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Should I remove Counter-Strike?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,236
United States Rank #41,669
Reach 0.0118%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 36.10 days
1065.02 days >
Average installed length: 559.59 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Valve


What is Counter-Strike?

Counter-Strike is a tactical first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation which originated from a Half-Life modification. The game has been expanded into a series since its original release, which currently includes Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Counter-Strike pits a team of terrorists against a team of counter-terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won by either completing the mission objective or eliminating the opposing force. Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter in which players join either the terrorist team, the counter-terrorist team, or become spectators. Each team attempts to complete their mission objective and/or eliminate the opposing team. Each round starts with the two teams spawning simultaneously.


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. 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 13 files and is usually about 2.23 MB (2,342,183 bytes). The installed file acrobatupdater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steampowered.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\valve\steam\steamapps
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{DF5A03CC-D5AA-43D8-B948-D9903F2AF94A}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.23 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Counter-Strike

  • acrobatupdater.exe (by Adobe Systems) - Adobe Acrobat Updater
  • acroiehelper.dll (by Adobe Systems) - AcroIEHelper Library (Adobe PDF Helper for Internet Explorer)
  • acroiehelpershim.dll - AcroIEHelperShim Library
  • acropdf.dll - Adobe PDF Browser Control (PDF Browser Control)
  • adobe_updater.exe - Adobe Updater
  • adobearm.exe - Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
  • adobearmhelper.exe - Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager Helper
  • adobeextractfiles.dll - Adobe Extract Files Library
  • adobeupdaterinstallmgr.exe - Adobe Updater Install Manager
  • msiexecwatcher.exe
  • pdfshell.dll - Adobe PDF Shell Extension (PDF Shell Extension)
  • readerupdater.exe - Adobe Reader Updater
  • uninstall_cs.exe - Uninstall Counter-Strike

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • acroiehelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper' with the class of {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3}.
  • acroiehelpershim.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Adobe PDF Link Helper' with the class of {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} (AcroIEHelperStub).
Scheduled Task
  • adobearm.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00 AM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • adobearm.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe ARM.
Startup File (User Run)
  • adobe_updater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AdobeUpdater6' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater6\Adobe_Updater.exe".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • adobearm.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Adobe ARM' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.47 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0086783630%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00489407%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00378429%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:638,512
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:136.66 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2.28 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Counter-Strike?

You can uninstall Counter-Strike 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 Counter-Strike(TM), 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 Counter-Strike.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Counter-Strike you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.95%
Windows 10 16.81%
Windows XP 9.48%
Windows Vista 7.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.83%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.05%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.09%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.93%
Windows 7 Professional 6.06%
Windows 8.1 6.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

15.68% of installs come from France
Which countries install it?
  France 15.68%
  Germany 13.98%
  United States 9.32%
  Poland 8.90%
  Sweden 8.05%
  Portugal 6.78%
  Norway 2.97%
  Finland 2.54%
  Brazil 2.12%
  Spain 2.12%
  Taiwan 1.69%
  Switzerland 1.69%
  Russia 1.69%
  Israel 1.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.22%
Acer 22.22%
ASUS 15.87%
Dell 7.94%
American Megatrends 7.94%
Samsung 2.38%
Intel 1.59%
Lenovo 1.59%
Toshiba 1.59%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.54%
Acer Aspire 5742G 2.65%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.65%
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3 1.77%
Acer Aspire X3990 1.77%
ASUS All Series 1.77%

About Valve

Valve is a video game development and digital distribution company through Steam best known for its critically acclaimed product, Half-Life.
Publisher URL: www.valvesoftware.com


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