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Should I remove Rovi Player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,668
United States Rank #19,690
Reach 0.0043%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 288.49 days
900.92 days >
Average installed length: 473.37 days


VersionDistribution 52.38% 11.90% 9.52% 3.57% 20.24% 2.38%

Rovi Player


Rovi Player is a program developed by Rovi. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 programs's main executable is RNowSvc.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 2 MB of memory. The software installer includes 67 files and is usually about 7.19 MB (7,538,176 bytes). cnupdater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 83% of users of Rovi Player come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.rovicorp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Rovi\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{F7E621AF-7E78-4907-903B-EC404792876D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 7.19 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Rovi Player

Program executable:RNowSvc.exe
Name:Rovi Player
Windows Service App
Signed by:Rovi
Path:C:\Program Files\Rovi\Rovi Player\RNowSvc.exe
Additional files:
  • mvsource.dll - MVSource Dynamic Link Library
  • cinemastervideo.dll - Sonic HD Video Decoder (CinemasterVideo for MV)
  • sonichddemuxer.dll - Sonic HD Demuxer (Sonic HD Demuxer for MV)
  • mvlicenseclient.exe - RoxioNow Player (Media Vault License Client)
  • sonicimvplayer.dll - SonicIMVPlayer (Intel Media Vault Player)
  • cinemasteraudio.dll - SonicHDAudio (SonicHDAudio for MV)
  • cleanupcn.exe - Rovi Player (Cleanup Tool)
  • cndevsynch.dll - Synch To Device
  • cnlicense.dll - License Revocation Library
  • cnproghelper.dll - Sync To Device Helper
  • cnrpc.exe - Rovi RPC App
  • cnupdater.exe - Updater Tool
  • download.dll - Download Kernel
  • downloadmgr.dll - Download Manager
  • indivdrm.exe - Individualize DRM
  • ldc.dll - LegalDVDCopy
  • preloadedsvc.exe - Preloaded Service App
  • rnowcontrol.dll - Rovi Player ActiveX Control
  • rnowshell.exe
  • rnowsvc.exe - Windows Service App
  • rnowupdatecontrol.dll - Rovi Update Control
  • rnowutils.dll - Rovi Utils
  • roxioplugin.dll - Roxio Plugin
  • updatelauncher2.exe - Update Launcher
  • venuetray.exe - Venue Tray App

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • RNowSvc.exe runs as a service named 'RNow Service' (RNow Service).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • RNowShell.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RoxioNowMediaManagerApp' which loads as C:\Program Files\Rovi\Rovi Player\RNowShell.exe -start.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • RNowShell.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Rovi\Rovi Player\RNowShell.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004139687%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00034100%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00007296%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,776,359
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:12.17 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Rovi Player?

You can uninstall Rovi 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 Rovi Player, 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 Rovi Player.

Win 7 (SP1) 73%
Win XP 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.62%
Windows 10 13.10%
Windows Vista 11.90%
Windows XP 2.38%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 55.95%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.33%
Windows 7 Professional 8.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.33%
Windows 8.1 4.76%
Windows 10 Home 3.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

82.81% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 82.81%
  United Kingdom 16.41%
  Germany 0.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 37.88%
Hewlett-Packard 18.18%
Toshiba 10.61%
Acer 10.61%
ASUS 7.58%
Sony 6.06%
Lenovo 4.55%
Gateway 3.03%
Packard Bell 1.52%
Common models
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 3.70%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505 2.47%
MSI MS-7309 2.47%
Dell Inspiron 620 2.47%
Dell Inspiron 560 1.23%
Dell Inspiron 545s 1.23%


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