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Should I remove Plex Media Server?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,077
United States Rank #825
Reach 0.6410%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.02 days
413.63 days >
Average installed length: 217.33 days


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Plex Media Server

What is Plex Media Server?  (from Plex)

It's easy to watch movie files on a computer monitor. But, what happens when your collection starts to get large? How do you find the show you want to watch easily? How do you know you've watched an episode, or where you stopped it last night? How do you share the media files over several screens? What about content fr...  Read more


Plex Media Server is a software program developed by Plex. The most common release is, with over 12% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 plex media server.exe. The setup package generally installs about 94 files and is usually about 42.18 MB (44,224,264 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 62% of users of Plex Media Server come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.plexapp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\plex\plex media server\resources\plug-ins\media-flags.bundle\contents\resources\studio
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{15FE4745-FF95-4746-A817-70CD06AAE8B8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 42.18 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Plex Media Server

Program executable:plex media server.exe
Name:Plex Media Server
Path:C:\Program Files\plex\plex media server\plex media server.exe
Additional files:
  • avcodec-52.dll
  • avformat-52.dll
  • avutil-50.dll
  • freeimage.dll (by FreeImage) - FreeImage (FreeImage library)
  • libcurl.dll (by The cURL library, http://curl.haxx.se/) - The cURL library (libcurl Shared Library)
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • libexslt.dll
  • libiconv-2.dll (by Free Software Foundation) - libiconv: character set conversion library (LGPLed libiconv for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista and Windows 95/98/ME)
  • libxml2.dll
  • libxslt.dll
  • plex media scanner.exe - Plex Media Server (Plex Media Scanner)
  • plex media server.dll
  • plexscripthost.exe
  • cairo.dll
  • cflite.dll
  • icudt40.dll (by IBM and others) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • icuin40.dll (by IBM and others) - IBM ICU I18N DLL
  • icuuc40.dll - IBM ICU Common DLL
  • im_mod_rl_gif_.dll
  • im_mod_rl_jpeg_.dll
  • im_mod_rl_png_.dll
  • im_mod_rl_pnm_.dll
  • javascriptcore.dll
  • libpthread-2.dll (by Open Source Software community project) - POSIX Threads for Windows32 Library
  • plextranscoder.exe
  • python26.dll (by Python Software Foundation) - Python (Python Core)
  • soci_core-vc80-3_0.dll
  • soci_sqlite3-vc80-3_0.dll
  • sqlite3.dll
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • swscale-0.dll
  • tag.dll
  • winsparkle.dll (by winsparkle.org) - WinSparkle (WinSparkle updater)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • plexdlnaserver.exe - Plex Media Server DLNA Service
  • pthreadvc2.dll (by Open Source Software community project)
  • webkit.dll
  • librtmp.dll
  • mediainfo.dll (by MediaArea.net) - MediaInfo (Convenient unified display of the most relevant technical and tag data for video and audio files)
  • pthreadgc2.dll
  • plexnewtranscoder.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • plex media server.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3C28BCAC-575E-4A85-9B7D-513D280EF8B6}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • plex media server.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Plex Media Server' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Plex\Plex Media Server\Plex Media Server.exe".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • plexscripthost.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Plex\Plex Media Server\PlexScriptHost.exe'.
  • plexdlnaserver.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Plex\Plex Media Server\PlexDlnaServer.exe'.
  • plex media server.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Plex\Plex Media Server\Plex Media Server.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

plex media scanner.exe
Memory:27.56 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0041219865%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00299240%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00112958%
0.015104% average
plex media server.exe
Memory:45.64 MB
Total CPU:0.0002690481%
Kernel CPU:0.00021441%
User CPU:0.00005464%
Total CPU:0.0003385919%
Kernel CPU:0.00012624%
User CPU:0.00021235%

How do I remove Plex Media Server?

You can uninstall Plex Media Server 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 Plex Media Server, 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 Plex Media Server.

Win 10 53%
Win 8.1 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 52.98%
Windows 7 43.80%
Windows Vista 2.08%
Windows XP 1.11%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.01%
Windows 10 Home 15.52%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.52%
Windows 8.1 9.81%
Windows 10 Pro 9.70%
Windows 7 Professional 8.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.49%
  United Kingdom 6.49%
  Canada 4.41%
  Germany 2.71%
  Australia 2.51%
  France 2.47%
  Italy 2.18%
  Netherlands 2.03%
  Sweden 1.41%
  Spain 1.30%
  Brazil 0.97%
  Belgium 0.85%
  Norway 0.67%
  DK 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.84%
Dell 22.81%
Acer 14.21%
ASUS 12.05%
Lenovo 5.97%
Toshiba 4.84%
Samsung 3.53%
Intel 1.40%
MSI 1.00%
Alienware 0.75%
Medion 0.66%
Common models
ASUS All Series 13.95%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.26%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.25%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.96%
Dell XPS 8300 2.61%
Dell XPS 8700 2.30%


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