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What is vlc.exe?

Part of VLC media player by VideoLAN

What is it?

VLC media player (VLC) is a highly portable free and open-source media player and streaming media server written by the VideoLAN project. VLC media player supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream over computer network and to transcode multimedia files.
Description of vlc.exe from VideoLAN
VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and OGG, as well as for DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It also can be used as a server for unicast or multicast streams in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
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How does vlc.exe run?

Process - vlc.exe is an instance of a running program.

How does vlc.exe start?

Autoplay handler - vlc.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of VLCPlayCDAudioOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\VLCPlayCDAudioOnArrival. 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.
Scheduled task - vlc.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\{27FFE8AB-2D92-43EE-ACD6-C01B3CCA8F96}'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the vlc.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of vlc.exe users, 41.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\videolan\vlc\vlc.exe

Are there other versions of VLC media player?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

About VideoLAN

A project and a non-profit organization, composed of volunteers developing and promoting free, open-source multimedia solutions. The VideoLAN project is a proje More...
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File details

File name: vlc.exe
Publisher: VideoLAN
Name: VLC media player
Description: VLC media player 2.0.3
Version: 2.1.3
Product version: 2,1,3,0
Size: 124.02 KB
Original file name: vlc.exe

Autoplay handler details

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

Scheduled task details

CLSID: {C332D368-7A85-4C00-8EA0-669CC82BFBC8}
Command: \{C332D368-7A85-4C00-8EA0-669CC82BFBC8}

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 550005223c0eebfa602c37dcb5497abd
SHA-1: c13de3fa7a37a382c5fb291f09f88f21b58e1638

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
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