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What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
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United States Rank #3,314
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.10 days
386.31 days >
Average installed length: 202.98 days


2.1.4 100.00%

VLC media player 2.1.4

What is VLC media player?  (from VideoLAN Team)

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.


VLC media player 2.1.4 is a software program developed by VideoLAN Team. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. 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. The setup package generally installs about 24 files and is usually about 71.58 MB (75,060,028 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 28% of users of VLC media player come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.videolan.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 71.58 MB

Program filesFiles installed by VLC media player 2.1.4

Program executable:vlc.exe
Name:VLC media player
VLC media player 2.1.4
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 - VLC media player (VLC media player 2.1.3)
  • libvlccore.dll
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe - VLC media player 2.1.4
  • axvlc.dll - VLC Web Plugin (VLC media player (Activex Plugin))
  • npvlc.dll - VLC media player Web Plugin 2.2.0
  • libgcc_s_seh-1.dll
  • libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll
  • libstdc++-6.dll
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • vlc.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'VLCPlayBlurayOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'VLC.Bluray' and the action verb 'Open.
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=2.2.6' with a plugin key of '@videolan.org/vlc,version=2.2.6' 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.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • vlc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5F7250E4-EB2C-4875-8766-8A3561E70EAA}' (runs on registration).
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{ADECADBF-839E-4312-8357-FA4BBDA49790}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • vlc.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named open vlc.
  • 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'.

How do I remove VLC media player?

You can uninstall VLC 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 VLC media player 2.1.4, 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 media player.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by VLC media player 2.1.4 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.04%
Windows 10 43.37%
Windows Vista 0.56%
Windows XP 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.32%
Windows 8.1 17.05%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.92%
Windows 8.1 Pro 11.95%
Windows 7 Professional 11.59%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 2.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

28.12% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 28.12%
  Germany 22.24%
  France 5.78%
  United Kingdom 4.09%
  Italy 3.72%
  Canada 2.60%
  India 2.57%
  Austria 1.84%
  Netherlands 1.79%
  Australia 1.61%
  Poland 1.54%
  Finland 1.35%
  Belgium 1.18%
  Switzerland 1.06%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.23%
Acer 18.71%
Dell 16.84%
ASUS 13.36%
Lenovo 5.50%
Toshiba 4.83%
Samsung 3.86%
Medion 3.31%
MSI 1.24%
Intel 1.19%
Sony 0.85%
Common models
ASUS All Series 7.46%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.21%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.07%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.29%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.25%
Acer Aspire V3-771 2.18%

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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