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Should I remove GameSpy Comrade?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,018
United States Rank #8,055
Reach 0.0360%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.37 days
512.54 days >
Average installed length: 269.30 days


VersionDistribution 22.25% 12.96% 1.83% 0.14% 60.00% 0.42% 2.39%

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GameSpy Comrade

What is GameSpy Comrade?  (from GameSpy)

GameSpy Comrade is a first next-generation community gaming application. It is about an instant messaging program exclusive for gamers where you can know where are your friends playing and join them with a click. It has support for 60 games, automatic updates, and statistics. GameSpy Comrade is a desktop software desig...  Read more


GameSpy Comrade is a software program developed by GameSpy. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 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 Comrade.exe. The setup package generally installs about 27 files and is usually about 5.9 MB (6,190,758 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 57% of users of GameSpy Comrade come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: comrade.GameSpy.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\GameSpy\Comrade\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{7F752BAB-4AFD-4138-983D-7E9E7CFE077D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by GameSpy Comrade

Program executable:Comrade.exe
Name:GameSpy Comrade
Path:C:\Program Files\GameSpy\Comrade\Comrade.exe
Additional files:
  • MessengerAPI.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'MSNMessenger'.
  • Comrade.exe (by IGN Entertainment) - GameSpy Comrade (Comrade)
  • pw32.dll (by Pocket Soft) - .RTPatch (.RTPatch Executable)
  • DetectLib.dll
  • GameSpy.BuddySync.dll
  • GameSpy.BuddySync.XmlSerializers.dll
  • GameSpy.Core.XmlSerializers.dll
  • GameSpy.Presence.dll
  • GameSpy.Presence.XmlSerializers.dll
  • GameSpy.Servers.dll
  • GameSpy.VEngine.dll
  • GPNET.dll
  • NetDetect.dll
  • ServiceData.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Comrade.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{1C75596C-38CC-44AD-8991-8C5ECAAF8A52}' (runs on registration).
  • GameSpy.BuddySync.XmlSerializers.dll runs as a service named 'Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service' (HiPatchService).
Startup File (User Run)
  • Comrade.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Comrade.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\GameSpy\Comrade\Comrade.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Comrade.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\GameSpy\Comrade\Comrade.exe'.

How do I remove GameSpy Comrade?

You can uninstall GameSpy Comrade 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 GameSpy Comrade, 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 GameSpy Comrade.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win Vista 0%
Auto-starting? 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 67.56%
Windows 10 23.70%
Windows Vista 5.50%
Windows XP 3.24%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.72%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.10%
Windows 7 Professional 12.71%
Windows 8.1 7.06%
Windows 10 Home 5.08%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.78% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.78%
  Germany 7.00%
  United Kingdom 5.78%
  Australia 4.00%
  Canada 3.89%
  Russia 2.33%
  Sweden 1.89%
  DK 1.44%
  Poland 1.44%
  Italy 1.44%
  Brazil 1.22%
  Netherlands 1.00%
  UA 0.89%
  Belgium 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.77%
Acer 15.47%
Dell 14.90%
ASUS 14.61%
Lenovo 4.58%
Intel 3.72%
Toshiba 3.44%
Samsung 2.87%
MSI 2.01%
Alienware 1.72%
American Megatrends 1.15%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.40%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.85%
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 2.20%
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H 2.20%
ASUSTeK K55N 2.20%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.20%

About GameSpy

GameSpy, a division of IGN Entertainment, operates a network of game websites and provides online video game-related services and software.
Publisher URL: www.gamespy.com


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