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Should I remove VLC media player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #16,430
United States Rank #29,551
Reach 0.0157%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.44 days
219.45 days >
Average installed length: 115.31 days


1.1.1 100.00%

VLC media player 1.1.1

What is VLC media player?

VLC media player (also known as VLC) is a highly portable free and open-source cross-platform 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 DVD-video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream over computer network and to transcode multimedia files. The default distribution of VLC includes a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries, avoiding the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plugins. Many of VLC's codecs are provided by the libavcodec library from the FFmpeg project, but it uses mainly its own muxer and demuxers and its own protocols.

About  (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.
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service

Program detailsProgram details

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

Program filesFiles installed by VLC media player 1.1.1

Program executable:vlc.exe
Name:VLC media player
Path:C:\Program Files\videolan\vlc\vlc.exe
Additional files:
  • libvlc.dll - VLC media player (VLC media player 2.1.3)
  • libvlccore.dll
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe
  • axvlc.dll - VLC Web Plugin (VLC media player (Activex Plugin))
  • npvlc.dll - VLC media player Web Plugin 2.1.3

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • vlc.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'VideoLANMedia' with the ProgID of 'VideoLAN.Autorun' and the action verb 'playmedia.
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=2.1.0-git-20120214-0833' with a plugin key of '@videolan.org/vlc,version=2.1.0-git-20120214-0833' 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 '{6D49913B-3CCE-4B5E-8B7F-23DA0CF34813}' (runs on registration).
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E6C68CE6-F991-45B7-81F3-7587DA009AA5}' (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 Service' (VLC Service).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • vlc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:47.01 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.2294783875%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.13823103%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.09124735%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:333,989,690
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:3.33 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7 Bytes
105.02 KB average

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 1.1.1, 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 1.1.1 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.10%
Windows 10 14.52%
Windows XP 11.29%
Windows Vista 6.77%
Windows Server 2003 0.32%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.04%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.41%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.07%
Windows 7 Professional 9.77%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.89%
Windows 8.1 3.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

15.06% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 15.06%
  France 12.82%
  India 9.62%
  Germany 7.37%
  Italy 4.81%
  United Kingdom 4.81%
  IQ 4.17%
  Iran 3.85%
  Canada 3.85%
  Australia 2.24%
  YE 1.92%
  MA 1.60%
  DZ 1.60%
  Greece 1.60%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.63%
Hewlett-Packard 25.13%
Acer 18.09%
Toshiba 8.04%
ASUS 6.53%
Lenovo 4.02%
Sahara 2.01%
Intel 2.01%
Samsung 1.51%
Sony 1.01%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.38%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.65%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.92%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 2.19%
Dell Inspiron 3542 2.19%
Dell Vostro 270s 2.19%

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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