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Should I remove World of Warcraft?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #594
United States Rank #425
Reach 1.1365%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.01 days
531.37 days >
Average installed length: 279.19 days


VersionDistribution 0.00% 0.11% 0.00% 1.68% 0.59% 0.23% 0.03% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.03% 0.02% 0.01% 0.02% 0.00% 0.01% 0.01% 0.02% 0.03% 0.00% 0.02% 0.00% 0.01% 4.48% 0.14% 0.84% 1.01% 0.08% 0.08% 0.04% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.01% 2.07% 0.89% 0.02% 0.37% 0.08% 0.17% 0.02% 0.11% 0.04% 0.19% 0.20% 0.00% 0.00% 0.01% 0.01% 0.00% 3.54%
98 versions

World of Warcraft

What is World of Warcraft?

World of Warcraft is the fourth released game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe. As with other MMORPGs, players control a character avatar within a game world in third- or first-person view, exploring the landscape, fighting various monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters (NPCs) or other players.


The most used version is, with over 6% 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 main program executable is wow.exe. The software installer includes 176 files and is usually about 14.24 MB (14,935,108 bytes). Blizzard Updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: us.blizzard.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Games\World of Warcraft\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Blizzard Entertainment\World of Warcraft\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 14.24 MB

Program filesFiles installed by World of Warcraft

Program executable:wow.exe
Name:World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft Retail
Path:C:\wow\world of warcraft\wow.exe
Additional files:
  • WoW- - Blizzard Downloader
  • WoW-x.x.x.x-
  • WoW-x.x.x.x-
  • MovieProxy.exe - World of Warcraft (World of Warcraft: Movie Proxy)
  • Wow-64.exe - World of Warcraft Retail
  • World of Warcraft Launcher.exe - Blizzard Setup (World of Warcraft Setup)
  • Scan.dll - Blizzard Scan
  • Scan-64.dll
  • SystemSurvey.exe - SystemSurvey
  • Battle.net.dll - Battle.net (Battle.net Client Library)
  • Battle.net-64.dll
  • dbghelp.dll (by Microsoft) - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • divxdecoder.dll
  • WowError.exe
  • Launcher.exe - Blizzard Launcher
  • msvcr80.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • Repair.exe - Blizzard Repair Utility
  • BackgroundDownloader.exe
  • Blizzard Updater.exe - Blizzard Updater
  • WowError-64.exe
  • BlizzardError.exe - BlizzardError
  • ijl15.dll (by Intel) - Intel® JPEG Library (Intel® JPEG Library - Retail Version)
  • unicows.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 95, Windows (R) 98, and Windows (R) Millennium Operating Systems (Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Win9x Systems (MSLU))
  • WoW-
  • WoW-
  • WoW-
  • wow-
  • WoW-

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

6 Scheduled Tasks
  • Repair.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F66BF63C-E12C-411A-B759-7707914ABACE}' (runs on registration).
  • Launcher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F0648D7A-927A-467D-9428-9DEE4F42445D}' (runs on registration).
  • World of Warcraft Launcher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{916FB9D8-98AF-4250-941F-DD04AA8AA1F7}' (runs on registration).
  • Wow.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E847EDAF-206E-4AFE-AF45-8419C48E8415}' (runs on registration).
  • MovieProxy.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{34514954-9D01-4F47-AC7C-3812997AE430}' (runs on registration).
  • BlizzardError.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E33D346F-57F8-4552-98FB-EB4311FAEE7C}' (runs on registration).
5 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • WoW-x.x.x.x- is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\World of Warcraft\WoW-x.x.x.x-'.
  • Launcher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Launcher.exe'.
  • BackgroundDownloader.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Games\World of Warcraft\BackgroundDownloader.exe'.
  • WoW-x.x.x.x- is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\WoW-x.x.x.x-'.
  • Repair.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Repair.exe'.
Network connections
  • Wow.exe connects to (port 3724).
  • Wow-64.exe connects to (port 3724).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:982.53 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0029728435%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00038905%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00258380%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,316,091,197
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:37.13 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:14.13 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.31 GB
Total CPU:0.0008472600%
Kernel CPU:0.00053058%
User CPU:0.00031668%

How do I remove World of Warcraft?

You can uninstall World of Warcraft 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 World of Warcraft, 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 World of Warcraft.

Win 10 47%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 48.92%
Windows 10 47.20%
Windows Vista 2.76%
Windows XP 1.10%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.28%
Windows 10 Home 17.57%
Windows 8.1 12.68%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.90%
Windows 10 Pro 6.94%
Windows 7 Professional 6.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.69% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.69%
  United Kingdom 4.83%
  Germany 4.28%
  Canada 3.90%
  France 3.72%
  Sweden 2.49%
  Australia 1.94%
  DK 1.94%
  Netherlands 1.64%
  Norway 1.41%
  Brazil 1.37%
  Italy 1.15%
  Spain 0.99%
  Belgium 0.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.26%
ASUS 16.89%
Dell 14.94%
Acer 14.88%
Lenovo 5.85%
Alienware 4.41%
Toshiba 3.99%
MSI 3.14%
Samsung 1.83%
Intel 0.81%
Medion 0.52%
Common models
ASUS All Series 13.88%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.44%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.25%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.58%
MSI MS-7821 2.13%
ASUSTeK G75VW 1.94%

About Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment is a video game developer & publisher that originally concentrated primarily on the creation of game ports for other studios before beginning development of their own program with the development of games like Rock n' Roll Racing & The Lost Vikings.
Publisher URL: us.blizzard.com


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