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Should I remove VLC media player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #95
United States Rank #230
Reach 5.3879%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.01 days
295.27 days >
Average installed length: 155.14 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2.1.3 100.00%

VLC media player 2.1.3

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.
Overview
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.videolan.org
Help link: www.videolan.org/vlc
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 67.9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by VLC media player 2.1.3

Program executable:vlc.exe
Name:VLC media player
VLC media player 2.1.3
Path:C:\Program Files\videolan\vlc\vlc.exe
MD5:550005223c0eebfa602c37dcb5497abd
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:
  • emp.exe - VLC media player (VLC media player 2.0.1)
  • libvlc.dll - VLC media player 2.1.2
  • libvlccore.dll
  • vlc Backup1.exe - VLC media player 2.1.3
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe
  • axvlc.dll - VLC Web Plugin (VLC media player (Activex Plugin))
  • npvlc.dll - VLC media player Web Plugin 2.1.3
  • Xnpvlc.dll - VLC media player Web Plugin 2.1.0
  • dsound.dll (by Power Technology) - DFX (DirectSound)
  • winmm.dll (by Power Technology) - MCI API DLL
  • libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll
  • libstdc++-6.dll
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Autoplay Handlers
  • vlc.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'VLCPlayVideoFilesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'VLC.OPENFolder' and the action verb 'Open.
  • emp.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'VLCPlayVideoFilesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'VLC.OPENFolder' and the action verb 'Open.
2 Google Chrome Plugins
  • npvlc.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npvlc.dll'.
  • Xnpvlc.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npvlc.dll'.
3 Mozilla Plugins
  • npvlc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]/vlc,version=1.0.1' with a plugin key of [email protected]/vlc,version=1.0.1' for all users of the PC.
  • Xnpvlc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]/vlc,version=2.1.5' with a plugin key of [email protected]/vlc,version=2.1.5' for all users of the PC.
  • axvlc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]/vlc,version=2.1.5' with a plugin key of [email protected]/vlc,version=2.1.5' for all users of the PC.
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • vlc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4EBFBEF4-EF47-474A-8870-E5E2C2CCDB53}' (runs on registration).
  • emp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{476FF9DF-E77D-4D82-A0F0-FB29C0319D90}' (runs on registration).
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{ADECADBF-839E-4312-8357-FA4BBDA49790}' (runs on registration).
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{613565C6-1AF3-41A6-9B3C-3BACE15948B3}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • vlc.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Set Audio mode to Waveout.
2 Services
  • vlc.exe runs as a service named 'VLC media player' (VLC media player).
  • emp.exe runs as a service named 'VLC media player' (VLC media player).
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • vlc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe'.
  • emp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Easy Media Player\emp.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

vlc.exe
Memory:47.01 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.2294783875%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.13823103%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.09124735%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:333,989,690
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:3.33 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7 Bytes
105.02 KB average
emp.exe
Memory:90.59 MB
Total CPU:0.0306968905%
Kernel CPU:0.01973154%
User CPU:0.01096535%
Switches/sec:108

How do I remove VLC media player?

Quickly and completely remove VLC media player 2.1.3 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 2.1.3, 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by VLC media player 2.1.3 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 52%
0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.55%
Windows 8 34.20%
Windows XP 4.66%
Windows Vista 3.58%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.12%
Windows 8.1 14.72%
Windows 7 Professional 11.87%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.38%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.02%
  France 7.80%
  United Kingdom 5.31%
  Germany 5.00%
  Italy 4.36%
  India 3.69%
  Canada 3.63%
  Australia 2.69%
  Netherlands 2.41%
  Brazil 2.00%
  Belgium 1.64%
  MA 1.59%
  Sweden 1.40%
  Finland 1.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.11%
Dell 19.07%
Acer 18.03%
ASUS 13.33%
Toshiba 6.44%
GIGABYTE 5.77%
Samsung 4.62%
Lenovo 4.48%
Intel 1.35%
MSI 1.02%
American Megatrends 0.77%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.59%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.26%
ASUS All Series 5.96%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.64%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.95%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.31%

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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