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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,863
United States Rank #5,503
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.86 days
821.82 days >
Average installed length: 431.81 days


1.2.1b 100.00%

FLAC 1.2.1b

What is FLAC b?  (from Xiph.org)

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back co...  Read more


FLAC 1.2.1b is a software program developed by Xiph.org. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named flac.exe. The setup package generally installs about 27 files and is usually about 964.18 KB (987,320 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 39% of users of FLAC b come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: flac.sourceforge.net
Help link: flac.sourceforge.net/documentation.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\FLAC
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\FLAC\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 964.18 KB

Program filesFiles installed by FLAC 1.2.1b

Program executable:flac.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\FLAC\flac.exe
Additional files:
  • libmmd.dll (by Intel) - Intel(r) C Compiler, Intel(r) C++ Compiler, Intel(r) Fortran Compiler (Math Library for Intel(r) Compilers (thread-safe))
  • FLAC frontend.exe (by Speek) - FLAC frontend (Frontend for FLAC)
  • lame.exe (by http://lame.sf.net) - L.A.M.E. (MP3 Encoder.)
  • AudioTester.exe
  • in_flac.dll
  • lame_enc.dll
  • win2dos.exe
  • MSCOMCTL.OCX (by Microsoft) - MSCOMCTL (Windows Common Controls ActiveX Control DLL)
  • ADVPACK.DLL (by Microsoft) - ADVPACK
  • autoflac12.exe (by Jared Breland) - Package for AutoFLAC
  • comctl32.ocx - COMCTL
  • flac_mac.exe
  • flac_ren.exe
  • flac-1.2.1b.exe
  • FlacDrop.exe (by Drop Frontends) - FlacDrop
  • FLACTester.exe (by James Chapman) - FLACTester
  • iffscan.exe
  • libsndfile-1.dll
  • metaflac.exe
  • msvbvm60.dll - Visual Basic (Visual Basic Virtual Machine)
  • Multi frontend.exe (by Speek) - Multi frontend (Frontend for audio encoders)
  • Tag.exe
  • uninstall.exe
  • W95INF16.DLL - Microsoft® Plus! for Windows® 95 (WExtract 16bit Library)
  • W95INF32.DLL - W95INF32

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FLAC frontend.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{228A29D1-903F-4E64-B635-F5F68744533E}' (runs on registration).
  • flac.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{77299C06-82A8-47C8-AF25-82777AA0C989}' (runs on registration).
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • FLACTester.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FLAC\FLACTester.exe'.
  • FLAC frontend.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FLAC\FLAC frontend.exe'.

How do I remove FLAC b?

You can uninstall FLAC b 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program FLAC 1.2.1b (remove only), click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 FLAC b.

Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.27%
Windows 10 17.56%
Windows XP 9.67%
Windows Vista 5.36%
Windows Server 2003 0.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.84%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.16%
Windows 7 Professional 14.63%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.09%
Windows 10 Home 3.13%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.84%
  Germany 7.94%
  France 7.32%
  United Kingdom 5.90%
  Canada 3.70%
  Netherlands 3.66%
  Japan 3.58%
  Italy 3.12%
  Australia 1.95%
  Poland 1.62%
  Spain 1.58%
  Belgium 1.46%
  Sweden 1.16%
  Russia 1.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.65%
Hewlett-Packard 21.29%
Acer 12.58%
ASUS 11.92%
Toshiba 3.69%
Intel 3.41%
Lenovo 3.12%
American Megatrends 2.08%
Samsung 1.89%
NEC 0.85%
Medion 0.66%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.48%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.22%
ASUS All Series 4.66%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.59%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 2.33%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.33%


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