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Should I remove Qualcomm Atheros Driver Installation Program?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #451
United States Rank #298
Reach 1.4127%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.48 days
427.25 days >
Average installed length: 224.49 days


10.0 99.99%
9.2 0.01%

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Qualcomm Atheros Driver Installation Program

What is Qualcomm Atheros Driver Installation Program?

The Qualcomm Atheros Driver is the software driver for the WiFi NICs. It is a program used to communicate from the Windows PC OS to the device. This software is required in most cases for the hardware device to function properly. In most cases, drivers come with Windows or can be found by going to Windows Update in Control Panel and checking for updates as well as downloaded from the Qualcomm Atheros support website.


The most used version is 10.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is wsimdbub.exe. The software installer includes 29 files and is usually about 3.88 MB (4,069,287 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.qualcomm.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Qualcomm Atheros
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{C3A32068-8AB1-4327-BB16-BED9C6219DC7}\Setup.exe" -runfromtemp -removeonly
Estimated size: 3.88 MB
Language: French (France)

Program filesFiles installed by Qualcomm Atheros Driver Installation Program

Program executable:wsimdbub.exe
wsimd bind unbind utility
Path:C:\Program Files\Qualcomm Atheros\wsimdbub.exe
Additional files:
  • asav.exe - QUALCOMM ATHEROS SmartNet Controller
  • customer.dll - API library (API library for keepalive, wakeup, NDIS settings query)
  • 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)
  • AthIhvWlanExt.dll - DirectConnect (Atheros IHV Manager)
  • AthIhvWpaP2p.dll - DirectConnect P2P IHV
  • AthWpaP2pDriver.dll - P2P Supplicant Driver
  • DCWpaSupplicant.exe - DirectConnect P2P Supplicant
  • wpa_cli.exe - P2P Supplicant command line interface
  • wpa_supplicant.exe - Atheros P2P Supplicant

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • asav.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{10EA8129-E74E-41E0-9BE2-1FBD8CC330E7}' (runs on registration).
  • Ath_WlanAgent.exe runs as a service named 'ZAtheros Wlan Agent' (ZAtheros Wlan Agent) "Atheros agent for Wlan".

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 Driver Installation Program?

You can uninstall Qualcomm Atheros Driver 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 Driver 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 Driver Installation Program.

Win 10 87%
Win 7 (SP1) 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 86.76%
Windows 7 13.14%
Windows XP 0.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 42.35%
Windows 8 16.50%
Windows 10 Home 16.00%
Windows 7 Professional 5.83%
Windows 7 Home Premium 4.61%
Windows 8.1 Connected 3.72%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.22%
  Italy 4.99%
  United Kingdom 4.06%
  France 2.46%
  Germany 1.90%
  Canada 1.75%
  Australia 1.34%
  Netherlands 0.90%
  Mexico 0.88%
  Brazil 0.85%
  Spain 0.71%
  Sweden 0.70%
  India 0.48%
  Belgium 0.46%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 97.57%
Acer 1.18%
ASUS 0.67%
Dell 0.19%
Toshiba 0.18%
Samsung 0.15%
Lenovo 0.06%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 16.73%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.19%
HP 15 Notebook PC 7.44%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 5.99%
HP ENVY m6 Notebook PC 3.01%
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15 2.89%

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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