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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,913
United States Rank #2,847
Reach 0.3470%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.10 days
652.09 days >
Average installed length: 342.63 days


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Age of Empires III

What is Age of Empires III?

Age of Empires III is a real-time strategy game developed by Microsoft Corporation's Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Age of Empires III allows the player to play as eight different civilizations. The story-based campaign mode consists of related scenarios with preset objectives, such as destroying a given building. In Age of Empires III, the campaign follows the fictional Black family in a series of three "Acts", which divide the story arc into three generations.


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 age3.exe. The setup package generally installs about 151 files and is usually about 2.08 MB (2,183,050 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/games/age3
Help link: www.microsoft.com/games/age3/support.asp
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\Driver\11\INTEL3~1\IDriver.exe /M{7B9CC60A-9B81-46A3-A953-76B6BF9EEC97}
Estimated size: 2.08 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Age of Empires III

Program executable:age3.exe
Name:Microsoft Ensemble Studios Age of Empires 3
Age of Empires 3
Path:C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\age3.exe
Additional files:
  • unicows.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 95, Windows (R) 98, and Windows (R) Millennium Operating Systems (Win9x Supplemental Unicode eXtension)
  • chktrust.exe - Microsoft(R) Windows (R) 2000 Operating System (Microsoft Trust ChkTrust Utility)
  • autorun.exe - Autorun utility for Microsoft Game Studios (Microsoft Autorun)
  • deformerdlly.dll - Age of Empires III : The Asian Dynasties (deformer Dynamic Link Library)
  • EsInety.dll - Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties (EsInet Dynamic Link Library)
  • dw15.exe - Microsoft Application Error Reporting
  • dwintl.dll
  • ConfigDetect.dll - ConfigDetect Dynamic Link Library
  • ConfigDetectx.dll
  • ConfigDetecty.dll
  • setuphelper.dll - SetupHelper Dynamic Link Library
  • age3y.exe - Age of Empires III Expansion 2
  • Eula.dll - Microsoft Corporation EulaDll (EulaDll)
  • eulax.dll
  • eulay.dll
  • msvcp71.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library)
  • msvcr71.dll - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • mgspid.dll - Microsoft Corporation MGSPID (MGSPID)
  • mgspidx.dll
  • mgspidy.dll
  • instmsiw.exe - Windows Installer - Unicode (Installer for the Windows Installer)
  • netman.dll - Network Connections Manager
  • WindowsInstaller-KB893803-x86.exe - Windows Installer 3.1 (Update Package)
  • CDCheck.exe - CDCheck Application
  • setup.exe - Age of Empires III (Setup Launcher)
  • DPLAY61A.EXE - DPlay6.1A Cabpack (DirectX cabpack for Dplay Service Pack)
  • empires2.exe - Age of Empires II
  • instmsia.exe - Windows Installer
  • PidGen.dll - Microsoft PidGen (PidGen)
  • PidGenX.dll - Pidgen Module
  • pidgeny.dll
  • splash.exe - Splash Screen
  • rockalldll.dll - Rockall (Rockall Heap Manager DLL)
  • age3x.exe (by Ensemble Studios) - Microsoft Ensemble Studios Age of Empires 3: The WarChiefs (Age of Empires 3: The WarChiefs)
  • deformerdll.dll (by Ensemble Studios) - Microsoft Ensemble Studios Age of Empires 3
  • esinet.dll
  • instapupy.exe - Age of Empires 3 Patcher
  • binkw32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Bink and Smacker (RAD Video Tools)
  • d3d9.dll (by ENB) - ENBSeries mod
  • aoe3loader.exe (by crea-doo) - aoe3loader
  • aoe3-112-english.exe (by Pocket Soft) - RTPatch (RTPatch Executable)
  • aoe3-113-english.exe (by Pocket Soft)
  • age.dll
  • Age3xLauncher.exe
  • anticheat2.dll
  • deformerdllx.dll
  • EsInetx.dll
  • filecrc.exe
  • instapup.exe
  • SetupENU.dll
  • SetupENU2.dll
  • SetupENU3.dll
  • uninstall.exe
  • vooblynat2.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Scheduled Tasks
  • age3.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7660B34D-C2B3-4564-BE20-84DE55E4BF6F}' (runs on registration).
  • age3y.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F35B72BE-C1C8-453A-86D8-EE68ADEEE760}' (runs on registration).
  • age3x.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D75B82FB-4EEB-406F-87CC-23CEB5C3B70A}' (runs on registration).
  • splash.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B6FDB5E4-F8DA-4A3C-B7A4-5E8F01427094}' (runs on registration).
  • Age3xLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EE7645E5-1431-4CEA-BD89-6C0C346489A7}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • age3.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Express DownloaderUpdate.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • age3.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SmartAudio' which loads as C:\Program Files\CONEXANT\SAII\SAIICpl.exe /t.
4 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • age3x.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\age3x.exe'.
  • age3.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\age3.exe'.
  • age3y.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\AOE3\age3y.exe'.
  • empires2.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\empires2.exe'.

How do I remove Age of Empires III?

You can uninstall Age of Empires III 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Age of Empires III, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Age of Empires III.

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.87%
Windows 10 30.55%
Windows Vista 4.63%
Windows XP 3.94%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.65%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.61%
Windows 8.1 9.42%
Windows 7 Professional 7.87%
Windows 10 Home 6.29%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.97% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.97%
  France 8.28%
  Germany 8.24%
  United Kingdom 4.58%
  Brazil 4.30%
  Australia 3.63%
  Canada 3.42%
  Netherlands 3.13%
  Italy 3.08%
  Belgium 2.01%
  India 1.56%
  Mexico 1.45%
  Spain 1.33%
  Sweden 1.31%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.27%
Acer 18.81%
Dell 16.72%
ASUS 14.75%
Toshiba 5.34%
Lenovo 5.02%
Samsung 4.08%
MSI 1.24%
Intel 1.16%
Alienware 0.85%
Medion 0.75%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.23%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.98%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.83%
ASUS All Series 3.82%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.60%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.38%

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Studios is the video game production of Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox and Games for Windows.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com/games


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