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Should I remove BlueStacks?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,357
United States Rank #7,687
Reach 0.1219%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.53 days
340.20 days >
Average installed length: 178.75 days


VersionDistribution 30.18% 0.50% 0.04% 5.70% 0.71% 0.04% 0.04% 3.12% 0.17% 1.87% 35.35% 0.25% 0.62% 0.92% 4.45% 1.83% 12.53% 0.21% 1.42% 0.04%


What is BlueStacks?  (from BlueStack Systems)

BlueStacks is the first production software that allows you to use your favorite mobile apps on a Windows PC. You can download apps like Angry Birds Space, Temple Run, Evernote or Documents to Go directly into BlueStacks, or sync the apps from your phone using the BlueStacks Cloud Connect Android app.


BlueStacks is a software program developed by BlueStack Systems. 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 setup package generally installs about 46 files and is usually about 681.31 KB (697,661 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 22% of users of BlueStacks come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: bluestacks.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\bluestacks
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{5C83944D-5319-4AD6-A803-C08446B27596}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 681.31 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by BlueStacks

  • hd-agent.exe - BlueStacks (BlueStacks Agent)
  • hd-apkhandler.exe - BlueStacks Apk Handler
  • hd-appcfg-native.dll - BlueStacks AppCfg Native Library
  • hd-audio-native.dll - BlueStacks Audio Native Library
  • hd-blockdevice.exe - BlueStacks Block Device
  • hd-blockdevice-native.dll - BlueStacks Block Device Native Library
  • hd-camera-native.dll - BlueStacks Camera Native Library
  • hd-filesystem.exe - BlueStacks File System
  • hd-filesystem-native.dll - BlueStacks File System Native Library
  • hd-frontend.exe - BlueStacks Frontend
  • hd-frontend-native.dll - BlueStacks Frontend Native Library
  • hd-glcheck.exe - BlueStacks GLCheck Utility
  • hd-gps-native.dll - BlueStacks Gps Native Library
  • hd-hypervisor-amd64.sys - BlueStacks Hypervisor for amd64
  • hd-hypervisor-x86.sys - BlueStacks Hypervisor for x86
  • hd-libraryhandler.dll - BlueStacks Utility Library
  • hd-logcollector.exe - BlueStacks Log Collector
  • hd-logrotator.exe - BlueStacks Log Rotator
  • hd-logrotator-native.dll - BlueStacks Log Rotator Native Library
  • hd-logrotatorservice.exe - BlueStacks Log Rotator Service
  • hd-moreapps-insthelper.exe - BlueStacks More Apps Inst Helper
  • hd-network.exe - BlueStacks Network
  • hd-network-native.dll - BlueStacks Network Native Library
  • hd-opengl-native.dll - BlueStacks Opengl Native Library
  • hd-quit.exe - BlueStacks Quit Utility
  • hd-restart.exe - BlueStacks Restart Utility
  • hd-runapp.exe - BlueStacks App Runner
  • hd-sensor-native.dll - BlueStacks Sensor Native Library
  • hd-service.exe - BlueStacks Service
  • hd-service-native.dll - BlueStacks Service Native Library
  • hd-sharedfolder.exe - BlueStacks Shared Folder Helper Process
  • hd-shortcuthandler.dll
  • hd-startlauncher.exe - BlueStacks StartLauncher
  • hd-vmcommand-native.dll - BlueStacks VM Command Runner Native Library
  • hd-unzip.exe (by Info-ZIP) - Info-ZIP's UnZip for Windows (Info-ZIP's UnZip for Win32 console)
  • devcomponents.dotnetbar2.dll (by DevComponents.com) - DevComponents.DotNetBar
  • adbwinapi.dll (by Google, inc) - Android SDK (Android ADB API)
  • naudio.dll (by Mark Heath) - NAudio
  • hd-adb.exe
  • hd-dockhandler.exe
  • hd-png2ico.exe
  • hd-zip.exe
  • json.dll (by CodeTitans)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Scheduled Tasks
  • hd-startlauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D0EE3BC9-E1E6-4C9C-BD3D-6694791B9C40}' (runs on registration).
  • hd-adb.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{414B58D5-075E-4F20-A788-93CF9F140FAC}' (runs on registration).
  • hd-logrotatorservice.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FE502EA4-5044-4F40-9B37-F8D66201E123}' (runs on registration).
  • hd-runapp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BFE2CE8C-D9FF-4921-9F8B-0731038A27A2}' (runs on registration).
  • hd-logrotator.exe is scheduled as a task named 'LogRotator' (runs daily at 09:42).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • hd-agent.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named BlueStacks Agent.
  • hd-adb.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Express DownloaderUpdate.
2 Services
  • hd-logrotatorservice.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Log Rotator Service' (BstHdLogRotatorSvc).
  • hd-service.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Android Service' (BstHdAndroidSvc).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • hd-agent.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'BlueStacks Agent' and executes as C:\Program Files\Bluestacks\HD-Agent.exe.
  • hd-frontend.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'BlueStacks App Player' and executes as C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-FrontEnd.exe Android hidemode.
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • hd-frontend.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BlueStacks Frontend' which loads as C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-Frontend.exe Android hidemode.
  • hd-agent.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BlueStacks Agent' which loads as C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-Agent.exe.
  • hd-adb.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.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:34.14 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001159627%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00006230%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00005366%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:929,495
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:119 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:273 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:4.26 MB
Kernel CPU:0.00002173%
CPU cycles/sec:6,582
I/O reads/min:24.61 KB
I/O writes/min:24.62 KB
Memory:10.41 MB
Total CPU:0.0000535703%
Kernel CPU:0.00001300%
User CPU:0.00004057%
CPU cycles/sec:75,391
I/O reads/min:48 Bytes

How do I remove BlueStacks?

You can uninstall BlueStacks 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 BlueStacks, 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 BlueStacks.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.52%
Windows 10 16.49%
Windows XP 4.75%
Windows Vista 2.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.71%
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.21%
Windows 7 Professional 10.54%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.69%
Windows 8 Pro 3.35%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

22.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 22.23%
  Germany 12.26%
  India 7.60%
  Iran 4.02%
  Italy 3.94%
  Brazil 3.14%
  Taiwan 2.49%
  Saudi Arabia 2.49%
  MA 2.45%
  Netherlands 2.17%
  Egypt 2.05%
  United Kingdom 2.05%
  Spain 1.89%
  SY 1.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.10%
Dell 19.27%
Acer 19.01%
ASUS 14.17%
Toshiba 6.45%
Lenovo 4.37%
Samsung 2.48%
Medion 2.15%
Intel 1.48%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.05%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.96%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.88%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.88%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 3.26%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.79%

About (from BlueStack Systems, Inc.)

Bluestacks is a Silicon Valley-based software company that produces BlueStacks App Player and BlueStacks Cloud Connect.
Publisher URL: www.bluestacks.com


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