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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, 48.0% 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.
0.00851% CPU85119.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
38.52 MB RAM178.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     90 /min4.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
111 GDI objects74.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
1,240 context switches/sec1240.0%
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 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: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 3 months ago
2.  
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred on: October 9, 2013
3.  
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)

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) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate N (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Basic (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
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: 2.0.3
Product version: 2,0,3,0
Size: 106 KB
Original file name: vlc.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0123920760%
Privileged CPU: 0.0038800880%
User CPU: 0.00851198797663%
Privileged CPU time: 30911.05 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 11 ms
CPU cycle count: 669,165,301
CPU cycle count /min: 835,804,610
Context switches /sec: 1,240
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 198.41 MB
Peak committed memory: 248.03 MB
Paged memory: 38.52 MB
Peak paged memory: 81.1 MB
Paged system memory: 229.8 KB
Non-paged system memory: 17.85 KB
Working set memory: 31.32 MB
Peak working set memory: 63.78 MB
Min working set memory: 25.2 MB
Private memory: 38.52 MB
Page faults: 75,459
Page faults /min: 153
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 70,600
Read operations /min: 16
Total read transfer: 266.97 MB
Read transfer /min: 95.59 KB
Total write operations: 64
Write operations /min: 2
Total write transfer: 253.13 KB
Write transfer /min: 5.04 KB
Total other operations: 11,953
Other operations /min: 25
Total other transfer: 919.76 KB
Other Transfer /min: 1.4 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 111
Peak GDI objects: 121
USER objects: 61
Peak USER objects: 74
Resources
Handle count average: 395
Thread count average: 13
Thread resource averages
msvcrt.dll
dsound.dll
wow64.dll
msvcrt.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe"
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --started-from-file "C:\Downloads\TV\Homeland.S02E05.HDTV.x264-ASAP.mp4"
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe"

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: 0c968e011268429c1d218169233c06f7
SHA-1: ca2b972258cd90345fa01b39b62308e50d961310
SHA-256: e0274225271b8d2e2644fc5318e9d98a264b73d5ffd629cfcae866a93651717c

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
kernel32.dll
libvlc.dll
msvcrt.dll
psapi.dll
shell32.dll
user32.dll
wininet.dll
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