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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,181
United States Rank #27,377
Reach 0.0205%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.47 days
692.25 days >
Average installed length: 363.72 days


VersionDistribution 0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.99% 3.22% 1.24% 0.25% 0.74% 0.25% 0.25% 1.24% 0.25% 6.68% 2.23% 3.47% 3.71% 7.43% 0.50% 0.50% 0.25% 5.94% 1.24% 0.50% 0.50% 0.25% 0.74% 12.13% 1.73% 7.43% 3.22% 2.97% 3.71% 13.86% 1.49% 7.18% 0.50% 0.74% 0.25% 1.73%

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Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite

What is Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite?  (from Qualcomm Atheros)

Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth® technology. It’s a great way to sync and share files, photos, music, games and videos at the speed of Wi-Fi, but with the ease of Bluetooth. It’s also a great way to extend and enhance the usability of small mobile devices by connecting to external headsets, keyboards, mice and printers. Suc...  Read more


Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite is a software program developed by Qualcomm Atheros. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named BtvStack.exe. The setup package generally installs about 45 files and is usually about 66.76 MB (70,002,911 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 14% of users of Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite come from the United States, it is also popular in India and MA.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.qca.qualcomm.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Bluetooth Suite\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{A76CC483-4AAB-4DDF-9920-ADBEA8CCDBA2}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 66.76 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite

Program executable:BtvStack.exe
Name:Bluetooth Software
Extension Core
Path:C:\Program Files\Bluetooth Suite\BtvStack.exe
Additional files:
  • AdminService.exe - Bluetooth Software (AdminService Application)
  • AdminTools.exe - AdminTools Application
  • atheros Outlook Addin.dll - Outlook Addin Module
  • AVRemoteControl.exe - Atheros Bluetooth Module
  • BtathVdpSink.exe
  • BtathVdpSrc.exe
  • BtCommonRes.dll
  • BtContextMenu.dll
  • BtvAppExt.dll
  • BtvSdkDll.dll - Bluetooth SDK Dynamic Link Library
  • BtvStack.exe - Extension Core
  • CombineAgent.dll - Audio Combine Agent
  • CommApi.dll - Common API
  • FolderViewImpl.dll - Bluetooth File Transfer Plugin
  • GattI.dll - Bluetooth 4.0 COM interface SDK
  • gatts.dll - GATT Server Dynamic Link Library
  • Handsfree.dll - Handsfree Dynamic Link Library
  • IEPlugIn.dll - Bluetooth IE PlugIn
  • ipc.dll - Inter Process Communication
  • kbhook.dll - kbhook Dynamic Link Library
  • LeSetting.exe - BT Software Suite (LE Setting)
  • BtTray.exe - BtTray
  • BtTray.Infrastructure.dll - BtTray.Infrastructure
  • BtTray.Toolkit.dll - BtTray.Toolkit
  • CommApiInterop.dll - CommApiInterop
  • ExtensionToolkit.dll - ExtensionToolkit
  • athcfg20res.dll (by Atheros Communications) - Atheros Configuration API Res Dynamic Link Library (ACAPI RES DLL)
  • athcfg20resU.dll (by Atheros Communications)
  • athcfg20.dll (by Atheros) - Atheros Configuration API Dynamic Link Library (ACAPI DLL)
  • athcfg20U.dll (by Atheros)
  • BTAPI.dll - Atheros Bluetooth Suite (Bluetooth API Extension)
  • Ath_CoexAgent.exe - Ath_Coex Application (Atheros Coex Service Application)
  • Atheros Outlook Addin 2010.dll - OutlookAddin42010
  • AddCert.exe - AddCert
  • BtPreLoad.exe
  • ContactsApi.dll
  • HidHook.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • BtvAppExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Atheros' with a class of {B8952421-0E55-400B-94A6-FA858FC0A39F}.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • IEPlugIn.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'CIESpeechBHO Class' with the class of {8D10F6C4-0E01-4BD4-8601-11AC1FDF8126} (IESpeakDoc).
Internet Explorer Extension
  • IEPlugIn.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {7815BE26-237D-41A8-A98F-F7BD75F71086}.
2 Services
  • Ath_CoexAgent.exe runs as a service named 'ZAtheros Bt&Wlan Coex Agent' (ZAtheros Bt&Wlan Coex Agent) "Co-existence Coordinator Service between 11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN and Bluetooth.".
  • AdminService.exe runs as a service named 'AtherosSvc' (AtherosSvc) "Atheros BT Stack Service Agent".
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • BtvStack.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BtvStack' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Bluetooth Suite\BtvStack.exe".
  • BtTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BtTray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Bluetooth Suite\BtTray.exe".
  • BtPreLoad.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BtPreLoad' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Bluetooth Suite\BtPreLoad.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.67 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002430898%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00017742%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00006567%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:8,178
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:25 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite?

You can uninstall Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite 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 Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite, 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 Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win 7 16%
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 59.16%
Windows 10 40.84%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 31.59%
Windows 7 Professional 16.42%
Windows 8 Pro 12.44%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.97%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.47%
Windows 8 4.48%

Distribution by countryGeography

14.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 14.14%
  India 12.57%
  MA 6.02%
  DZ 5.24%
  Indonesia 4.97%
  Germany 4.97%
  Italy 3.40%
  Egypt 2.62%
  United Kingdom 2.62%
  Malaysia 2.62%
  IQ 2.36%
  Saudi Arabia 2.09%
  France 1.57%
  Thailand 1.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.18%
Lenovo 21.21%
Acer 16.67%
Samsung 15.15%
Dell 7.58%
ASUS 6.06%
Toshiba 3.03%
Sony 1.82%
Common models
HP ProBook 4530s 11.07%
LENOVO 20236 7.38%
LENOVO 20324 6.71%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 4.36%
Samsung 300E5EV/300E4EV/2... 3.36%
LENOVO 20351 2.68%

About Qualcomm Atheros

Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, most noteably wireless chipsets for the IEEE 802.
Publisher URL: www.atheros.com


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