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Should I remove VLC media player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,072
United States Rank #1,991
Reach 0.6433%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 24.36 days
718.49 days >
Average installed length: 377.51 days


VersionDistribution 0.43%
2.0.1 99.56%
1.0 0.01%

VLC media player 2.0.1

What is VLC media player?

VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats. VideoLAN is a project that develops software for playing video and other media formats across a local area network (LAN). It originally developed two programs for media streaming, VideoLAN Client (VLC) and VideoLAN Server (VLS), but most of the features of VLS have been incorporated into VLC, with the result renamed VLC media player.

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
Help link: www.videolan.org/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 64.83 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by VLC media player 2.0.1

Program executable:vlc.exe
Name:VLC media player
VLC media player 2.0.1
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 2.0.0-rc1)
  • libvlccore.dll
  • vlc-cache-gen.exe - VLC media player 2.0.1
  • axvlc.dll - VLC Web Plugin (VLC media player (Activex Plugin))
  • npvlc.dll - VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.0
  • 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=3.0.1' with a plugin key of '@videolan.org/vlc,version=3.0.1' 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.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • vlc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A204F134-5052-4A33-BF57-A9AE2A845D9C}' (runs on registration).
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{613565C6-1AF3-41A6-9B3C-3BACE15948B3}' (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 VLC startup.
  • vlc.exe runs as a service named 'VLC-Win7_Service' (VLC-Win7_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:90.59 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0306968905%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01973154%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01096535%
0.015104% average
70 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 2.0.1, 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 2.0.1 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.57%
Windows 10 9.98%
Windows XP 9.11%
Windows Vista 5.29%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.59%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.94%
Windows 7 Professional 13.42%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.03%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.97%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.17%

Distribution by countryGeography

27.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 27.22%
  Germany 8.35%
  France 5.87%
  India 5.76%
  Italy 4.60%
  United Kingdom 3.79%
  Canada 2.87%
  Australia 2.54%
  Netherlands 1.92%
  Spain 1.71%
  Belgium 1.60%
  Brazil 1.55%
  Iran 1.54%
  Israel 1.53%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.45%
Dell 21.04%
Acer 19.59%
ASUS 9.34%
Toshiba 6.11%
Samsung 4.61%
Lenovo 2.80%
Intel 1.68%
American Megatrends 1.06%
Sahara 1.03%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.12%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.66%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.12%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.83%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.44%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.37%

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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