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Should I remove VLC Media Player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,190
United States Rank #1,716
Reach 0.8211%
Installation trends (last 30 days)


3.0.0-git-20140726-0402 0.06%
3.0.0-git-20140726-0002 0.02%
3.0.0-git-20140722-0002 0.02%
3.0.0-git-20140721-0002 0.02%
3.0.0-git-20140716-0002 0.02%
3.0.0-git-20140712-0159 0.02%
3.0.0-git-20140707-0002 0.04%
3.0.0-git-20140705-0948 0.02%
3.0.0-git-20140628-1553 0.02%
3.0.0-git 0.08%
2.2.0-git-20140610-0029 0.08%
2.2.0-git-20140607-0015 0.04%
2.2.0-git-20140604-0019 0.13%
2.2.0-git-20140523-0403 0.04%
2.2.0-git-20140518-0019 0.02%
2.2.0-git-20140517-0021 0.02%
2.2.0-git-20140513-0019 0.02%
2.1.5 98.11% 0.02%
2.1.3 0.06%
2.1.2 0.02%
2.0.8 0.02% 0.02%
2.0.6 0.02%
2.0.4 0.06%
1.1.7 0.02%
1.1.5 0.02%
1.1.11 0.94%
1.1.10 0.04%
1.0.3 0.02%

VLC Media Player

What is VLC Media Player?

VLC media player (also known as VLC) is a highly portable free and open-source cross-platform 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. The default distribution of VLC includes a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries, avoiding the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plugins. Many of VLC's codecs are provided by the libavcodec library from the FFmpeg project, but it uses mainly its own muxer and demuxers and its own protocols.

About  (from VideoLAN Team)

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
  • Starts automatically
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Adds a Windows Service

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.videolan.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\uninstall.exe" "/C:C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\Uninstall\uninstall.xml"
Estimated size: 80.11 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by VLC Media Player

Program executable:vlc.exe
Name:VLC media player
VLC media player 2.1.5
Path:C:\Program Files\vlc media player\vlc.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
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...
Additional files:
  • libvlc.dll - VLC media player (VLC media player 2.0.2)
  • libvlccore.dll
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe - VLC media player 2.0.4
  • axvlc.dll - VLC Web Plugin (VLC media player (Activex Plugin))
  • npvlc.dll - VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.2
  • libvlc_IObitDel.dll - VLC media player 2.1.2
  • libvlccore_IObitDel.dll
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • vlc.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'VLCPlayVideoFilesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'VLC.OPENFolder' and the action verb 'Open.
Google Chrome Plugin
  • npvlc.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npvlc.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npvlc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@videolan.org/vlc,version=3.0.0-git-20140707-0002' with a plugin key of '@videolan.org/vlc,version=3.0.0-git-20140707-0002' for all users of the PC.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • vlc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0318D735-AFA5-4FAE-95A0-0293F095BDAB}' (runs on registration).
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E6C68CE6-F991-45B7-81F3-7587DA009AA5}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • vlc.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VLC startup.
  • vlc.exe runs as a service named 'VLC Service' (VLC Service).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • vlc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:69.74 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0011997961%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00052069%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00067911%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,341,625
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.76 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:571 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove VLC Media Player?

Quickly and completely remove VLC Media Player from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall VLC Media Player from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program VLC Media Player, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove VLC Media Player.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by VLC Media Player you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Mozilla Firefox
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Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.91%
Windows 8 38.86%
Windows XP 4.28%
Windows Vista 3.87%
Windows Server 2003 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.44%
Windows 8.1 16.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.64%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.55%
Windows 7 Professional 10.11%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

33.76% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 33.76%
  United Kingdom 6.12%
  France 5.94%
  Italy 5.31%
  Germany 5.20%
  India 3.80%
  Canada 3.52%
  Australia 3.08%
  Netherlands 2.32%
  Spain 1.63%
  Brazil 1.55%
  Belgium 1.38%
  Saudi Arabia 1.14%
  Sweden 1.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.66%
Acer 17.68%
Dell 17.38%
ASUS 13.98%
Toshiba 6.92%
Lenovo 4.97%
Samsung 3.61%
Intel 1.27%
MSI 1.03%
American Megatrends 0.79%
Alienware 0.58%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.18%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.62%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.50%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.86%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.22%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.48%

About VideoLAN Team

The VideoLAN project is a project, lead and composed by a team of volunteers, that believes in the power of open source when dealing with multimedia.
Publisher URL: www.videolan.org


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