What is CaptureLibService.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the CaptureLibService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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CaptureLibService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CaptureLibService
CaptureLibService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CaptureLibService belongs to software Freemake Video Downloader or Freemake YouTube To (version MP3 Boom) or Freemake Youtube (version Mp3 Converter) or FreemakeVideoCapture or Freemake Video Converter by Ellora Assets or Microsoft ( or Freemake (

Description: CaptureLibService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. CaptureLibService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 9,216 bytes (77% of all occurrences) or 8,704 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. CaptureLibService.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may want to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Freemake Video Downloader or Freemake Youtube Mp3 Converter)
  2) ask the developer, Freemake, for assistance
  3) verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify CaptureLibService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CaptureLibService.exe. Therefore, you should check the CaptureLibService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It comes with Freemake, but runs in the background all the time with or without the Freemake program opened. Even after a system restart.
  Anonymous   (further information)
My CPU reaches ~80% thanks to this process.
Has a major impact on maximum upload bandwidth
extremely slowed down my computer for an hour
Was running in the background and using 95% of my CPU and causing severe system lag (Intel i7 Quad Core w/ Hyperthreading @ 3.6GHz)
Freemake Video Downloader works with no obvious problems, when CaptureLibService.exe is killed from Task Manager, or deleted from its folder, on WinXP or Win7. Lack of further clarity makes it suspect in my mind. As it appears not essential then I believe it should be renamed or deleted. It would be good if Freemake authors were to clarify why this program runs even when Freemake Video Downloader has not been started.
if it freezes your computer goto freemake installation folder and delete it.. problem solved. it worked well for me
  eeepurushoth   (further information)
Causing serious system lag when running. I recommend to remove the file or affected program if discovered hyperactivity.
Part of freemake video downloader. Disable the service and the software still works.
Slowed my system hard, CPU usage at 100%. delete.
It tries to connect to the Internet. I blocked it with Zonealarm. Didn't see any repercussions.
Makes sense that it belongs to "Freemake Video Downloader" I shut down Freemake in my startups then this appeared in processes. Apparently it's important for the APP creators to have quick starting APPs
100% usage on my celeron G550 after sharing WI-fi conection the system wa frozen and needed reset may be a bug in app
Eats CPU like hell,yet doesn't seem to have any uses. Most likely some Dogecoin miner.
Caused 100% Processor usage for long periods of time. (i7 3610QM)
Just stop the program, delete the folder, and you shouldn't have to worry about it again.
Look at Mike's comment above. Very well stated. You can disable the service, or rename/delete "C:\Program Files (x86)\Freemake\CaptureLib\CaptureLibService.exe". THANKS for your great service!
  Fred VanOlphen  
It slows down my computer. Windows 10. Uses 100% CPU time on all my 8 cores. Have to stop the process

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CaptureLibService.exe: based on 22 votes with 18 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 4 users think CaptureLibService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade CaptureLibService.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving CaptureLibService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CaptureLibService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CaptureLibService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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