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Should I remove Free Media Player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,854
United States Rank #34,569
Reach 0.0243%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.68 days
462.65 days >
Average installed length: 243.09 days


2.0.7 100.00%

Free Media Player 2.0.7

What is Free Media Player?

Free Media Player uses the Somoto BetterInstaller download and install manager which is designed to co-bundle additional offers which include toolbars, web browser extensions as well as various potentially unwanted applications. It is essentially a custom compiled modified instller of the open source VLC media player but packed with ad-supported offers.


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 vlc.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 17 files and is usually about 65.45 MB (68,633,702 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Known to include offers within the setup
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Free Media Player.
npvlc.dll (0ca4180b21c6b728578f3b0433bb740e) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL VCS/Environment.DigitalFN
Bkav FE W32.HfsAutoB
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Dropped:Trojan.GenericKD.1581602
vlc.exe (070d17c132054eca9a3eebe848212981) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE W32.HfsAutoB.821b
McAfee-GW-Edition 2012.1 Heuristic.LooksLike.Win32.Suspicious.I
Free Media Player has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 65.45 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Free Media Player 2.0.7

Program executable:vlc.exe
Name:VLC media player
VLC media player 2.0.7
Path:C:\Program Files\videolan\vlc\vlc.exe
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 (by VideoLAN) - VLC media player (VLC media player 2.0.7)
  • libvlccore.dll (by VideoLAN)
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe
  • axvlc.dll - VLC Web Plugin (VLC media player (Activex Plugin))
  • npvlc.dll - VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.6
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • vlc.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'Play DVD movie_using_VLC media player' with the ProgID of 'VLC media player_autoplay_handler' and the action verb 'Play DVD movie_verb.
Google Chrome Plugin
  • npvlc.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npvlc.dll'.
2 Mozilla Plugins
  • npvlc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@videolan.org/vlc,version=2.2.8' with a plugin key of '@videolan.org/vlc,version=2.2.8' for all users of the PC.
  • axvlc.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@videolan.org/vlc,version=2.1.5' with a plugin key of '@videolan.org/vlc,version=2.1.5' for all users of the PC.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • vlc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AABFB5A2-5999-4ED6-BEA1-7D4B8539337F}' (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 VLC startup.
  • vlc.exe runs as a service named 'VLC media player' (VLC media player).
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: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

How do I remove Free Media Player?

You can uninstall Free 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Free Media Player 2.0.7, 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 Free Media Player.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Free Media Player 2.0.7 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.84%
Windows 10 24.63%
Windows XP 8.35%
Windows Vista 4.18%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.68%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.06%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.19%
Windows 7 Professional 7.35%
Windows 8.1 6.93%
Windows 8 3.36%

Distribution by countryGeography

9.21% of installs come from Israel
Which countries install it?
  Israel 9.21%
  Saudi Arabia 8.31%
  United States 7.19%
  Italy 6.97%
  Germany 4.72%
  MA 4.27%
  United Kingdom 3.82%
  Hungary 3.60%
  Czech Republic 2.47%
  IQ 2.47%
  Romania 2.47%
  Egypt 2.25%
  DK 2.02%
  Netherlands 2.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.94%
Dell 17.68%
Acer 16.08%
ASUS 9.97%
Toshiba 7.07%
Samsung 6.11%
Lenovo 2.89%
American Megatrends 1.61%
Medion 1.61%
Packard Bell 0.96%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.41%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.41%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.78%
HP ProBook 4530s 2.70%
Acer Aspire V3-771 2.16%

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