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Source Dedicated Server


Source Dedicated Server is a software program developed by Valve. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 srcds.exe. The setup package generally installs about 52 files and is usually about 5.58 MB (5,848,955 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 50% of users of Source Dedicated Server come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steampowered.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\steam\steamapps\rx7chick\source dedicated server
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/205
Estimated size: 5.58 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Source Dedicated Server

Program executable:srcds.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\steam\steamapps\rx7chick\source dedicated server\srcds.exe
Additional files:
  • steam_api.dll - Steam Client API
  • steam.dll
  • AdminServer.dll
  • AppOverlay.dll - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • CSERHelper.dll - CSER Helper (Debug Helper Routines)
  • d3dcompiler_46.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • d3dcompiler_46_64.dll (by Microsoft)
  • datacache.dll
  • datamodel.dll
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • dedicated.dll
  • dmserializers.dll
  • engine.dll
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam
  • libavcodec-55.dll
  • libavformat-55.dll
  • libavresample-1.dll
  • libavutil-53.dll
  • libswscale-2.dll
  • MaterialSystem.dll
  • parsifal.dll
  • scenefilecache.dll
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • shaderapiempty.dll
  • SoundEmitterSystem.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • Steam2.dll - Steam Client Engine
  • steamclient.dll
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • streaming_client.exe
  • StudioRender.dll
  • tier0.dll
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • uninstall.exe
  • vgui2.dll
  • video.dll
  • vphysics.dll
  • vstdlib.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • WriteMiniDump.exe - Win32 MiniDump Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{ABA2DD56-F00B-4D40-AC0A-2B182C57677E}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam 2.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Steam.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.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Steam' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.

How do I remove Source Dedicated Server?

You can uninstall Source Dedicated Server 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 Source Dedicated Server, 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 Source Dedicated Server.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win Server 2003 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.45%
Windows 10 42.75%
Windows Vista 2.90%
Windows XP 2.17%
Windows Server 2003 0.72%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.46%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.12%
Windows 8.1 14.49%
Windows 7 Professional 10.87%
Windows 10 Pro 7.25%
Windows 10 Home 6.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.29% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.29%
  Canada 6.43%
  Germany 6.43%
  United Kingdom 5.26%
  France 4.09%
  Australia 3.51%
  Sweden 3.51%
  DK 2.92%
  Brazil 2.34%
  Finland 2.34%
  Norway 2.34%
  Belgium 1.75%
  Spain 1.17%
  Israel 1.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 23.53%
Hewlett-Packard 22.06%
Dell 7.35%
Alienware 7.35%
ASUS 5.88%
Lenovo 5.88%
American Megatrends 5.88%
Toshiba 4.41%
Intel 2.94%
Apple 1.47%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.14%
MSI MS-7693 2.33%
HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC 2.33%
ASUSTeK G30AB 2.33%
MSI MS-7850 2.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite S855 1.16%

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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