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1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,211
United States Rank #3,129
Reach 0.2897%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.06 days
326.13 days >
Average installed length: 171.36 days


VersionDistribution 2.15% 0.77% 0.19% 0.04% 0.30% 0.04% 0.63% 1.40% 0.05% 0.05% 0.02% 0.07% 0.49% 1.19% 0.02% 0.05% 0.04% 0.09% 0.09% 0.12% 0.68% 0.02% 0.32% 0.02% 0.02% 0.54% 0.02% 0.42% 0.05% 0.02% 0.07% 0.04% 0.02% 0.02% 0.11% 0.02% 0.02% 0.05% 0.02% 2.91% 0.19% 0.26% 0.16% 0.04% 0.02% 0.11% 0.68% 0.04% 0.02% 0.02% 0.12%
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NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver

What is NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver?

3D Vision is a stereoscopic gaming kit from Nvidia which consists of LC shutter glasses and driver software which enables stereoscopic vision for any Direct3D game, with various degrees of compatibility. There have been many examples of shutter glasses over the past decade, but the NVIDIA 3D Vision gaming kit introduced in 2008 introduced this technology to mainstream consumers and PC gamers. The stereo driver software can perform automatic stereoscopic conversion by using the 3D models submitted by the application and rendering two stereoscopic views instead of the standard mono view.


The most used version is, with over 32% 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. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 nvStInst.exe. The software installer includes 33 files and is usually about 11.9 MB (12,474,933 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-main.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvStInst.exe" /uninstall /ask
Estimated size: 11.9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver

Program executable:nvStInst.exe
Name:Stereoscpic 3D driver Installer API
Path:C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvStInst.exe
Additional files:
  • nvSCPAPISvr.exe - Stereo Vision Control Panel API Server
  • nvStInst.exe - Stereoscpic 3D driver Installer API
  • nvUSBInst.exe - Stereo Vision Emitter Installer API (Stereo Vision Emitter Installer API.)
  • nvUSBInst64.exe
  • nvstres.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision Module (4347133) (NVIDIA 3D Vision Module Resource DLL)
  • nvsttest.exe - NVIDIA 3D Vision Test Application
  • nvstview.exe - NVIDIA 3D Vision Photo Viewer
  • nvstreg.exe - Stereoscpic 3D Registry Tool
  • NvStereoUtilityOGL.exe - NVIDIA OpenGL Stereo Sample (OpenGL Stereo Sample)
  • Nv3DVisionIePlugin.dll - NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision (NVIDIA 3D Vision IE plugin)
  • Nv3DVisionIePlugin64.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision 64bit IE plugin
  • Nv3DVStreaming.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin
  • Nv3DVStreaming64.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision 64bit plugin
  • Nv3DVStreamingIePlugin.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming IE plugin
  • Nv3DVStreamingIePlugin64.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision 64bit Streaming IE plugin
  • nvimage.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision extention
  • nvimage64.dll
  • nvSCPAPI.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision Control Panel API
  • nvSCPAPI64.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision Control Panel 64bit API
  • nvStereoApiI.dll - NVIDIA API 3D Vision extention
  • nvStereoApiI64.dll - NVIDIA API 64bit 3D Vision extention
  • nvstlink.exe - 3D Vision Shortcut Handler
  • nvstwiz.exe - GeForce 3D Vision Wizard
  • nvStInit.dll - NVIDIA D3D shim drivers (NVIDIA Stereo Initialization dll, Version 307.83)
  • nvStInit64.dll
  • npnv3dv.dll - NVIDIA 3D Vision (NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers)
  • npnv3dvstreaming.dll - NVIDIA 3D VISION (NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming plugin for Mozilla browsers)
  • nvwl.dll - 3D Vision (TV's white list)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Google Chrome Plugins
  • npnv3dvstreaming.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npnv3dvstreaming.dll'.
  • npnv3dv.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npnv3dv.dll'.
2 Mozilla Plugins
  • npnv3dvstreaming.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision' with a plugin key of '@nvidia.com/3DVisionStreaming' for all users of the PC.
  • npnv3dv.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision' with a plugin key of '@nvidia.com/3DVision' for all users of the PC.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • nvstview.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3287A0D3-F74A-4FAA-933F-AD1EE2E83CA2}' (runs on registration).
  • nvstlink.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DA1E8B09-C755-47BD-84AB-379F89305C41}' (runs on registration).
  • nvSCPAPISvr.exe runs as a service named 'Stereo Service' (Stereo Service) "Provides system support for NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D driver".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • nvstlink.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'StereoLinksInstall' which loads as "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvstlink.exe" /install1.
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • nvstreg.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'NVStereoReg' which loads as "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvstreg.exe" "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvstdef.reg" "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\oglstreg.reg".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • nvstlink.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvstlink.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.02 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0012907758%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00071947%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00057130%
0.015104% average

How do I remove NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver?

You can uninstall NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver 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 NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver, 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 NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 81.02%
Windows 10 15.16%
Windows Vista 3.29%
Windows XP 0.53%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.97%
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.04%
Windows 7 Professional 10.60%
Windows 10 Home 4.85%
Windows 10 Pro 2.77%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.93% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.93%
  Germany 9.43%
  Iran 5.93%
  France 5.47%
  Italy 4.51%
  United Kingdom 3.54%
  Brazil 3.29%
  Canada 2.22%
  Australia 2.11%
  Netherlands 2.05%
  India 1.44%
  Russia 1.32%
  Belgium 1.21%
  Argentina 1.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 33.07%
Dell 22.69%
ASUS 17.10%
Hewlett-Packard 6.39%
Medion 3.03%
Lenovo 2.53%
Intel 1.46%
Apple 0.93%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Common models
eMachines EL1358G 5.90%
ASUSTeK K50ID 5.56%
Dell XPS L501X 5.56%
Acer Aspire X3990 4.71%
ASUSTeK K50IE 4.07%
MEDION P6630 3.57%


Nvidia is known for its graphics processing units and dominates the high performance GPU market.
Publisher URL: www.nvidia.com


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