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5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
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United States Rank #14,859
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.76 days
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Average installed length: 228.70 days

Heroes of the Storm Public Test


Heroes of the Storm Public Test is a software program developed by Blizzard Entertainment. 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 primary executable is named heroesswitcher.exe. The setup package generally installs about 27 files and is usually about 12.9 MB (13,528,874 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 57% of users of Heroes of the Storm Public Test come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: us.battle.net/support/en/games/heroes
Installation folder: C:\Diablo III\Heroes of the Storm Public Test
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\Battle.net\Agent\Blizzard Uninstaller.exe" --lang=enUS --uid=heroes_ptr --displayname="Heroes of the Storm Public Test"
Estimated size: 12.9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Heroes of the Storm Public Test

Program executable:heroesswitcher.exe
Name:HeroesSwitcher (Retail)
Path:C:\diablo iii\heroes of the storm public test\support\heroesswitcher.exe
Additional files:
  • Heroes of the Storm Public Test.exe - Heroes of the Storm Public Test
  • Agent.exe - Blizzard File Switcher
  • Blizzard Uninstaller.exe - Blizzard Uninstaller
  • Battle.net.dll - Battle.net (Battle.net Client Library)
  • Battle.net-64.dll
  • BlizzardError.exe - BlizzardError
  • D3DCompiler_42.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • d3dx11_42.dll (by Microsoft) - Direct3D 10.1 Extensions
  • d3dx9_42.dll - Direct3D 9 Extensions
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • fmodex_4_44_23.dll (by Firelight Technologies) - FMOD (FMOD Ex Sound System)
  • fmodex64_4_44_23.dll (by Firelight Technologies)
  • Heroes of the Storm.exe - Heroes of the Storm
  • HeroesOfTheStorm.exe - Heroes of the Storm (Retail)
  • HeroesOfTheStorm_x64.exe
  • HeroesSwitcher_x64.exe - HeroesSwitcher (Retail) (HeroesSwitcher)
  • icudt52.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • icuin52.dll (by The ICU Project) - ICU I18N DLL
  • icuuc52.dll - ICU Common DLL
  • msvcp100.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcp80.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library)
  • msvcr100.dll
  • msvcr80.dll
  • PrePopulateCache.exe
  • RzAPM.DLL (by Razer USA) - Razer APM Module
  • SystemSurvey.exe - SystemSurvey

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Heroes of the Storm.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CE186B6C-527E-489E-925A-F887D865B7C9}' (runs on registration).
  • BlizzardError.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3859D51B-D544-4326-9E27-29E715265BF1}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Heroes of the Storm Public Test?

You can uninstall Heroes of the Storm Public Test 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 Heroes of the Storm Public Test, 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 Heroes of the Storm Public Test.

Win 10 75%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 74.59%
Windows 7 25.00%
Windows Vista 0.41%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 37.70%
Windows 10 Pro 18.85%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.25%
Windows 8.1 9.84%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.02%
Windows 7 Professional 4.51%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.78% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.78%
  France 6.94%
  Germany 5.99%
  Italy 3.15%
  Canada 2.84%
  United Kingdom 2.84%
  Sweden 2.52%
  Netherlands 1.89%
  Brazil 1.58%
  Spain 1.58%
  Finland 1.26%
  Norway 1.26%
  Australia 0.95%
  Russia 0.95%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 22.55%
Hewlett-Packard 19.61%
Acer 16.67%
Dell 10.78%
Lenovo 9.80%
MSI 5.88%
Alienware 3.92%
Medion 1.96%
American Megatrends 0.98%
Common models
ASUS All Series 17.04%
MSI MS-7917 2.96%
ASUSTeK K30AD_M31AD_M51AD 2.22%
Alienware Alienware X51 R... 1.48%
Dell XPS 8700 1.48%
LENOVO 80HE 1.48%

About Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment is a video game developer & publisher that originally concentrated primarily on the creation of game ports for other studios before beginning development of their own program with the development of games like Rock n' Roll Racing & The Lost Vikings.
Publisher URL: us.blizzard.com


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