What is vdshell.dll?

Vdshell.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 vdshell.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Vdshell.dll file information

The process known as VDShell Module belongs to software VDShell Module or GameDrive by FarStone Technology (

Description: Vdshell.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Vdshell.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 86,016 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 90,112 bytes or 77,824 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Vdshell.dll is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with vdshell.dll, you can also uninstall GameDrive from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vdshell.dll. Therefore, you should check the vdshell.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

Not much could not find in google search which makes it suspect
It is Run in GameDrive or in conjuction with
Used in conjuction with Virtual Drive
  Vinx   (further information)
It's Virtual Drive's shell module, which is a CD backup tool and is similar to daemon tools, but it can also create virtual CD's, not only mount them.

Summary: Average user rating of vdshell.dll: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think vdshell.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks vdshell.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving vdshell issues

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