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What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #706
United States Rank #607
Reach 0.9736%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.00 days
442.58 days >
Average installed length: 232.54 days


VersionDistribution 99.90% 0.10%

Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service

What is Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service?

Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service is the updater program which runs with Windows (in the background as a service) and automatically starts up when your computer boots. It checks for updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the user's settings.


The most common release is, 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 primary executable is named HiRezLauncherUI.exe. The setup package generally installs about 233 files and is usually about 7.46 MB (7,826,029 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.Hi-RezStudios.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hi-Rez Studios
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Hi-Rez Studios\HiRezGamesDiagAndSupport.exe" uninstall=all
Estimated size: 7.46 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service

Program executable:HiRezLauncherUI.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Hi-Rez Studios\HiRezLauncherUI.exe
Additional files:
  • HiRezLauncherUI.exe - HiRezUnifiedLauncher
  • HirezUtils.dll - HiPatch (HirezUtils)
  • icudt42.dll (by IBM and others) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • expapply.dll (by Pocket Soft) - Pocket Soft, Inc. RTPatch Server (Apply DLL for Pocket Soft RTPatch Server)
  • expapply64.dll (by Pocket Soft)
  • HiRezGamesDiagAndSupport.exe (by Hewlett-Packard Company) - HiRezGamesDiagAndSupport
  • Awesomium.Mono.dll (by Khrona) - Awesomium.NET v1.6.5 (Awesomium.Mono v1.6.5)
  • HirezGameNotifier.exe (by Hewlett-Packard Company) - HirezGameNotifier
  • Awesomium.dll (by Khrona) - Awesomium v1.6.5
  • AwesomiumProcess.exe
  • NPSWF32.dll (by Adobe Systems) - Shockwave Flash (Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502)
  • PortalAccess.dll - PortalAccess
  • ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll (by ICSharpCode.net) - #ZipLibrary (SharpZipLib for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • HiRezLauncherControls.dll
  • ReduxDecompress.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer'.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • HiRezLauncherUI.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D3F9596F-5509-4215-B625-5D7B68ECB2D6}' (runs on registration).
  • HiRezGamesDiagAndSupport.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D310EA46-C437-42F9-A76F-0114B4068E09}' (runs on registration).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:12.04 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0602152084%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00177740%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.05843781%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:595
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:23 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service?

You can uninstall Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service 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 Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service, 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 Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win 7 0%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.96%
Windows 10 46.73%
Windows Vista 0.85%
Windows XP 0.46%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.44%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.65%
Windows 10 Home 13.43%
Windows 8.1 12.39%
Windows 7 Professional 7.24%
Windows 10 Pro 6.90%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.96% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.96%
  United Kingdom 4.44%
  France 4.15%
  Canada 4.05%
  Germany 3.42%
  Brazil 2.68%
  Sweden 1.90%
  Australia 1.87%
  Netherlands 1.62%
  Italy 1.57%
  Spain 1.51%
  DK 1.39%
  Norway 1.15%
  Belgium 0.95%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.22%
ASUS 17.39%
Acer 16.99%
Dell 13.08%
Lenovo 6.07%
Toshiba 4.79%
Alienware 3.84%
Samsung 2.79%
MSI 2.69%
Intel 0.95%
Medion 0.49%
Common models
ASUS All Series 12.67%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.31%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.37%
MSI MS-7693 2.25%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.00%
MSI MS-7758 1.91%

About (from Hi-Rez Studios)

Our talented development team consists of industry-proven concept, character, environment, and technical artists, animators, designers, and programmers.
Publisher URL: www.hirezstudios.com


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