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Should I remove Arc?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
25% remove it75% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,109
United States Rank #1,764
Reach 0.3061%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.64 days
520.36 days >
Average installed length: 273.41 days


VersionDistribution 0.18% 73.94% 1.72% 24.15%


What is Arc?  (from Perfect World Entertainment)

Arc brings together the best online gaming experiences from Perfect World Entertainment onto one easy-to-use platform. Seamlessly install, update, and launch into your favorite online games all in one place. Check out and download other Perfect World Entertainment games in an extremely easy-to-use interface. Arc's In-G...  Read more


Arc is a software program developed by Perfect World Entertainment. 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. 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. 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 primary executable is named Arc.exe. The setup package generally installs about 41 files and is usually about 68.82 MB (72,162,437 bytes). The installed file ArcUpdate.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 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 57% of users of Arc come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.perfectworld.com/arc
Help link: support.perfectworld.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Perfect World Entertainment\Arc
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{CED8E25B-122A-4E80-B612-7F99B93284B3}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 68.82 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Arc

Program executable:Arc.exe
Additional files:
  • ArcErrRep.exe - Arc bug report System
  • ArcOSOverlay.exe - ArcOSOverlay
  • ArcBrowser.exe - Arc Browser
  • ArcService.exe - Arc Service (Arc Service Install)
  • ArcRepair.exe - ArcRepair (Arc Update System)
  • ArcUpdate.exe - ArcUpdate
  • Arc.exe - Arc
  • ArcLauncher.exe
  • libcef.dll - Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Dynamic Link Library
  • icudt.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • icudt42.dll (by IBM and others)
  • libGLESv2.dll - ANGLE libGLESv2 Dynamic Link Library
  • libEGL.dll - ANGLE libEGL Dynamic Link Library
  • HttpDownloader.dll (by PWRD) - HttpDownDemo Module
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ZLibWrap.dll (by Streamlet Studio) - ZLibWrap (A wrap of Zlib, making the use of ZLib easier in ZIP compressing/extracting.)
  • PDL.dll (by PWRD) - PDL (PDL Engine Dll)
  • PDLHook.dll - PDLHook Module
  • ArcOSBrowser.exe
  • ArcOverlayStub.dll
  • ArcSDK.dll
  • avcodec-53.dll
  • avformat-53.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • CoreUI.dll
  • ZUnZip.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ArcLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EC8F6219-87B7-4C48-A751-37F6007564E9}' (runs on registration).
  • ArcService.exe runs as a service named 'Arc Service' (ArcService) "Launch Arc game platform".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ArcLauncher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Arc' which loads as C:\Program Files\Perfect World Entertainment\Arc\ArcLauncher.exe /autorun.

How do I remove Arc?

You can uninstall Arc 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 Arc, 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 Arc.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 25%
Keep it 75%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 49.91%
Windows 10 47.38%
Windows Vista 1.77%
Windows XP 0.94%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.53%
Windows 8.1 16.88%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.10%
Windows 10 Home 11.90%
Windows 7 Professional 6.73%
Windows 10 Pro 5.43%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.83% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.83%
  Germany 5.19%
  United Kingdom 4.76%
  France 4.24%
  Canada 4.12%
  Brazil 2.07%
  Italy 2.05%
  Australia 1.89%
  Netherlands 1.67%
  Sweden 1.17%
  Belgium 0.85%
  Romania 0.76%
  Austria 0.61%
  DK 0.61%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.28%
ASUS 16.00%
Acer 15.89%
Dell 14.69%
Toshiba 5.82%
Lenovo 4.83%
Alienware 4.07%
Samsung 2.49%
MSI 1.93%
Intel 0.73%
Medion 0.53%
Common models
ASUS All Series 10.77%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.92%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.14%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.92%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.92%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.21%


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