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19% remove it81% keep it
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Average installed length: 186.15 days

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Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta

What is Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta?  (from Valve)

The Portal 2 Authoring Tools include versions of the same tools we used to make Portal 2. They'll allow you to create your own singleplayer and co-op maps, new character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music.


Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta is a software program developed by Valve. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 portal2.exe. The setup package generally installs about 103 files and is usually about 11.04 MB (11,577,317 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 63% of users of Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: developer.valvesoftware.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\steam\steamapps\common\portal 2
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/629
Estimated size: 11.04 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta

Program executable:portal2.exe
Path:C:\steam\steamapps\common\portal 2\portal2.exe
Additional files:
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library (tier0_s Dynamic Link Library (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave04))
  • hammer_dll.dll - Valve Hammer Editor (tm) (Hammer)
  • steam_api.dll - Steam Client API (Steam Client API (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave04))
  • steam_api64.dll - Steam Client API (buildbot_winslave01_steam_rel_client_win64@winslave01)
  • steamclient.dll - Steam (Steamclient.dll (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave04))
  • Uninstal.exe
  • adminserver.dll
  • bsppack.dll
  • bugreporter_filequeue.dll
  • bugreporter_public.dll
  • datacache.dll
  • engine.dll
  • filesystem_stdio.dll
  • filesystemopendialog.dll - SteamFileDialog Dynamic Link Library (SteamFileDialog DLL)
  • inputsystem.dll
  • launcher.dll
  • localize.dll
  • materialsystem.dll
  • mdllib.dll
  • scenefilecache.dll
  • serverbrowser.dll
  • serverplugin_empty.dll
  • shaderapidx9.dll
  • shaderapiempty.dll
  • shadercompile.exe
  • vaudio_speex.dll
  • vrad_dll.dll
  • vtf2tga.exe
  • bspzip.exe
  • captioncompiler.exe
  • glview.exe
  • hammer.exe
  • hammer_run_map_launcher.exe
  • height2normal.exe
  • height2ssbump.exe
  • hlfaceposer.exe
  • hlmv.exe
  • mksheet.exe
  • motionmapper.exe
  • phonemeextractor_ims.dll
  • QC_Eyes.exe - QC_Eyes Application (QC_Eyes MFC Application)
  • SDKLauncher.exe
  • soundemittersystem.dll
  • soundsystem.dll
  • stdshader_dbg.dll
  • stdshader_dx9.dll
  • studiomdl.exe
  • studiorender.dll
  • texturecompile_dll.dll
  • tier0.dll
  • unitlib.dll
  • valve_avi.dll
  • vaudio_miles.dll
  • vbsp.exe
  • vbspinfo.exe
  • vgui2.dll
  • vguimatsurface.dll
  • vphysics.dll
  • vpk.exe
  • vrad.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • portal2.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A7BB65C2-8AA6-4A4C-9711-D3B57AE7D1A6}' (runs on registration).
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F5654D2A-274C-48DD-B285-721330E24B9F}' (runs on registration).
  • SteamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E7D265B4-59BF-47D6-AE89-982082F40E03}' (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.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • portal2.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\steam\SteamApps\common\Portal Stories Mel\portal2.exe'.
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\hry\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • SteamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.

How do I remove Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta?

You can uninstall Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta 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 Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta, 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 Portal 2 Authoring Tools - Beta.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 19%
Keep it 81%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.79%
Windows 10 27.03%
Windows Vista 2.30%
Windows XP 0.88%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.65%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.61%
Windows 7 Professional 10.30%
Windows 8.1 10.30%
Windows 10 Home 5.15%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.80%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.52% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.52%
  United Kingdom 6.98%
  Canada 4.79%
  Germany 4.65%
  France 4.24%
  Australia 2.05%
  Netherlands 1.78%
  Belgium 1.09%
  DK 1.09%
  Finland 1.09%
  Sweden 0.82%
  Italy 0.68%
  Brazil 0.55%
  Czech Republic 0.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.86%
Dell 18.79%
Acer 13.29%
ASUS 12.14%
Lenovo 4.91%
Toshiba 4.91%
Alienware 3.18%
Samsung 2.60%
Intel 1.73%
American Megatrends 1.16%
Apple 0.58%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.52%
Dell XPS 8300 3.80%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.80%
Acer Aspire 5750G 2.72%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 2.72%
Dell Inspiron 620 2.17%

About Valve

Valve is a video game development and digital distribution company through Steam best known for its critically acclaimed product, Half-Life.
Publisher URL: www.valvesoftware.com


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