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What is rundll32.exe?

Part of Run a DLL as an App by Microsoft

(rundll32.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does rundll32.exe run?

Process - rundll32.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. rundll32.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does rundll32.exe start?

Autoplay handler - rundll32.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of MSPromptEachTime with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSPromptEachTime. 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 - rundll32.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {00E7B358-F65B-4dcf-83DF-CD026B94BFD4}. 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.
Scheduled task - rundll32.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\SpeedyPC Registration3.job'. 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.
Scheduled tasks startup - rundll32.exe is launched automatically when a user logs into Windows by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\EasyShare Registration RunOnce Task.job'. With Scheduled Tasks, any script, program, or document can be configured to run when a user logs into the PC. These tasks start every time that Windows is booted and runs in the background.
Run a DLL as an App is loaded by:

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the rundll32.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of rundll32.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is rundll32.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00016% CPU1561.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          4.13 MB RAM19.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
              16 GDI objects10.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe

Are there other versions of Run a DLL as an App?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Run a DLL as an App.

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: rundll32.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Run a DLL as an App
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
Product version: 5.1.2600.5512
Size: 34 KB
Original file name: RUNDLL.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0006350404%
Privileged CPU: 0.0004788830%
User CPU: 0.00015615748482%
Privileged CPU time: 46.88 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 50.8 MB
Peak committed memory: 70.52 MB
Paged memory: 4.13 MB
Peak paged memory: 17.4 MB
Paged system memory: 95.31 KB
Non-paged system memory: 2.73 KB
Working set memory: 5.14 MB
Peak working set memory: 8.38 MB
Min working set memory: 5.04 MB
Private memory: 4.13 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 16
USER objects: 7
Resources
Handle count average: 52
Thread count average: 1
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process

Autoplay handler details

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

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {00E7B358-F65B-4dcf-83DF-CD026B94BFD4}

Scheduled task details

Name: SparkTrust Registration3
Command: C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\SparkTrust Registration3.job

Scheduled tasks startup details

Name: C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\EasyShare Registration RunOnce Task.job

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: f118dd568838512d2dec06d8a84b3fcf
SHA-1: 25f8237921ef60f45f6db52e9865e54ce4e9c7f7
SHA-256: d61d6453001423dc93685b3a2a2695c7e09607bcf9db670788263d79a0c28193

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 5.64603
File packed: No
Import Table
gdi32.dll
imagehlp.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
user32.dll
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