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Should I remove Mass Effect 2?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,553
United States Rank #3,319
Reach 0.1156%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.67 days
550.67 days >
Average installed length: 289.33 days


1.2.1604.0 0.35% 0.31%
1.02 1.05%
1.00.0000 0.04% 0.04%

Mass Effect 2

What is Mass Effect 2?

Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The game takes place within the Milky Way galaxy during the 22nd century, where humanity is threatened by an insect-like species known as the Collectors. The player assumes the role of Commander Shepard, an elite human soldier who must construct and gain the loyalty of a diverse team in order to defeat the enemy in a suicide mission. The game features a compatibility mode that allows several major plot decisions from its predecessor to impact the story of the game. BioWare changed many gameplay elements and put further emphasis on third-person shooter aspects, including limited ammunition and regenerable health. Mass Effect 2 is a single-player action role-playing game where the player takes the role of Commander Shepard through a third-person perspective.


The most used version is 1.02, with over 1% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is MassEffect2Launcher.exe. The software installer includes 114 files and is usually about 16.88 MB (17,700,000 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: masseffect.bioware.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Mass Effect 2
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/24980
Estimated size: 16.88 MB
Language: French (France)

Program filesFiles installed by Mass Effect 2

Program executable:MassEffect2Launcher.exe
Name:Launcher Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Mass Effect 2\MassEffect2Launcher.exe
Additional files:
  • MassEffect2Launcher.exe - Launcher Application
  • ME2_Arrival.exe - Mass Effect 2 (Mass Effect 2 DLC Installer)
  • ME2_CerberusArc.exe - Mass Effect 2 Installer
  • ME2_CerberusWpnArmor.exe
  • ME2_Genesis.exe
  • ME2_Hammerhead.exe
  • ME2_Kasumi.exe
  • ME2_NormandyCrash.exe
  • ME2_ShadowBroker.exe
  • ME2_Zaeed.exe
  • GDFDLL.dll
  • MassEffect2.exe
  • MassEffect2Config.exe - Mass Effect 2 Configuration Utility
  • ME2_EqualizerPack.exe
  • AppOverlay.dll (by Valve) - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll (by Valve)
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • Steam.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • steamclient.dll - Steam
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe
  • GDFBinary_en_US.dll (by Electronic Arts) - Game Definition File resources
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • steamTmp.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • MassEffect2Config.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F900A239-5CF5-47F7-9AA0-618585201792}' (runs on registration).
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D65D5174-F6F6-4F27-A231-681F452734B2}' (runs on registration).
  • GameOverlayUI.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{98D22EE8-FBCE-4B0A-A638-4A27C81582F5}' (runs on registration).
  • steamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0FA4F2B3-5879-4EB7-87D7-15A36952D352}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steam.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\steam\steam.exe.
  • SteamTmp.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steam' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Steam' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • steamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • MassEffect2Launcher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Mass Effect 2\MassEffect2Launcher.exe'.
Network connections
  • Steam.exe connects to a96-7-41-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27018).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27019).
  • steamTmp.exe connects to cdn-178-79-196-253.pmo.llnw.net ( port 80).
  • steamTmp.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • steamTmp.exe connects to cm-04.lux.valve.net ( port 27018).
  • steamTmp.exe connects to (port 27030).
  • steamTmp.exe connects to VALVE-CORPO.car2.Philadelphia1.Level3.net ( port 27031).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:151.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003899617%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00015490%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00023506%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:41,366,072
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:3.07 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.78 MB
105.02 KB average
Memory:21.35 MB
Total CPU:0.0004747990%
Kernel CPU:0.00032078%
User CPU:0.00015402%
CPU cycles/sec:16,959,400
I/O reads/min:35.45 KB
I/O writes/min:3.3 KB
Memory:230.39 MB
Total CPU:0.0025027453%
Kernel CPU:0.00142709%
User CPU:0.00107566%
CPU cycles/sec:28,069,388
I/O reads/min:1.77 MB
I/O writes/min:2.18 MB

How do I remove Mass Effect 2?

You can uninstall Mass Effect 2 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 Mass Effect 2, 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 Mass Effect 2.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.50%
Windows 10 43.49%
Windows Vista 0.70%
Windows XP 0.31%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.70%
Windows 8.1 13.36%
Windows 10 Home 12.74%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.64%
Windows 7 Professional 9.14%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.89%

Distribution by countryGeography

64.01% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 64.01%
  United Kingdom 5.85%
  Canada 5.68%
  France 4.24%
  Australia 3.12%
  Germany 2.89%
  Finland 1.25%
  DK 1.18%
  Sweden 1.05%
  Brazil 0.82%
  Italy 0.82%
  Norway 0.79%
  Netherlands 0.76%
  New Zealand 0.62%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 17.87%
ASUS 17.78%
Dell 14.21%
Acer 9.72%
Lenovo 7.88%
Alienware 6.14%
Toshiba 4.86%
MSI 3.48%
Samsung 1.83%
Intel 1.56%
Apple 0.82%
Common models
ASUS All Series 17.49%
LENOVO 20217 2.79%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.63%
MSI MS-7758 2.17%
MSI MS-7751 2.17%
MSI MS-7821 2.01%

About BioWare

BioWare is a video game developer owned by Electronic Arts and specializes in role-playing video games.
Publisher URL: www.bioware.com


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