How to remove the msvidc32.dll malware

The msvidc32.dll file is a software component of Microsoft Windows by Microsoft.
Msvidc32.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is part of the Windows operating system. This file is one of the standard codecs (compression-decompression algorithms needed to playback certain media files) bundled with the Windows operating system. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Microsoft Windows operating system exhibits a graphical user interface which made its first appearance in 1985. It was developed as an easier way for users to operate their machines. All operating systems function as an interface between machine level language and user level software applications. Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, is the world's largest software maker with respect to revenue. Microsoft is best known for Windows. The company quickly rose to fame and fortune following the success of its 1986 public share offering turning three people into billionaires and an estimated 12,000 Microsoft employees into millionaires.

MsVidc32 stands for Microsoft Video codec (32-bit)

Most antivirus programs classify msvidc32.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example Downloader (detected by Symantec), and Possible_Virus (detected by TrendMicro). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated msvidc32.dll software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about msvidc32.dll and how to get rid of it.

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Msvidc32.dll file information

The process appears to belong to software unknown by Adobe (

Description: Msvidc32.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msvidc32.dll is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 225,792 bytes (87% of all occurrences) or 227,328 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include EEBA7DF1-A821-469A-BD31-206AD73CFA9B or 853D915E-40FF-4125-996E-89DD934B2060 or CAD36397-AF2B-4F5D-9172-1D3874222A23 or E9601C0B-FA98-4E6D-A015-AE5B43F47962. There is no file information. Msvidc32.dll is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. Msvidc32.dll is not a Windows system file. msvidc32.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the msvidc32.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If msvidc32.dll has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving msvidc32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active msvidc32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the msvidc32.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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