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Should I remove Half-Life 2?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,756
United States Rank #18,230
Reach 0.0112%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.39 days
332.92 days >
Average installed length: 174.92 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Typically installed together

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Half-Life 2


Half-Life 2 is a software program developed by Valve. 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 setup package generally installs about 57 files and is usually about 5.39 MB (5,649,035 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 46% of users of Half-Life 2 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steampowered.com
Help link: steampowered.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/steampowered.cfg/php/enduser/entry.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\valve\steam
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{D45EC259-4A19-4656-B588-C2C360DD18EA}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.39 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Half-Life 2

  • uninstall_hl2.exe - Uninstall Half-Life 2
  • adminserver.dll
  • bsppack.dll
  • bugreporter.dll
  • bugreporter_public.dll
  • client.dll
  • dedicated.dll
  • difxapi.dll (by Microsoft) - Driver Install Frameworks API (DIFxAPI) (Driver Install Frameworks for API library module)
  • engine.dll
  • filesystem_steam.dll
  • gameui.dll
  • hl2.exe
  • launcher.dll
  • launcher.exe - launcher
  • materialsystem.dll - VALVE materialsystem (materialsystem)
  • mot_ci.dll (by Motorola) - Motorola Class Installer (Class-Installer DLL for Motorola USB Devices)
  • motccgp.sys (by Motorola Mobility Inc) - Motorola USB Composite Device Driver
  • motfilt.sys (by Motorola Inc) - Motorola Unsafe Removal Filter Driver
  • motoandroid.sys (by Motorola) - Motorola Android USB Driver (ADB Interface)
  • motodrv.sys (by Motorola Inc) - Motorola USB Composite/Flash Driver
  • motorola driver installer.exe (by Motorola Mobility) - Motorola Driver Installer
  • motousbnet.sys (by Motorola Mobility Inc) - Motorola USB Networking Adapter (Motorola USB Networking Driver)
  • motport.sys - Motorola USB Modem or Port (Motorola USB Modem and Ports Driver)
  • motswch.sys - Motorola Switching Filter Driver
  • motusbdevice.sys - Motorola USB Device Driver (Motorola USB Device Driver (SVC))
  • mousbser.sys - Motorola Incorporated USB Modem/Serial Device Driver (USB Modem/Serial Device Driver)
  • mss32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Miles Sound System
  • provision.dll
  • server.dll
  • serverbrowser.dll
  • shaderapidx9.dll
  • shaderapiempty.dll
  • soundemittersystem.dll
  • srcds.exe
  • stdshader_dbg.dll
  • stdshader_dx6.dll
  • stdshader_dx7.dll
  • stdshader_dx8.dll
  • stdshader_dx9.dll
  • steam.dll
  • steamengine.exe
  • studiorender.dll
  • tier0.dll
  • trackernet.dll
  • trackerui.dll
  • unicode.dll
  • unicows.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 95, Windows (R) 98, and Windows (R) Millennium Operating Systems (Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Win9x Systems (MSLU))
  • unitlib.dll
  • usblan_ifconfig.exe
  • vaudio_miles.dll
  • vgui2.dll
  • vguimatsurface.dll
  • vphysics.dll
  • vstdlib.dll
  • vtex.dll
  • wdfcoinstaller01009.dll - WDF Coinstaller
  • winusbcoinstaller2.dll - Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Platform Device Update Co-Installer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • hl2.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E327078D-27CB-4238-9697-B26536BD83A5}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • hl2.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Counter-Strike Source\hl2.exe'.

How do I remove Half-Life 2?

You can uninstall Half-Life 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 Half-Life(R) 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 Half-Life 2.

Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.26%
Windows 10 22.07%
Windows XP 9.91%
Windows Vista 6.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.86%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.60%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.63%
Windows 7 Professional 9.17%
Windows 10 Home 6.42%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.27% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.27%
  Germany 10.82%
  United Kingdom 8.96%
  France 7.46%
  Canada 4.10%
  Australia 2.61%
  Ireland 2.24%
  Finland 1.87%
  Brazil 1.49%
  Netherlands 1.49%
  Sweden 1.49%
  Turkey 1.49%
  Czech Republic 1.12%
  DK 1.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 18.87%
Acer 17.92%
Hewlett-Packard 16.04%
ASUS 11.32%
MSI 3.77%
Toshiba 3.77%
American Megatrends 2.83%
Lenovo 2.83%
Apple 1.89%
Intel 1.89%
Medion 1.89%
Common models
Acer Aspire 7741 2.91%
ASUS All Series 2.91%
Apple Inc. MacBookPro9,2 1.94%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 1.94%
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P 1.94%
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 1.94%

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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