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What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,593
United States Rank #3,322
Reach 0.2375%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.46 days
367.68 days >
Average installed length: 193.19 days


1.01 0.02%
1.00 0.34% 0.06%

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What is Watch_Dogs?  (from Ubisoft)

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You'll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal informati...  Read more


Watch_Dogs is a software program developed by Ubisoft. The most common release is 1.01, with over 0% of all installations currently using this version. 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 downloader.exe. The setup package generally installs about 394 files and is usually about 5.28 MB (5,534,544 bytes). 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 36% of users of Watch_Dogs come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: watchdogs.ubi.com
Help link: support.ubi.com
Installation folder: C:/Watch_Dogs/
Uninstaller: "C:\Ubisoft Game Launcher\Uplay.exe" uplaC://uninstall/274
Estimated size: 5.28 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Watch_Dogs

Program executable:downloader.exe
Additional files:
  • Watch_Dogs.exe - Watch_Dogs
  • ubiorbitapi_r2.dll
  • npuplaypc.dll
  • npuplaypchub.dll
  • overlay.dll
  • overlay64.dll
  • ubiorbitapi_r264.dll
  • UbisoftGameLauncher.exe
  • UbisoftGameLauncher64.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - Uplay 4.3 installer (Ubisoft Uplay Installer)
  • Uplay.exe - Uplay (Uplay launcher)
  • uplay_r1.dll
  • UplayCrashReporter.exe
  • UplayService.exe
  • uplay_r164.dll
  • Disrupt_b64.dll
  • GFSDK_TXAA.win64.dll
  • libcef.dll - Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Dynamic Link Library
  • uplay_r1_loader64.dll (by *!ReLOADeD!*) - UPlay
  • xinput1_3.dll - XBOX 360 Controller Emulator
  • 3dmGameDll.dll
  • bink2w64.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Bink and Smacker (RAD Video Tools)
  • dbghelp.dll (by Microsoft) - Windows Image Helper
  • dbghelp64.dll (by Microsoft)
  • GFSDK_SSAO.win64.dll
  • gpudatabase.dll - GPU Database DLL (Ubisoft Entertainment)
  • icui18n.dll
  • icuuc.dll
  • systemdetection64.dll - System Detection DLL
  • uext64.dll
  • UplayInstaller.exe
  • v8.dll
  • VS_2008_vcredist_sp1_x64.exe - Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable (Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Setup)
  • VS_2010_vcredist_x64.exe - Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable (Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable Setup)
  • x360ce.exe (by TocaEdit) - X360 Controller Emulator
  • D3D11Install.exe - DirectX SDK (Direct3D 11 Install Helper Command-line EXE)
  • D3D11InstallHelper.dll - Direct3D 11 Install Helper DLL
  • d3d9.dll
  • dotnetfx35.exe - .NET Framework 3.5 (.NET Framework 3.5 Setup)
  • DSETUP.dll - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct driver preloader)
  • dsetup32.dll - DirectX Setup - 32-bit piece
  • DXSETUP.exe - Microsoft DirectX Setup
  • FirewallInstall.exe
  • FirewallInstallHelper.dll - Firewall Install Helper DLL
  • GameuxInstallHelper.dll - Game Explorer Install Helper DLL
  • GDFInstall.exe
  • GDFWin7.dll
  • GDFWin8.dll
  • GDFWinVista.dll
  • Launcher.exe (by EA Games) - Watch_Dogs Launcher (Watch_Dogs Launcher Setup)
  • libavcodec-56.dll
  • libavformat-56.dll
  • libavresample-2.dll
  • libavutil-54.dll
  • libswscale-3.dll
  • steam_api.dll (by Valve) - Steam Client API
  • steam_api64.dll (by Valve)
  • ubiorbitapi_r2_loader.dll
  • UplayWebCore.exe
  • winh264.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npuplaypc.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npuplaypc.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npuplaypc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'ubisoft.com/uplaypc' with a plugin key of 'ubisoft.com/uplaypc'.
5 Scheduled Tasks
  • watch_dogs.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BF72A3E4-89B2-4194-9BCB-7FA7FFAAE777}' (runs on registration).
  • Uplay.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6325695F-095E-48BB-A26D-E16C9DC82680}' (runs on registration).
  • DXSETUP.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{83EE4058-A0A8-44B6-A116-14CD927D91B6}' (runs on registration).
  • UplayService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B9FF8EE9-7A83-438F-9F1D-D3BF01EDFB1A}' (runs on registration).
  • UbisoftGameLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7DDF20BA-DBF3-449F-B6D7-AA6D3E0B530C}' (runs on registration).
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • UbisoftGameLauncher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\UbisoftGameLauncher.exe'.
  • UplayService.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\UplayService.exe'.
  • Uplay.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\Uplay.exe'.

How do I remove Watch_Dogs?

You can uninstall Watch_Dogs 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 Watch_Dogs, 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 Watch_Dogs.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Watch_Dogs you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 56.12%
Windows 7 43.75%
Windows Vista 0.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.55%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.23%
Windows 8.1 15.45%
Windows 8.1 Pro 12.56%
Windows 10 Home 9.99%
Windows 7 Professional 7.78%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.10%
  Germany 7.85%
  France 7.72%
  United Kingdom 5.88%
  Canada 3.23%
  Netherlands 2.95%
  Italy 2.78%
  Australia 2.36%
  Sweden 2.32%
  DK 2.21%
  Brazil 2.10%
  Norway 1.76%
  Belgium 1.56%
  Turkey 1.43%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 25.06%
Acer 16.01%
Hewlett-Packard 13.78%
Dell 9.30%
Lenovo 6.86%
Alienware 5.69%
MSI 4.73%
Samsung 1.98%
Toshiba 1.68%
Intel 1.27%
Medion 1.22%
Common models
ASUS All Series 25.50%
MSI MS-7821 5.29%
MSI MS-7816 2.65%
LENOVO 20217 2.32%
MSI MS-7758 2.26%
MSI MS-7850 2.07%

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a video game publisher and developer whos knonw brands include Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Beyond Good & Evil,Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Far Cry and Rayman.
Publisher URL: www.ubi.com


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