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Should I remove Dual-Core Optimizer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #942
United States Rank #927
Reach 0.7312%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.96 days
529.87 days >
Average installed length: 278.41 days


VersionDistribution 97.57% 1.26% 0.16% 1.01%

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Dual-Core Optimizer

What is Dual-Core Optimizer?  (from Advanced Micro Devices)

The AMD Dual-Core Optimizer can help improve some PC gaming video performance by compensating for those applications that bypass the Windows API for timing by directly using the RDTSC (Read Time Stamp Counter) instruction. Applications that rely on RDTSC do not benefit from the logic in the operating system to properly...  Read more


Dual-Core Optimizer is a software program developed by Advanced Micro Devices. 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. 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 amd_dc_opt.exe. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 1.01 MB (1,058,304 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 52% of users of Dual-Core Optimizer come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.amd.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\AMD\Dual-Core Optimizer\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{9FD6F1A8-5550-46AF-8509-271DF0E768B5}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.01 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Dual-Core Optimizer

Program executable:amd_dc_opt.exe
Name:AMD Dual-Core Optimizer
Path:C:\Program Files\AMD\Dual-Core Optimizer\amd_dc_opt.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • amd_dc_opt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FDC950A5-0A51-4D23-AFCA-D53AB176D8A7}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • amd_dc_opt.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'amd_dc_opt' and executes as C:\Program Files\AMD\Dual-Core Optimizer\amd_dc_opt.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • amd_dc_opt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'amd_dc_opt' which loads as C:\Program Files\AMD\Dual-Core Optimizer\amd_dc_opt.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • amd_dc_opt.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AMD\Dual-Core Optimizer\amd_dc_opt.exe'.

How do I remove Dual-Core Optimizer?

You can uninstall Dual-Core Optimizer 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 Dual-Core Optimizer, 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 Dual-Core Optimizer.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
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 62.83%
Windows 10 30.64%
Windows XP 3.71%
Windows Vista 2.74%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.39%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.19%
Windows 7 Professional 9.34%
Windows 8.1 8.26%
Windows 10 Home 7.83%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.96%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.51%
  United Kingdom 6.47%
  Germany 5.03%
  France 4.88%
  Canada 3.62%
  Australia 2.33%
  Brazil 2.05%
  Italy 1.79%
  Sweden 1.50%
  Netherlands 1.28%
  Finland 1.21%
  Poland 1.10%
  Spain 1.09%
  DK 0.92%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.83%
ASUS 16.73%
Dell 15.91%
Acer 14.23%
Lenovo 4.60%
Alienware 3.80%
Toshiba 3.49%
MSI 2.09%
Samsung 1.88%
Intel 1.12%
American Megatrends 0.68%
Common models
ASUS All Series 9.07%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.70%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.43%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.69%
ASUSTeK G75VW 2.20%
Dell XPS 8300 2.07%

About Advanced Micro Devices

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets.
Publisher URL: www.amd.com


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