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The Lab

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Overview

The Lab 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 setup package generally installs about 84 files and is usually about 14.62 MB (15,332,675 bytes). The program uses the GLib GNOME library. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 76% of users of The Lab come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\The Lab
Uninstaller: "C:\Games\Steam\steam.exe" steaC://uninstall/450390
Estimated size: 14.62 MB

Program filesFiles installed by The Lab

  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam
  • Steam.dll
  • Steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • steamclient.dll
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • SteamOverlayVulkanLayer64.dll
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • streaming_client.exe
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • video.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • SteamOverlayVulkanLayer.dll
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • uninstall.exe
  • CSERHelper.dll - CSER Helper (Debug Helper Routines)
  • libavcodec-57.dll
  • libavformat-57.dll
  • libavresample-3.dll
  • libavutil-55.dll
  • libswscale-4.dll
  • animationsystem.dll
  • assetbrowser.dll
  • assetpreview.dll
  • assetsystem.dll
  • ati_compress_wrapper.dll
  • bakedlodbuilder.dll
  • binkw64.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Bink and Smacker (RAD Video Tools)
  • bugreporter_filequeue.dll
  • configurationsystem.dll
  • d3dcompiler_43.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • d3dcompiler_46.dll (by Microsoft)
  • d3dcompiler_46_64.dll
  • d3dx10_43.dll - Direct3D 10.1 Extensions
  • d3dx11_43.dll
  • d3dx9_43.dll - Direct3D 9 Extensions
  • datacache.dll
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • engine2.dll
  • environmentmapbuilder.dll
  • filesystem_stdio.dll
  • filesystemopendialog.dll - SteamFileDialog Dynamic Link Library (SteamFileDialog DLL)
  • helpsystem.dll
  • icui18n.dll
  • icui18nx64.dll
  • icuuc.dll
  • icuucx64.dll
  • imemanager.dll
  • inputsystem.dll
  • libav_h264-56.dll
  • libavcodec-56.dll
  • libavformat-56.dll
  • libavresample-2.dll
  • libavutil-54.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • Steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B6D81AEC-C691-4109-ACBA-39A635BBAF0E}' (runs on registration).
  • SteamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0FA4F2B3-5879-4EB7-87D7-15A36952D352}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam_Reg_HKCURun_S-1-5-21-3837917440-1771750534-681917250-1001.
2 Startup Files (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.
  • SteamTmp.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.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • SteamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.

How do I remove The Lab?

Quickly and completely remove The Lab from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall The Lab 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program The Lab, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 The Lab.

OS VERSIONS
Win 10 95%
Win 7 (SP1) 5%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 95.39%
Windows 7 4.61%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 46.05%
Windows 10 Pro 38.16%
Windows 10 Enterprise 2.63%
Windows 7 Home Premium 2.63%
Windows 8.1 1.97%
Windows 8.1 Pro 1.97%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.88% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.88%
  Germany 3.95%
  France 3.95%
  United Kingdom 3.07%
  Australia 1.75%
  Italy 1.32%
  Japan 1.32%
  Netherlands 1.32%
  Sweden 1.32%
  Canada 0.88%
  Spain 0.88%
  Hong Kong 0.88%
  Norway 0.88%
  Austria 0.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 18.75%
Alienware 18.75%
Lenovo 18.75%
Hewlett-Packard 15.63%
ASUS 15.63%
Acer 6.25%
MSI 3.13%
Intel 3.13%
Common models
ASUS All Series 16.30%
MSI MS-7817 4.35%
MSI MS-7917 3.26%
MSI MS-7850 3.26%
LENOVO 10181 2.17%
MSI MS-7818 2.17%

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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