What is DVDShell.dll?

DVDShell.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if DVDShell.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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DVDShell.dll file information

The process known as DVD Region-Free Shell Module or DVDIdle Pro Shell Module or DVD Region-Free Lite Shell Module or DVDIdle - Extend life of DVD-ROM (version 2-8 times!)

belongs to software DVD Region-Free - Watch and copy CSS encrypted DVDs from any region or DVDIdle Pro - Extend the lifetime of DVD drive! Watch and copy CSS encrypted DVDs from any region or DVD Region-Free - Watch & copy DVD from any region or DVD Region-Free - Watch all region DVDs on any DVD drive or DVD Region-Free Lite - Watch and copy CSS encrypted DVDs from any region or DVDShell Module or DVD Region+CSS Free

by Fengtao Software (

Description: DVDShell.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DVDShell.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 40,960 bytes. 
This is a special .dll file (Dynamic Link Library), which starts automatically when programs are launched. So it can monitor or manipulate all of your program starts. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The DVDShell.dll file is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It monitors program starts. DVDShell.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program DVD Region+CSS Free or DVDIdle Pro using Windows Control Panel
  2) search the support area on the Dvdidle website
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify DVDShell.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DVDShell.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DVDShell.dll 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

part of DVD copy software suite from
  Georg   (further information)
DVD Region-Free Shell Module (DVD Region CSS Free 5.02)
Outpost 3.5 constantly alerts that dvdshell.dll has been modified - happens even when DVDIdle has been shut down and NO DVD in drive.
even after uninstalling dvd idle, DVDShell.dll is still there. you can remove it by going to the control panel

Summary: Average user rating of DVDShell.dll: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks DVDShell.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade DVDShell.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving DVDShell issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DVDShell. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DVDShell.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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