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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,685
United States Rank #3,863
Reach 0.2259%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.26 days
302.76 days >
Average installed length: 159.08 days


VersionDistribution 25.33% 9.01% 10.06% 2.81% 1.32% 2.85% 0.29% 25.65% 15.29% 1.73% 1.86% 0.34% 0.09% 0.13% 1.12% 2.11%

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Sony Home Network Library

What is Sony Home Network Library?

Sony Home Network Library is a program that supports sharing of Media and Media Plus files with other computers using the same network protocol.


Sony Home Network Library is a software program developed by Sony. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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. 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 SHS.exe. The setup package generally installs about 65 files and is usually about 32.96 MB (34,562,248 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 31% of users of Sony Home Network Library come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\SOHLib
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{D03D02D8-AB64-4785-A48E-5AA8B0FB8C14}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 32.96 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Sony Home Network Library

Program executable:SHS.exe
Name:DetailSe Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\SOHLib\SHS.exe
Additional files:
  • dbcore.dll - Sony HomeNetwork Database Access Library
  • sohdb.dll
  • SNS.exe - Sony HomeNetwork Library SNS Importer
  • SOHPCore.dll - SOHPCore Dynamic Link Library (VAIO Media plus Photo Core)
  • SOHVCore.dll - SOHVCore Dynamic Link Library
  • ThumbnailParser.exe - ThumbnailParser Application (ThumbnailParser Executor)
  • AllowedDevList.exe - Sony Home Network Library (Sharing Setting)
  • CollectSetting.exe - CollectSetting
  • FWElevationVersion.dll - Sony Home Network Library FWElevationVersion
  • FWToolsForSOHLib.dll - Sony Home Network Library FWToolsForSOHLib
  • SHS.exe - VAIO Media Detailed Settings
  • SHTtray.exe - SHTtray
  • SOHAVCtrl.dll - Sony Home Network Library SOHAVCtrl
  • SOHCIIF.dll - VAIO Media plus Content Import Helper
  • SOHCImp.exe - VAIO Media plus Content Importer
  • SOHCMgr.dll - VAIO Media plus Content Manager
  • SOHCMgrEx.dll - Sony Home Network Library Content ManagerEx
  • SOHDBSvr.exe - VAIO Media plus Database Manager
  • SOHDc.dll - Sony Home Network Library DTCP-IP Stream Manager Core
  • SOHDc2.dll
  • SOHDmc.dll - VAIO Media plus Digital Media Controller
  • SOHDmcPS.dll - VAIO Media plus Digital Media Controller Proxy/Stub
  • SOHDms.exe - VAIO Media plus Digital Media Server
  • SOHDs.exe - VAIO Media plus Device Searcher
  • SOHDsDll.dll - VAIO Media plus Device Searhcer Helper
  • SOHDtcpA.dll - VAIO Media plus DTCP-IP Activator
  • SOHDtcpB.dll - VAIO Media plus DTCP-IP Broadcast Server Activator
  • SOHDtcpM.exe - VAIO Media plus DTCP-IP Streaming Manager
  • SOHFWInfo.dll - Sony Home Network Library FireWall Information
  • SOHFWTools.dll - Sony Home Network Library FireWall Tools
  • SOHGpCs.dll - Sony Home Network Library Giga Pocket Digital Content Source
  • SOHGpCs2.dll
  • SOHGpPly.dll - Sony Home Network Library Giga Pocket Digital Player
  • SOHGpTc.dll - Sony Home Network Library Giga Pocket Digital Tuner Controller
  • SOHMPlay.dll - Music Player
  • SOHMSMgr.dll - VAIO Media plus DMS Content Manager
  • SOHNCI.dll - VAIO Media plus Network Importer
  • SOHObj.dll - VAIO Media plus Object Definition
  • SOHPCtrl.dll - VAIO Media plus Photo Controller
  • SOHPlMgr.exe - VAIO Media plus Playlist Manager
  • SOHPlyr.dll - VAIO Media plus Media Player Core
  • SOHPmb.dll - VAIO Media plus PMB Access Module
  • SOHPPlay.dll - VAIO Media plus Photo Player
  • SOHPVPly.dll - VAIO Media plus PV Player
  • SOHQFact.dll - VAIO Media plus Query Factory
  • SOHSSvr.dll - Sony Home Network Library Streaming Server
  • SOHSvcSetting.dll - Sony Home Network Library SOHSvcSetting
  • SOHUtil4PMH.dll - Sony Home Network Library SOHUtil4PMH
  • SOHVPlay.dll - VAIO Media plus Video Player
  • SonyMixerControlEx.dll - Sony Mixer Control Ex DLL (Sony Mixer Control Ex Module DLL)
  • VMpCustomSetting.dll - VMpCustomSetting DLL
  • VMpGetResDir.dll - VMpGetResDir
  • SonyMixerControl.dll - Sony Mixer Control DLL (Sony Mixer Control Module DLL)
  • CacheDataBase.dll - Cache Database (CacheDataBase DLL)
  • LocalImporter.dll - Local Importer (Local Importer DLL)
  • VCFwSOHPlugin.dll - VCFwSOHPlugin (VCFwSOHPlugin DLL)
  • SNSPlugin.dll - SNS Plugin
  • SpeakerBalance.dll - VAIO Media (VAIO Media Video)
  • panel.dll
  • SNSSDK.dll - SNS SDK

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • SHTtray.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SOHLib TaskTray.
  • SOHDms.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SOHLib SOHDms.
6 Services
  • SOHDs.exe runs as a service named 'VAIO Media plus Device Searcher' (SOHDs).
  • SOHCImp.exe runs as a service named 'VAIO Media plus Content Importer' (SOHCImp).
  • SOHPlMgr.exe runs as a service named 'VAIO Media plus Playlist Manager' (SOHPlMgr).
  • SOHDms.exe runs as a service named 'VAIO Media plus Digital Media Server' (SOHDms).
  • SOHDBSvr.exe runs as a service named 'VAIO Media plus Database Manager' (SOHDBSvr).
  • SOHDtcpM.exe runs as a service named 'VAIO Media plus DTCP-IP Streaming Manager' (SOHDtcpM).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SHTtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SHTtray.exe' which loads as C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\SOHLib\SHTtray.exe.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • SOHDs.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\SOHLib\SOHDs.exe'.
  • SOHDms.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\SOHLib\SOHDms.exe'.
  • SOHCImp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\SOHLib\SOHCImp.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.77 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0011020372%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00056169%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00054035%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:123,923
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:1.33 KB
435.61 KB average
Memory:3.85 MB
Total CPU:0.0003108571%
Kernel CPU:0.00014542%
User CPU:0.00016543%
CPU cycles/sec:76,530
I/O reads/min:93 Bytes
I/O writes/min:5 Bytes
Memory:7.28 MB
Total CPU:0.0003935788%
Kernel CPU:0.00022814%
User CPU:0.00016544%
CPU cycles/sec:71,279
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes

How do I remove Sony Home Network Library?

You can uninstall Sony Home Network Library 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 Sony Home Network Library, 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 Sony Home Network Library.

Win 7 (SP1) 79%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 86.91%
Windows 10 8.30%
Windows Vista 4.39%
Windows XP 0.40%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 72.21%
Windows 7 Professional 6.27%
Windows 10 Home 6.13%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.63%
Windows 7 Starter 3.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.82%
  United Kingdom 10.14%
  Germany 7.69%
  Italy 5.32%
  France 4.39%
  Canada 3.78%
  Japan 2.65%
  Brazil 2.57%
  Spain 2.51%
  Iran 2.51%
  Netherlands 2.06%
  Belgium 1.72%
  India 1.52%
  Mexico 1.30%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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