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What is vlc.exe?

By the VideoLAN Team

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 the VideoLAN Team
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. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. vlc.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

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.


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About 0.3% of all Boost users have the vlc.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of vlc.exe users, 52.0% have disabled it.
How stable is vlc.exe?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is vlc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.07758% CPU775791.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
89.92 MB RAM417.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
680 /min30.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
74 GDI objects49.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
1,840 context switches/sec1840.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\videolan\vlc\vlc.exe

Are there other versions of vlc.exe?

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 this process.

What else is related?

vlc.exe Stability

vlc.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Crashing module: libvlc.dll
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Crashing module: libvlc.dll
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Crashing module: libvlc.dll
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: vlc.exe
Description: VLC media player
Version: 1.0.5
Size: 137.75 KB

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0908850394%
Privileged CPU: 0.0133058734%
User CPU: 0.07757916604440%
Privileged CPU time: 172504938.59 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 249,510 ms
CPU cycle count: 340,725,443
CPU cycle count /min: 241,818,833
Context switches /sec: 1,840
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 249.19 MB
Peak committed memory: 286.93 MB
Paged memory: 89.92 MB
Peak paged memory: 110.66 MB
Paged system memory: 268.15 KB
Non-paged system memory: 21.55 KB
Working set memory: 67.64 MB
Peak working set memory: 81.94 MB
Min working set memory: 60.64 MB
Private memory: 89.92 MB
Page faults: 76,783
Page faults /min: 398
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 52,840
Read operations /min: 135
Total read transfer: 549.85 MB
Read transfer /min: 2.59 MB
Total write operations: 35
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 658 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 4 Bytes
Total other operations: 13,691
Other operations /min: 41
Total other transfer: 970.85 KB
Other Transfer /min: 2.44 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 74
Peak GDI objects: 85
USER objects: 57
Peak USER objects: 69
Handle count average: 456
Thread count average: 21
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: High
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --started-from-file "C:\Letöltések 2\Bones 1 Évad Hun\Bones.s01e04.DVDRip.XviD.Hun.avi"
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --started-from-file "C:\Users\myk\Videos\movies\Jack Reacher 2012 CAM XviD-OCW (SilverTorrent)\Jack Reacher 2012 CAM XviD -OCW.avi"
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --started-from-file "C:\Adatok\The.Campaign.2012.DVDRip.XviD.HuN-MWT\mwt-the.campaign.avi"

Autoplay handler details

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

Image hashes

MD5: 2ddec3c34f4b5c3c7714f39bdf6c4cc6
SHA-1: 786fc48d27228b901ab019a78dbba96bca8fcb60
SHA-256: 5cf3589def8bafe57e1156c77adbc1d4493c781255fe55ca5407003572e4a8ae

PE image details

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