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Should I remove Half-Life: Before?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26,220
United States Rank #18,917
Reach 0.0063%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.82 days
176.73 days >
Average installed length: 92.86 days

Half-Life: Before


Half-Life: Before is a software program developed by Andrii Vintsevych. 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 52 files and is usually about 69.61 MB (72,993,631 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 71% of users of Half-Life: Before come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: creashock-studios.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/261980
Estimated size: 69.61 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Half-Life: Before

  • tier0.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s.dll (by Valve)
  • tier0_s64.dll (by Valve)
  • hl.exe - Steam Half-Life Launcher (Half-Life Launcher)
  • Mss32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Miles Sound System
  • steam_api.dll - Steam Client API (Steam Client API (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave04))
  • hlds.exe - HLDS Launcher
  • hltv.exe - HLTV Launcher
  • steamclient.dll - Steam
  • steamclient64.dll
  • vstdlib.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • Core.dll
  • DemoPlayer.dll
  • FileSystem_Stdio.dll
  • hw.dll
  • proxy.dll
  • sw.dll
  • swds.dll
  • vgui.dll
  • vgui2.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • hl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9B9E38FA-7DA3-426A-B7F1-26A18C16F531}' (runs on registration).
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • hl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Programe\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life\hl.exe'.
  • hltv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Niku\Games\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life\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: Before?

You can uninstall Half-Life: Before 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: Before, 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: Before.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.20%
Windows 10 36.00%
Windows Vista 0.80%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.20%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.80%
Windows 8.1 13.60%
Windows 7 Professional 12.80%
Windows 10 Home 8.00%
Windows 8 5.60%

Distribution by countryGeography

70.99% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 70.99%
  United Kingdom 6.79%
  Canada 4.94%
  Germany 1.85%
  Netherlands 1.85%
  Russia 1.85%
  Australia 1.23%
  DK 1.23%
  France 1.23%
  Sweden 1.23%
  Belgium 0.62%
  Brazil 0.62%
  CY 0.62%
  Spain 0.62%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 36.23%
Acer 21.74%
Dell 13.04%
ASUS 4.35%
Lenovo 2.90%
Alienware 2.90%
Intel 1.45%
Common models
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.60%
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 3.45%
Gateway FX6860 2.30%
HP ENVY TS 17 Notebook PC 2.30%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.30%
TOSHIBA Satellite P755 1.15%


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