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Should I remove Half-Life: Blue Shift?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,245
United States Rank #5,117
Reach 0.0583%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.11 days
740.81 days >
Average installed length: 389.24 days

Typically installed together

Half-Life: Blue Shift

What is Half-Life: Blue Shift?  (from Gearbox Software)

Made by Gearbox Software and originally released in 2001 as an add-on to Half-Life, Blue Shift is a return to the Black Mesa Research Facility in which you play as Barney Calhoun, the security guard sidekick who helped Gordon out of so many sticky situations.


Half-Life: Blue Shift is a software program developed by Gearbox Software. 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 116 files and is usually about 12.43 MB (13,038,263 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 67% of users of Half-Life: Blue Shift come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.gearboxsoftware.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/130
Estimated size: 12.43 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Half-Life: Blue Shift

Program executable:hl.exe
Name:Steam Half-Life Launcher
Half-Life Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life\hl.exe
Additional files:
  • tier0_s.dll (by Valve) - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll (by Valve)
  • hlds.exe - HLDS Launcher
  • hltv.exe - HLTV Launcher
  • steamclient.dll - Steam
  • steamclient64.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
  • Uninstal.exe
  • vgui.dll
  • vgui2.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • hl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2E03752A-1637-4903-B802-90372B240C9D}' (runs on registration).
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • hl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\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'.
  • hlds.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life\hlds.exe'.

How do I remove Half-Life: Blue Shift?

You can uninstall Half-Life: Blue Shift 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: Blue Shift, 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: Blue Shift.

Win 10 54%
Win 7 (SP1) 0%
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 54.17%
Windows 7 44.43%
Windows XP 0.78%
Windows Vista 0.61%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.74%
Windows 8.1 18.17%
Windows 10 Home 15.04%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.04%
Windows 7 Professional 8.96%
Windows 10 Pro 7.04%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.54%
  United Kingdom 7.93%
  Canada 3.84%
  Germany 3.39%
  France 3.13%
  Australia 2.82%
  Sweden 1.28%
  Netherlands 1.15%
  Norway 0.90%
  Brazil 0.83%
  Ireland 0.64%
  Italy 0.64%
  Finland 0.58%
  Spain 0.51%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.24%
Dell 17.22%
ASUS 13.71%
Acer 10.87%
Toshiba 6.19%
Lenovo 5.69%
Alienware 5.35%
MSI 3.51%
Samsung 3.01%
Apple 1.51%
Medion 0.84%
Common models
ASUS All Series 12.33%
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 3.56%
MSI MS-7821 3.01%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.74%
Dell XPS 8700 2.19%
MSI MS-7917 2.19%

About Gearbox Software

Gearbox is a video game development company that has developed using a number of existing game engines for various projects, including GoldSrc, RenderWare, Bungie's Halo, Unreal 2 and Unreal 3.
Publisher URL: www.gearboxsoftware.com


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