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Should I remove Half-Life?

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 #11,393
United States Rank #14,165
Reach 0.0295%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.95 days
323.14 days >
Average installed length: 169.78 days


Half-Life - Non Steam 56.36%
Half-Life - No Steam 43.64%


What is Half-Life?

Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company's debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. Half-Life is a first-person shooter that requires the player to perform combat tasks and puzzle solving to advance through the game. Unlike its peers at the time, Half-Life used scripted sequences, such as a Bullsquid ramming down a door, to advance major plot points. Compared to most first-person shooters of the time, which relied on cut-scene intermissions to detail their plotlines, Half-Life's story is told entirely by means of scripted sequences, keeping the player in control of the first-person viewpoint.


The most common release is half-life - non steam, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 hl.exe. The setup package generally installs about 65 files and is usually about 572.09 KB (585,817 bytes). The installed file hlupdate.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.kingsoft.tk
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Valve\Half-Life\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Valve\Half-Life\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 572.09 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Half-Life

Program executable:hl.exe
Name:Steam Half-Life Launcher
Half-Life Launcher
Signed by:Valve
Path:C:\Program Files\Valve\Half-Life\hl.exe
Additional files:
  • H1.exe - Half-Life - Non Steam
  • devil.dll (by Abysmal Software) - Developer's Image Library (DevIL) (DevIL: A portable image library in development)
  • SierraPt.dll - SierraUp Dynamic Link Library (SierraUp DLL)
  • tier0_s.dll (by Valve) - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • id3lib.dll (by http://www.id3lib.org/) - ID3lib Dynamic Link Library
  • ikpMP3.dll (by ambiera) - ikpMP3 Dynamic Link Library
  • a3dapi.dll (by Aureal Semiconductor) - A3D Interactive API DLL (Aureal A3D API DLL)
  • voice_tweak.exe - voice_tweak Application (voice_tweak MFC Application)
  • SierraUp.exe - SierraUp Application (SierraUp)
  • Mss32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Miles Sound System
  • cg.dll (by NVIDIA) - NVIDIA Cg Runtime (Cg Core Runtime Library)
  • cgGL.dll (by NVIDIA) - Cg GL Runtime Library
  • hlds.exe (by Valve) - HLDS Launcher
  • hltv.exe - HLTV Launcher
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • Steam.dll - Steam (Steam Client Engine)
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • Core.dll
  • dbg.dll
  • DemoPlayer.dll
  • FileSystem_Stdio.dll
  • FileSystem_Steam.dll
  • hlupdate.exe
  • hw.dll
  • ikpFlac.dll
  • irrKlang.dll
  • opengl32.dll
  • proxy.dll
  • sierraupres.dll
  • sierraupres_ati.dll
  • steamclient.dll
  • survey1109.dll
  • sw.dll
  • swds.dll
  • TrackerNET.dll
  • vgui.dll
  • vgui2.dll
  • voice_miles.dll
  • voice_speex.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • hlds.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9A4A0A3D-9A90-4613-83ED-A731CB79D6A3}' (runs on registration).
  • hl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CE55BB83-96BF-4684-892D-326F88D5BA0B}' (runs on registration).
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • hlds.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Counter-Strike 1.6\hlds.exe'.
  • hl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\ankit_12284\day of defeat\hl.exe'.
  • hltv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Games\Half-Life 11\hltv.exe'.
Network connections
  • hl.exe connects to (port 17475).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:329.57 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0046639412%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00169052%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00297342%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,041,238,865
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:10.22 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.33 MB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Half-Life?

You can uninstall Half-Life 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, 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.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.01%
Windows 10 26.98%
Windows XP 5.33%
Windows Vista 0.69%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.72%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.38%
Windows 7 Professional 10.69%
Windows 8.1 6.03%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.17%
Windows 10 Home 4.14%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.51%
  Peru 10.29%
  Argentina 7.88%
  Spain 5.14%
  Brazil 3.54%
  Mexico 3.38%
  Turkey 2.89%
  United Kingdom 2.73%
  Canada 2.25%
  Venezuela 2.09%
  France 1.93%
  Netherlands 1.77%
  DZ 1.61%
  Chile 1.45%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.54%
Acer 20.39%
ASUS 17.60%
Dell 8.38%
Toshiba 8.10%
Lenovo 6.15%
Samsung 5.03%
Intel 1.40%
MSI 1.12%
American Megatrends 0.84%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.71%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.53%
Intel Corporation Intel p... 3.53%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 2.35%
Samsung 300E4A/300E5A/300... 1.76%
HP Pavilion g4 Notebook P... 1.76%


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