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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,410
United States Rank #3,905
Reach 0.1201%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.77 days
406.24 days >
Average installed length: 213.45 days

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Alien Swarm

What is Alien Swarm?

Alien Swarm is a freeware top-down shoot-em-up video game by Valve Corporation. It is a remake of the Alien Swarm mod for Unreal Tournament 2004, and it was developed by the original team, who were hired by Valve during the course of the development process. An Alien Swarm software development kit including buildable source code was released alongside the game.


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 swarm.exe. The software installer includes 43 files and is usually about 1.23 MB (1,290,079 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: store.steampowered.com/app/630
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\games\steam\steamapps\common\alien swarm
Uninstaller: "C:\Games\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/630
Estimated size: 1.23 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Alien Swarm

Program executable:swarm.exe
Path:C:\games\steam\steamapps\common\alien swarm\swarm.exe
Additional files:
  • AppOverlay.dll - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • steamclient.dll - Steam
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • Steam.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • avutil-51.dll
  • libavresample-1.dll
  • libavutil-53.dll
  • SteamTmp.exe
  • streaming_client.exe
  • 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)
  • dxgi.dll
  • libavcodec-55.dll
  • libavformat-55.dll
  • libswscale-2.dll
  • matchmaking_ds.dll
  • serverbrowser.dll
  • serverplugin_empty.dll
  • soundsystem.dll
  • Steam2.dll - Steam Client Engine
  • video.dll
  • vphysics.dll
  • WriteMiniDump.exe - Win32 MiniDump Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D65D5174-F6F6-4F27-A231-681F452734B2}' (runs on registration).
  • SteamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0FA4F2B3-5879-4EB7-87D7-15A36952D352}' (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'.
  • swarm.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Jeux\Steam\steamapps\common\alien swarm\swarm.exe'.
  • SteamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
Network connections
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27019).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to cdn-178-79-196-253.pmo.llnw.net ( port 80).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to cm-04.lux.valve.net ( port 27018).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to (port 27030).
  • SteamTmp.exe connects to VALVE-CORPO.car2.Philadelphia1.Level3.net ( port 27031).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:244.37 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0012367110%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00079164%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00044507%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:53,017,283
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:162.19 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:840.36 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:36.47 MB
Total CPU:0.0126768236%
Kernel CPU:0.00708749%
User CPU:0.00558933%
CPU cycles/sec:30,822,598
I/O reads/min:633.64 KB
I/O writes/min:29.26 KB
Memory:230.39 MB
Total CPU:0.0025027453%
Kernel CPU:0.00142709%
User CPU:0.00107566%
CPU cycles/sec:28,069,388
I/O reads/min:1.77 MB
I/O writes/min:2.18 MB

How do I remove Alien Swarm?

You can uninstall Alien Swarm 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 Alien Swarm, 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 Alien Swarm.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
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 64.73%
Windows 10 31.69%
Windows Vista 2.19%
Windows XP 1.22%
Windows Server 2003 0.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.88%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.19%
Windows 8.1 10.56%
Windows 7 Professional 9.96%
Windows 10 Home 6.95%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.43%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.51%
  Germany 5.78%
  France 4.99%
  United Kingdom 4.65%
  Canada 4.17%
  Australia 3.28%
  Sweden 2.36%
  Finland 1.57%
  DK 1.44%
  Spain 1.40%
  Netherlands 1.37%
  Italy 1.33%
  Russia 0.99%
  Czech Republic 0.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.01%
Acer 17.21%
ASUS 15.77%
Dell 14.17%
Toshiba 5.64%
Lenovo 4.11%
Alienware 3.12%
MSI 2.36%
Samsung 1.45%
Intel 1.14%
Medion 0.61%
Common models
ASUS All Series 9.88%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.51%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.60%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.43%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.25%
MSI MS-7693 2.08%

About Valve

Valve is a video game development and digital distribution company through Steam best known for its critically acclaimed product, Half-Life.
Publisher URL: www.valvesoftware.com


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