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What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,544
United States Rank #6,125
Reach 0.0459%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.12 days
88.83 days >
Average installed length: 46.67 days

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Cave Story+


Cave Story+ is a software program developed by Nicalis. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named CaveStory+.exe. The setup package generally installs about 40 files and is usually about 3.34 MB (3,499,519 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 67% of users of Cave Story+ come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.nicalis.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Cave Story+
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/200900
Estimated size: 3.34 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Cave Story+

Program executable:CaveStory+.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Cave Story+\CaveStory+.exe
Additional files:
  • steam_api.dll (by Valve) - Steam Client API (Steam Client API ([email protected]))
  • cave panther.exe (by van0014) - Cave Panther (A save editor for Cave Story+)
  • fmodex.dll (by Firelight Technologies) - FMOD Ex (FMOD Ex SoundSystem)
  • fmod.dll (by Firelight Technologies Pty, Ltd) - FMOD
  • CaveShark.exe
  • CaveStory+.exe
  • GLUT32.DLL
  • jbfmod.dll
  • portaudio_x86.dll
  • SDL.dll
  • AppOverlay.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • CSERHelper.dll - CSER Helper (Debug Helper Routines)
  • dbghelp.dll (by Microsoft) - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam
  • libavresample-1.dll
  • libavutil-52.dll
  • msvcp100.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcr100.dll
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • Steam.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • Steam2.dll - Steam Client Engine
  • steamclient.dll
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • streaming_client.exe
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • uninstall.exe
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • WriteMiniDump.exe - Win32 MiniDump Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CC29CBDA-1EA3-44CC-882F-AFADB7D351AB}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam Login.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steam Client Bootstrapper ([email protected])' and executes as C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Steam' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • CaveStory+.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Cave Story+\CaveStory+.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:135.83 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002740424%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00018112%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00009292%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:21,119,105
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:15.66 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:110.91 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Cave Story+?

You can uninstall Cave Story+ 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 Cave Story+, 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 Cave Story+.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win XP 0%
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 7 51.49%
Windows 10 47.40%
Windows Vista 0.77%
Windows XP 0.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.33%
Windows 8.1 17.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.56%
Windows 10 Home 9.11%
Windows 7 Professional 8.67%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.72%
  United Kingdom 6.07%
  Canada 5.48%
  France 3.96%
  Australia 2.78%
  Germany 1.60%
  Netherlands 1.35%
  Sweden 1.18%
  Brazil 1.01%
  Finland 0.93%
  Italy 0.93%
  Norway 0.84%
  Belgium 0.67%
  Spain 0.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.16%
ASUS 18.77%
Dell 15.42%
Acer 12.65%
Lenovo 7.31%
Toshiba 5.93%
MSI 3.75%
Alienware 2.57%
Samsung 2.17%
Intel 1.19%
Apple 0.99%
Common models
ASUS All Series 11.00%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.91%
MSI MS-7821 2.91%
ASUSTeK G75VW 2.27%
ASUSTeK X551CA 1.94%
Acer Aspire V3-771 1.62%


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