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Should I remove Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #177
United States Rank #320
Reach 2.9729%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.01 days
383.84 days >
Average installed length: 201.68 days


10.0 99.86%

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Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program

What is Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program?

This software is included with various Qualcomm devices for Bluetooth and WiFi. The software contains the necessary functionality to update the main drivers and device BIOS. Although it is not required to run the device, it is recommended to use in order to keep it up to date.


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. The primary executable is named acu.exe. The setup package generally installs about 47 files and is usually about 1.1 MB (1,155,720 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.atheros.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Qualcomm Atheros
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{28006915-2739-4EBE-B5E8-49B25D32EB33}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 1.1 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program

Program executable:acu.exe
Atheros Client Utility
Path:C:\Program Files\qualcomm atheros\acu.exe
Additional files:
  • setup.exe - Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program (InstallScript Setup Launcher)
  • customer.dll - API library (API library for keepalive, wakeup, NDIS settings query)
  • Interop.NETCONLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'NETCONLib'.
  • athdiag.exe - Client Managed Test Utility Application (Client Managed Test Utility MFC Application)
  • athdiagloc.dll (by Atheros) - Atheros Testool Localized Library (AthDiagLoc DLL)
  • DiagAPI.dll (by Atheros Communications) - DiagAPI Dynamic Link Library
  • AWiCDiag.exe (by Atheros Communications) - AWiC Diagnostics Utility
  • Ath_WlanAgent.exe (by Atheros) - Ath_Coex Application (Atheros Coex Service Application)
  • AWiCSrvc.exe - AWiC service
  • oemresloc.dll - oemresloc (Atheros OEM Resource Localized DLL)
  • DCWlan.dll - WLan API (Wlan API)
  • AWiCICS.exe - AWiCICS
  • AWiCMgr.exe - AWiCMgr
  • aculoc.dll - ACULoc (Atheros Client Utility Localized)
  • oemres.dll - oemres (Atheros OEM Resource DLL)
  • AWiC.exe - AWiC
  • jswscpstore.dll - ACU (Jumpstart for Wireless ACU profile export utility)
  • wsimdbubx.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Services
  • AWiCSrvc.exe runs as a service named 'AWiCSrvc' (AWiCSrvc).
  • Ath_WlanAgent.exe runs as a service named 'ZAtheros Wlan Agent' (ZAtheros Wlan Agent) "Atheros agent for Wlan".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • ACU.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ACU' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Qualcomm Atheros\ACU.exe" -nogui.
  • AWiCMgr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AWiC' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Qualcomm Atheros\AWiCMgr.exe" -nogui.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.22 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000711363%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00003799%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003315%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:8,517
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program?

You can uninstall Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program 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 Client Installation Program, 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 Client Installation Program.

Win 10 93%
Win 7 (SP1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 93.54%
Windows 7 6.26%
Windows XP 0.16%
Windows Vista 0.04%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 35.54%
Windows 10 Home 22.05%
Windows 8 12.47%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 6.77%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 3.68%
Windows 8 Single Language 3.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.36% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.36%
  Italy 11.10%
  France 6.56%
  United Kingdom 5.64%
  Germany 4.42%
  Brazil 3.90%
  Canada 2.66%
  Netherlands 2.24%
  Spain 1.88%
  Australia 1.74%
  Poland 1.13%
  Sweden 1.11%
  India 1.10%
  Belgium 0.90%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 57.11%
Lenovo 24.10%
Samsung 15.63%
Acer 1.45%
Toshiba 0.66%
Hewlett-Packard 0.65%
Dell 0.22%
MSI 0.17%
Common models
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 4.03%
ASUSTeK X551MA 3.49%
Samsung 350V5C/351V5C/354... 3.15%
ASUSTeK X550CC 3.01%
ASUSTeK X550CA 2.57%
ASUSTeK X553MA 2.40%

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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