  United Kingdom 4.83%
  Canada 3.20%
  Germany 3.17%
  Italy 2.95%
  Australia 2.79%
  France 2.54%
  Spain 1.48%
  MA 1.22%
  Netherlands 1.21%
  India 1.19%
  Iran 1.15%
  Indonesia 1.15%
  Brazil 1.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 47.13%
Toshiba 35.43%
Acer 10.58%
ASUS 5.79%
Dell 1.07%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.60%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.66%
HP G60 Notebook PC 5.29%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 4.07%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.99%
HP G62 Notebook PC 3.47%

About Atheros Communications

Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, focusing primarily on wireless. The Atheros chipsets for the IEEE 802.
Publisher URL: www.qca.qualcomm.com

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