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Should I remove Atheros Client Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,188
United States Rank #24,416
Reach 0.0108%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.28 days
421.32 days >
Average installed length: 221.37 days


9.0 0.47%
7.7 46.23%
10.0 0.47%

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Atheros Client Utility

What is Atheros Client Utility?

This is the Atheros Client Utility for Windows XP. The Atheros Client Utility (ACU) is a user-mode utility designed to edit and add profiles, as well as display display diagnostics pertaining to the Atheros network adapter. When updating the Atheros Client Utility, the Atheros Wireless LAN driver needs to be updated first.


The most common release is 7.7, with over 86% 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. The primary executable is named acu.exe. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 2.76 MB (2,897,243 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.atheros.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Atheros
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{16E8BF9A-B419-4A44-A020-30F8CFB84B9D}\setup.exe -runfromtemp -l0x0009
Estimated size: 2.76 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Atheros Client Utility

Program executable:acu.exe
Atheros Client Utility
Signed by:Atheros Communications Inc.
Path:C:\Program Files\atheros\acu.exe
The Atheros Client Utility (ACU) is a user-mode utility designed to edit and add profiles, as well as display display diagnostics pertaining to the Atheros network adapter.
Additional files:
  • oemres.dll - oemres (Atheros OEM Resource DLL)
  • wsimdbub.exe
  • athdiag.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

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

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
70 average
I/O reads/min:88 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:93 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Atheros Client Utility?

You can uninstall Atheros Client Utility 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 Atheros Client Utility, 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 Atheros Client Utility.

Win XP 47%
Win Vista 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 48.58%
Windows Vista 35.38%
Windows 7 13.21%
Windows 10 2.83%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 47.32%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 23.41%
Windows Vista Home Basic 8.78%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.34%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.39%
Windows Vista Ultimate 2.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 29.91%
  United Kingdom 9.83%
  Germany 8.55%
  Italy 6.41%
  France 4.70%
  Poland 2.99%
  Mexico 2.56%
  Spain 2.56%
  Canada 2.56%
  Hungary 2.56%
  Greece 2.14%
  Portugal 2.14%
  New Zealand 1.71%
  Japan 1.71%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 85.99%
Hewlett-Packard 4.83%
Sahara 3.86%
Acer 1.93%
Dell 1.45%
ASUS 0.97%
American Megatrends 0.48%
Sony 0.48%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L300 12.18%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 6.09%
Toshiba NB200 4.57%
TOSHIBA Satellite L355 4.57%
TOSHIBA Satellite A200 4.06%
TOSHIBA Satellite A300 4.06%

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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