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Should I remove Qualcomm Atheros WiFi Driver Installation?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #504
United States Rank #812
Reach 1.3017%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.75 days
435.04 days >
Average installed length: 228.58 days


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9.2 30.20%
3.1 6.39%
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Qualcomm Atheros WiFi Driver Installation

What is Qualcomm Atheros WiFi Driver Installation?

The Qualcomm Atheros WiFi 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 common release is 9.2, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. 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 primary executable is named Ath_WlanAgent.exe. The setup package generally installs about 43 files and is usually about 3.24 MB (3,395,898 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.qualcomm.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Qualcomm Atheros WiFi Driver Installation
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{E727B31A-8B24-4C1C-934A-69634E0D2C0B}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 3.24 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Qualcomm Atheros WiFi Driver Installation

Program executable:Ath_WlanAgent.exe
Name: Ath_Coex Application
Atheros Coex Service Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Qualcomm Atheros\Ath_WlanAgent.exe
Additional files:
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • AthIhvWlanExt.dll (by Atheros Communications) - DirectConnect (Atheros IHV Manager)
  • AthIhvWpaP2p.dll (by Atheros Communications) - 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
  • DCWpaSupplicant.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EB113B4E-DD5C-4F1B-89C7-76804ADB0D1F}' (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 WiFi Driver Installation?

You can uninstall Qualcomm Atheros WiFi Driver Installation 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 WiFi Driver Installation, 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 WiFi Driver Installation.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.62%
Windows 10 39.07%
Windows Vista 0.28%
Windows XP 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.61%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.12%
Windows 8.1 12.20%
Windows 8 9.05%
Windows 10 Home 8.33%
Windows 7 Professional 6.53%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.58% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.58%
  Germany 5.71%
  Italy 4.88%
  France 4.59%
  United Kingdom 4.38%
  Canada 4.03%
  Brazil 3.94%
  Australia 2.55%
  Netherlands 2.20%
  Indonesia 1.47%
  Spain 1.45%
  Belgium 1.35%
  Sweden 1.34%
  India 1.30%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 52.77%
ASUS 35.64%
Sony 7.82%
Hewlett-Packard 1.51%
Dell 1.16%
MSI 0.79%
Lenovo 0.16%
Common models
ASUSTeK K54C 5.10%
Gateway NE56R 4.48%
Acer Aspire V3-571G 4.34%
Acer Aspire E1-571 4.32%
ASUSTeK K55VD 3.78%
Acer Aspire E1-531 3.70%

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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