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Should I remove Guild Wars 2?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,140
United States Rank #986
Reach 0.6067%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.36 days
630.08 days >
Average installed length: 331.06 days

Guild Wars 2

What is Guild Wars 2?

Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by ArenaNet and published by NCsoft. Set in the fantasy world of Tyria, the game follows the re-emergence of Destiny's Edge, a disbanded guild dedicated to fighting the Elder Dragons, a Lovecraftian species that has seized control of Tyria in the time since the original Guild Wars. The game takes place in a persistent world with a story that progresses in instanced environments.

About  (from NCsoft)

Guild Wars 2 is a subscription free, Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game (MMORPG) exclusively for the PC gaming platform. A sequel to the original Guild Wars game released in 2005, the game is set in a persistent gameworld and features a choice based storyline focused around the continued struggles of the pe...  Read more


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 main program executable is gw2.exe. The software installer includes 25 files and is usually about 21.54 MB (22,581,312 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: support.guildwars2.com
Installation folder: C:\games\guild wars ii\guild wars 2
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Guild Wars 2\Gw2.exe" -uninstall
Estimated size: 21.54 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Guild Wars 2

Program executable:gw2.exe
Name:Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 Game Client
Path:C:\new games\guild wars ii\guild wars 2\gw2.exe
Additional files:
  • UninstHelper.exe (by GameStop) - GameStop App (Add/Remove Programs Helper)
  • xinput1_3.dll (by http://x360ce.googlecode.com) - XBOX 360 Controller Emulator
  • binkw32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Bink and Smacker (RAD Video Tools)
  • d3d9.dll
  • dinput8.dll (by PowerUp Software) - Pinnacle Game Hook File
  • dsound.dll (by Creative Technology Ltd) - Creative ALchemy
  • dxgi.dll
  • GW2 eXtended.dll
  • GW2 eXtended.exe
  • GW2 Startstop.exe - GW2 Startstop
  • GW2CM.exe
  • GW2MultiClient_Launcher.exe
  • Gw2Setup.exe (by ArenaNet) - Guild Wars 2 (Guild Wars 2 Game Client)
  • GW2Stuff.exe - GW2Stuff (GW2Stuff Event Overlay)
  • ICM Hook.dll
  • ICM.exe
  • igs.exe
  • INIFileParser.dll - INIParser
  • Settings.exe
  • ssed.exe
  • SweetFX_config.exe - SweetFX Configurator
  • x360ce.exe (by TocaEdit) - X360 Controller Emulator
  • Xpadder.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • Gw2.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9192F34-327C-45D4-AC30-CCD82D167705}' (runs on registration).
  • SweetFX_config.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{976AEBFD-35AE-43B2-8FCE-A8B53632CF75}' (runs on registration).
  • Xpadder.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{70F52ACE-A962-4507-9570-56D74F917E5D}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Gw2.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Guild Wars 2\Gw2.exe'.

How do I remove Guild Wars 2?

You can uninstall Guild Wars 2 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 Guild Wars 2, 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 Guild Wars 2.

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win Server 2003 0%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.29%
Windows 10 39.94%
Windows Vista 1.21%
Windows XP 0.55%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.26%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.41%
Windows 8.1 12.07%
Windows 10 Home 11.27%
Windows 7 Professional 8.43%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.60% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.60%
  Germany 5.69%
  United Kingdom 5.48%
  France 5.36%
  Canada 4.64%
  Australia 2.05%
  Netherlands 1.92%
  Sweden 1.58%
  Italy 1.33%
  Belgium 1.29%
  Spain 1.28%
  DK 1.03%
  Norway 0.96%
  Poland 0.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.51%
ASUS 18.97%
Acer 13.25%
Dell 12.60%
Lenovo 6.03%
Alienware 5.47%
Toshiba 3.84%
MSI 3.56%
Samsung 2.13%
Medion 1.04%
Intel 0.91%
Common models
ASUS All Series 11.62%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.04%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.44%
MSI MS-7758 1.99%
Alienware Alienware X51 1.96%
Dell XPS 8300 1.96%


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