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What is shell32.dll?

Part of Système d’exploitation Microsoft® Windows® by Microsoft

(shell32.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does shell32.dll run?

Process - shell32.dll is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. shell32.dll is executed by the process svchost.exe (ระบบปฏิบัติการ Microsoft® Windows® by Microsoft).

How does shell32.dll start?

Shell open command - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of msstylesfile with and identifier of C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\WINDOWS\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Appearance /ActioC:OpenMSTheme /filC:"%1". A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.
Context menu handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of Open With. Windows Explorer displays a context menu for a file object when it is clicked with the right mouse button. This context menu allows various operations to be performed on the file object from within Explorer, like printing it or opening it with another program.
Search handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of ShellSearch. The Shell supports several search utilities that allow users to locate namespace objects such as files or printers. You can create a custom search engine and make it available to users by implementing and registering a search handler.
Autoplay handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of MSCDBurningOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSCDBurningOnArrival. Autoplay will scan removable media, when it arrives, looking for media content types (music, graphics, or video). When a removable media arrives, Windows determines what actions to perform by evaluating the content and comparing it to registered handlers for that content. An application will register a handler for Autoplay events associated with a media type.
Copy hook handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of FileSystem. Normally, users and applications can copy, move, delete, or rename folders with few restrictions. A program that implements a copy hook handler can control whether these operations take place. For instance, a copy hook handler can prevent critical folders from being renamed or deleted.
Internet Explorer web browser - shell32.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {0E5CBF21-D15F-11D0-8301-00AA005B4383}. An IE Web Browser application supplements some of Internet Explorer's user interface components for browsing by adding additional features that interact with the Internet Explorer Browser. This is accomplished by utilizing Internet Explorer's layout and rendering engine and extending it.
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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.6% of all Boost users have the shell32.dll process running.Of the 0.6% of shell32.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is shell32.dll?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00009% CPU905.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     1.9 MB RAM8.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 18 /min0.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         15 GDI objects10.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     3 context switches/sec3.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Single Language (6.2.9200.0)
Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: shell32.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Système d’exploitation Microsoft® Windows®
Description: DLL commune du shell Windows
Version: 6.2.9200.16451 (win8_gdr.121105-1502)
Product version: 6.2.9200.16451
Size: 18.87 MB
Original file name: SHELL32.DLL.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0006833742%
Privileged CPU: 0.0005928182%
User CPU: 0.00009055597195%
Privileged CPU time: 85.86 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 2 ms
CPU cycle count: 411,474,509
CPU cycle count /min: 5,433,053
Context switches /sec: 3
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 76.46 MB
Peak committed memory: 82.01 MB
Paged memory: 1.9 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.23 MB
Paged system memory: 152.58 KB
Non-paged system memory: 8.97 KB
Working set memory: 5.42 MB
Peak working set memory: 7.66 MB
Min working set memory: 4.56 MB
Private memory: 1.9 MB
Page faults: 3,379
Page faults /min: 39
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,878
Read operations /min: 18
Total read transfer: 60.5 KB
Read transfer /min: 964 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,164
Other operations /min: 28
Total other transfer: 13.82 KB
Other Transfer /min: 168 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 15
Peak GDI objects: 16
USER objects: 9
Peak USER objects: 12
Handle count average: 110
Thread count average: 3
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Commands
C:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHCreateLocalServerRunDll {9BA05972-F6A8-11CF-A442-00A0C90A8F39} -Embedding
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHCreateLocalServerRunDll {9BA05972-F6A8-11CF-A442-00A0C90A8F39} -Embedding
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,SHCreateLocalServerRunDll {3eef301f-b596-4c0b-bd92-013beafce793} -Embedding
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,SHCreateLocalServerRunDll {995C996E-D918-4a8c-A302-45719A6F4EA7} -Embedding

Shell open command details

Name: msstylesfile
Command: C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\WINDOWS\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Appearance /ActioC:OpenMSTheme /filC:"%1"

Context menu handler details

CLSID: {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}

Search handler details

Name: ShellSearch

Autoplay handler details

Name: MSCDBurningOnArrival
Command: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSCDBurningOnArrival

Copy hook handler details

Name: FileSystem

IE web browser details

CLSID: {0E5CBF21-D15F-11D0-8301-00AA005B4383}

Image hashes

MD5: 154553459809f791c7335075211ed81b
SHA-1: e9b37f4eb48e102068ced6641785c1b2687b86bd
SHA-256: e9418b657708a43efba769b6a3a09edc88ce680d0196f2e853f0fc7dde58d1f0

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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