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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 #288
United States Rank #575
Reach 1.9883%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.67 days
373.81 days >
Average installed length: 196.41 days


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252 versions

BlueStacks App Player

What is BlueStacks App Player?  (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 App Player is a program developed by BlueStack Systems. The most used version is, with over 11% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The software installer includes 151 files and is usually about 17.11 MB (17,942,763 bytes). hd-updaterservice.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 33% of users of BlueStacks App Player 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: C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-RuntimeUninstaller.exe
Estimated size: 17.11 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by BlueStacks App Player

  • bstkc.dll - Bluestack Hypervisor (Bluestacks Interface)
  • bstkdd.dll - Bluestacks VMM Devices and Drivers
  • bstkdd2.dll - Bluestacks VMM Devices and Drivers 2
  • bstkddu.dll - Bluestacks VMM Devices and Drivers Utilities
  • bstkdrv.sys - Bluestacks Support Driver
  • bstkrem.dll - Bluestacks Recompiler
  • bstkrt.dll - Bluestacks Runtime
  • bstksharedfolders.dll - Bluestacks Shared Folders Host Service
  • bstksvc.exe - Bluestacks Server Interface
  • bstkvmm.dll - Bluestacks VMM
  • bstkvmmgr.exe - Bluestacks VM Manager Command Line Tool
  • app_renderer.dll - BlueStacks (BlueStacks GL Application Renderer Library)
  • BlueStacksUninstaller.exe - BlueStacks Uninstaller
  • extension_string.exe - BlueStacks GL Extension String Tool
  • hd-agent.exe - BlueStacks Agent
  • hd-apkhandler.exe - BlueStacks Apk Handler
  • hd-audio-native.dll - BlueStacks Audio Native Library
  • hd-blockdevice.exe - BlueStacks Block Device Helper Process
  • HD-BlockDeviceTool.exe - BlueStacks Block Device Tool
  • hd-camera-native.dll - BlueStacks Camera Native Library
  • hd-common-native.dll - BlueStacks Common Native Library
  • hd-confighttpproxy.exe - BlueStacks HTTP Proxy Configuration Tool
  • hd-createsymlink.exe - BlueStacks Symlink Creator
  • hd-dxcheck.exe - BlueStacks GLCheck Utility
  • hd-frontend.exe - BlueStacks Frontend
  • hd-frontend-native.dll - BlueStacks Frontend Native Library
  • hd-glcheck.exe
  • hd-gpslocator-native.dll - BlueStacks Gps Locator Native Library
  • hd-gps-native.dll - BlueStacks Gps Native Library
  • hd-guestcommandrunner.exe - BlueStacks Guest Command Runner
  • hd-hypervisor-amd64.sys - BlueStacks Hypervisor for amd64
  • hd-hypervisor-x86.sys - BlueStacks Hypervisor for x86
  • hd-inputmapper-native.dll - BlueStacks InputMapper Native Library
  • hd-libraryhandler.dll - BlueStacks Utility Library
  • hd-logcollector.exe - BlueStacks Log Collector
  • hd-logger-native.dll - BlueStacks Logger Native Library
  • hd-logrotator.exe - BlueStacks Log Rotator
  • hd-logrotator-native.dll - BlueStacks Log Rotator Native Library
  • hd-logrotatorservice.exe - BlueStacks Log Rotator Service
  • hd-network.exe - BlueStacks Network Helper Process
  • hd-opengl-native.dll - BlueStacks Opengl Native Library
  • hd-opensensor-native.dll - BlueStacks OpenSensor Native Library
  • hd-pgasockethgcm.dll - BlueStacks HGCM Socket Library amd64
  • hd-plus-camera-native.dll
  • hd-plus-devices.dll - BlueStacks Plus Device Library amd64
  • hd-plus-frontend.exe
  • hd-plus-frontend-native.dll
  • hd-plus-service.exe - BlueStacks Service
  • hd-plus-service-native.dll - BlueStacks Plus Service Library amd64
  • hd-plus-tool-native.exe - BlueStacks Plus Tool
  • hd-quit.exe - BlueStacks Quit Utility
  • hd-quitmultiinstance.exe
  • hd-restart.exe - BlueStacks Restart Utility
  • hd-runapp.exe - BlueStacks App Runner
  • hd-runtimeuninstaller.exe - BlueStacks Runtime Uninstaller
  • hd-sensor-native.dll - BlueStacks Sensor Native Library
  • hd-service.exe
  • hd-service-native.dll - BlueStacks Service Native Library
  • hd-sharedfolder.exe - BlueStacks Shared Folder Helper Process
  • hd-shortcuthandler.dll
  • hd-sslcertificatetool.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

9 Scheduled Tasks
  • hd-startlauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DD241A23-654C-4702-8AE0-52FB817920B5}' (runs on registration).
  • HD-RunApp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6C3F5B8A-101A-48A7-A52F-9907311088F2}' (runs on registration).
  • hd-adb.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{414B58D5-075E-4F20-A788-93CF9F140FAC}' (runs on registration).
  • HD-Agent.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{06570F91-7E95-4B55-86B0-F3773CC2E864}' (runs on registration).
  • HD-Frontend.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{86F21671-4ABA-42C3-9CF9-9F050FC4A6B6}' (runs on registration).
  • HD-LogRotatorService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9D073A1B-2E66-4754-A904-54EF0CC1D5BD}' (runs on registration).
  • Plus 3 more
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • hd-agent.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
4 Services
  • hd-logrotatorservice.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Log Rotator Service' (BstHdLogRotatorSvc).
  • hd-updaterservice.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Updater Service' (BstHdUpdaterSvc).
  • hd-service.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Android Service' (BstHdAndroidSvc).
  • hd-plus-service.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Plus Android Service' (BstHdPlusAndroidSvc).
Startup File (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.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • 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.
5 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • hd-startlauncher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-StartLauncher.exe'.
  • hd-agent.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-Agent.exe'.
  • HD-Adb.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-Adb.exe'.
  • HD-RunApp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-RunApp.exe'.
  • HD-Frontend.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-Frontend.exe'.
Network connections
  • HD-Agent.exe connects to wg-in-f141.1e100.net ( port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:31.99 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000656505%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002184%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004381%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:202,795
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:52.53 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:52.66 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:4.05 MB
Total CPU:0.0010496201%
Kernel CPU:0.00092624%
User CPU:0.00012338%
CPU cycles/sec:503,107
I/O reads/min:1018.53 KB
I/O writes/min:1018.9 KB
Memory:353.54 MB
Total CPU:0.0035102462%
Kernel CPU:0.00189423%
User CPU:0.00161602%
CPU cycles/sec:209,103,015
I/O reads/min:10.45 MB
I/O writes/min:1.31 MB

How do I remove BlueStacks App Player?

You can uninstall BlueStacks App Player 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 App Player, 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 App Player.

Win 10 48%
Win 7 (SP1) 0%
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 49.15%
Windows 10 48.39%
Windows XP 1.40%
Windows Vista 1.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.24%
Windows 10 Home 10.80%
Windows 8.1 9.03%
Windows 7 Professional 8.57%
Windows 10 Pro 7.15%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.76% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.76%
  Germany 5.60%
  India 5.15%
  Italy 5.10%
  United Kingdom 3.47%
  France 3.37%
  Brazil 3.15%
  Canada 1.96%
  Spain 1.76%
  Netherlands 1.71%
  Taiwan 1.71%
  Indonesia 1.68%
  MA 1.67%
  Turkey 1.30%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.42%
Acer 18.57%
Dell 16.33%
ASUS 13.24%
Lenovo 7.33%
Toshiba 5.28%
Samsung 4.01%
MSI 2.63%
Intel 1.12%
Medion 0.63%
Alienware 0.39%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.21%
ASUS All Series 5.93%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.32%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.73%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.18%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.94%

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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androalpover a year ago
nice program for android apps, but i do not see any reason why it is always in the memory and running