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Area 51


Area 51 is a program developed by Midway Home Entertainment. 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 main program executable is A51.exe. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 2.91 MB (3,052,760 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 54% of users of Area 51 come from the United States, it is also popular in Chile and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.Midway.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Midway Games\Area 51\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{CE43CAE0-19A4-41F8-B380-ABA3EBDE624C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.91 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Area 51

Program executable:A51.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Midway Games\Area 51\A51.exe
Additional files:
  • A51.exe
  • A51.dll - Area 51 (Protection Library)
  • binkw32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Bink and Smacker (RAD Video Tools)
  • mss32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Miles Sound System
  • sfdrvup.exe (by Protection Technology (StarForce)) - SF FrontLine (FrontLine Drivers Update Tool)
  • trainer area51 mint by gx4.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • A51.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CAE3E898-EF76-44F7-BE48-76F9027531CE}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Area 51?

You can uninstall Area 51 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 Area 51(R), 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 Area 51.

Win XP 50%
Win 10 13%
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%
United States

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 50.00%
Windows 7 25.00%
Windows Vista 12.50%
Windows 10 12.50%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 50.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 12.50%
Windows Vista Ultimate 12.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.85% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.85%
  Chile 7.69%
  United Kingdom 7.69%
  Croatia 7.69%
  India 7.69%
  Mexico 7.69%
  Netherlands 7.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 40.00%
Intel 20.00%
American Megatrends 20.00%
ASUS 20.00%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 5520 33.33%
Dell Inspiron 530 33.33%


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