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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. 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.
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.

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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, 52.0% have disabled it.
How stable is VLC media player?
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.
     vlc.exe0.03%
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is vlc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.03379% CPU337907.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
28.2 MB RAM131.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
18,105 /min803.6%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
124 GDI objects82.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\videolan\vlc\vlc.exe

Are there other versions of VLC media player?

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 VLC media player.

What else is related?

VLC media player Stability

vlc.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
1.  
Error: A cess de fonctionner et a t ferm (AppHangB1)
Details: Un probl�me a provoqu� l arr�t de l interaction de ce programme avec Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)

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: 2.0.0
Product version: 2,0,0,0
Size: 106 KB
Original file name: vlc.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0399449944%
Privileged CPU: 0.0061542324%
User CPU: 0.03379076199391%
Privileged CPU time: 970856.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 19,086 ms
CPU cycle count: 199,092,534
CPU cycle count /min: 982,731,817
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 151.2 MB
Peak committed memory: 236.84 MB
Paged memory: 28.2 MB
Peak paged memory: 85.72 MB
Paged system memory: 225.14 KB
Non-paged system memory: 10.64 KB
Working set memory: 33.9 MB
Peak working set memory: 69 MB
Min working set memory: 33.9 MB
Private memory: 28.2 MB
Page faults: 84,037
Page faults /min: 1,652
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 184,129
Read operations /min: 3,620
Total read transfer: 1.19 GB
Read transfer /min: 23.88 MB
Total write operations: 1
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 116 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 2 Bytes
Total other operations: 46,064
Other operations /min: 906
Total other transfer: 3.71 MB
Other Transfer /min: 74.69 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 124
USER objects: 68
Resources
Handle count average: 404
Thread count average: 7
Thread resource averages
msvcrt.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --started-from-file "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\uTorrent\[ www.Torrenting.com ] - The.Avengers.2012.DVDRip.XviD-NYDIC\The.Avengers.2012.DVDRip.XviD-NYDIC.avi"

Autoplay handler details

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

Scheduled task details

CLSID: {B622746B-45AA-400B-980E-E3BDFFB86584}
Command: \{B622746B-45AA-400B-980E-E3BDFFB86584}

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: bcad4872c35a10ade58e879664ebdfd1
SHA-1: 0fe3b600d8ee27e95acbc1e58555cec5544a8ef4
SHA-256: aa5b7c885fd7e13604403231e171f3a0eae795eb7a87a54fdef143d76e417bf7

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
Import Table
kernel32.dll
libvlc.dll
msvcrt.dll
psapi.dll
shell32.dll
user32.dll
wininet.dll
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