What is ffmpeg.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 ffmpeg.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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Ffmpeg.exe file information

The process known as Bigasoft Total Video Converter (version or ConvertHelper (version 2.2) or Vuze

belongs to software Pazera Free (version MP4 to AVI Converter) or Media Converter SA Edition or Uninstall or Videora iPod touch Converter or Videora iPod Converter or PSP Video (version 9) or DVD Flick or Bigasoft Total Video Converter

by Vuze or Bigasoft or DownloadHelper (

Description: Ffmpeg.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ffmpeg.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 10,454,528 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 4,293,120 bytes and 21 more variants. 
The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. The ffmpeg.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Pazera-software provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Pazera Free MP4 to AVI Converter or Media Converter SA Edition).

Recommended: Identify ffmpeg.exe related errors

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

Encoding Program for AVI to DVD
Freier Audio/Video Konverter
  stek   (further information)
It's a media converter
  Jake   (further information)
this is a AVI to DVD converter running
It's the File converter found in the Youtube Downloader application
its from a video converter
DVD Videosoft uses this,can't convert without it
DVD Coach avi to DVD converter, needed file if you are using software to burn or copy a DVD from AVI format, you will find this process running
It is the main process in converting media files. Completely harmless
File for PS3 video converter. Can eat up a lot of resources while running.
It's harmless to me, i have videora ipod converter
free program to covert videos into Ipod format, it's handy, but CPU hog. Good free program IMO
A program used to convert lots of types of file to iPod format.
it's from youtube converter, but what happens to me is it asks me whether i want to send error report because it stopped working properly if i click send error report or dont send my whole pc crashes :/
runs if streaming media to xbox360 slows computer down
Vuze uses this to transcode videos for PS3 playback
flatlines my cpu, process stops when YouTube Clip Extractor finishes its download
It is a safe file that requires no user imput. It is often used a internel process from a program tha is converting media.
Completely harmless. A DOS command-line-interface freeware video converter.
  Paul A. Charon  
i know its a video codec but i thought its a spyware or adaware if they attached into your downloaded file even it not necessary this ffmeg act like a codec but the real thing its a spyware
Air video server uses this aswell.
It is being used by vuze to convert video for xbox playback. keeping my processor at 100%!!
Harmless, useful and free video convertor IMO. It only hogs because video files are usually large.
it converts video into meg4's
Seems to be used by Motion Man video converter too. Uses up a lot of memory space and slows my pc. That is about all I know
FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video
Media convertor
Mine is active only when I am converting mp4 files to AVI
Seems to be included in Serviio
It is a nessisity for extension conversions. But there is a Trojan horse under the same name.
It takes up 79% CPU Usage. Not very good for your computer.
Eu analisei a fundo o ffmpeg.exe, trata-se de um conversor de vídeos baixados principalmente pelo youtube utilizando o software Vdownload.exe e afins. Pode-se existir risco se dentro dele tiver algum malicioso no entanto na maioria das vezes não é ameaça. Consome cerca de 70% da RAM quando em execução em conversores de vídeos, MP4 em grande parte. Relax Man. Right!
  DJ Alisson in Brazil  
It is also from ytd downloader (youtube downloader)
  Daniele Caruana  
Windows 10 pro. ffmpeg.exe runs in multiple instances and cause high CPU usage "System Explorer" found out that ffmpeg. exe is process that comes from program MY Music Recognition! You should uninstall it!!
media converter file
  Simon Thomsen  
It's a video converter used by many apps.
Media File Converter used in YouTube and Dailymotion downloaders and other conversion software from DVDVideoSoft.
  me1308   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ffmpeg.exe: based on 50 votes with 37 user comments. 20 users think ffmpeg.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 11 users think it's probably harmless. 14 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think ffmpeg.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade ffmpeg.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ffmpeg issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ffmpeg. 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 ffmpeg.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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