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Should I remove VLC Setup Helper?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,679
United States Rank #8,897
Reach 0.0536%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.83 days
437.56 days >
Average installed length: 229.91 days

VLC Setup Helper

What is VLC Setup Helper?  (from VideoLAN Team)

It only takes a few steps to set up VLC to work with the VLC remote. The setup helper will help VLC Remote to connect to VLC. If you use the default firewall on your system, then the helper will configure that correctly. If you use your own firewall application, then you'll need to make sure it allows VLC to communicat...  Read more


VLC Setup Helper is a software program developed by VideoLAN Team. 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 Setup Helper.exe. The setup package generally installs about 16 files and is usually about 4.33 MB (4,542,058 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 37% of users of VLC Setup Helper come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.videolan.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hobbyist Software\VLC Setup Helper\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Hobbyist Software\VLC Setup Helper\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 4.33 MB

Program filesFiles installed by VLC Setup Helper

Program executable:VLC Setup Helper.exe
Name:VLC Setup Helper
Path:C:\Program Files\Hobbyist Software\VLC Setup Helper\VLC Setup Helper.exe
Additional files:
  • VLC Setup Helper Core.dll (by Hobbyist Software) - Watchover Configuration (VLC Setup Helper Core)
  • VLC Setup Helper.exe (by Hobbyist Software) - VLC Setup Helper
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • VLC Setup Helper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{87A79F5D-7831-49AB-8C44-573548B79C60}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • VLC Setup Helper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Hobbyist Software\VLC Setup Helper\VLC Setup Helper.exe'.

How do I remove VLC Setup Helper?

You can uninstall VLC Setup Helper 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 VLC Setup Helper, 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 VLC Setup Helper.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.37%
Windows 10 28.57%
Windows Vista 3.69%
Windows XP 2.37%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.57%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.48%
Windows 7 Professional 11.62%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.19%
Windows 8.1 6.10%
Windows 8 Pro 3.05%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.31% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.31%
  France 7.02%
  Germany 4.99%
  United Kingdom 4.74%
  Canada 4.40%
  Australia 4.15%
  Netherlands 3.05%
  Italy 2.96%
  Sweden 2.88%
  Belgium 1.95%
  Israel 1.52%
  Spain 1.35%
  India 1.27%
  Mexico 1.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.64%
Dell 18.52%
Acer 17.07%
ASUS 14.81%
Toshiba 5.31%
Lenovo 3.22%
Samsung 3.22%
Intel 1.77%
Alienware 0.97%
MSI 0.64%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.99%
ASUS All Series 5.59%
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R 2.45%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.45%
ASUSTeK K55VD 2.10%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.10%

About VideoLAN Team

The VideoLAN project is a project, lead and composed by a team of volunteers, that believes in the power of open source when dealing with multimedia.
Publisher URL: www.videolan.org


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