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What is shimgvw.dll?

Part of Windows Picture and Fax Viewer by Microsoft

What is it?

An image or picture is a photograph, line drawing, or text document converted to digitized form, usually by a scanning device such as a digital camera, fax machine, or scanner. You can download your images from the device and save them in a folder. After downloading pictures to your computer, you can view them as a slideshow or view them using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
Description of shimgvw.dll from Microsoft
Use Windows Picture and Fax Viewer to work with your images without having to open an image editing application. If you store your picture files in the My Pictures folder, you see the preview window automatically. Double-click an image to preview that image in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, where you can: Scroll through the images in the folder. Increase or decrease the image preview size. View the image in full size or as the best fit for your window. Manage image files and print, save, delete
(shimgvw.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is shimgvw.dll loaded?

Shell open command - shimgvw.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of giffile with and identifier of rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %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.
Autoplay handler - shimgvw.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of MSPrintPicturesOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSPrintPicturesOnArrival. 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.
Approved shell extension - shimgvw.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {e84fda7c-1d6a-45f6-b725-cb260c236066} with and identifier of Shell Image Verbs. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is loaded by:


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the shimgvw.dll file.Of the 0.2% of shimgvw.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Windows Picture and Fax Viewer?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: shimgvw.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.00.2900.6072 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.110121-1719)
Product version: 6.00.2900.6072
Size: 428.5 KB
Original file name: shimgvw.dll
Windows file protection: Yes

Shell open command details

Name: pngfile
Command: rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1

Autoplay handler details

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

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {eb9b1153-3b57-4e68-959a-a3266bc3d7fe}
Command: Shell Image Property Handler

Image hashes

MD5: 6df4aea3f4eb51bfbafb888b63b6a3ea
SHA-1: 24d6d923fc2ad24bd736f66e615dc37e9a85ccd3

PE image details

File entropy: 6.18193
File packed: No
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