What is vidstub?

Vidstub.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if vidstub.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Vidstub.sys file information

The process known as BootScreen belongs to software BootSkin or BootScreen by unknown.

Description: Vidstub.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Vidstub.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,712 bytes (69% of all occurrences) or 163,456 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The vidstub.sys file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. vidstub.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramBootSkin.

Recommended: Identify vidstub.sys related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vidstub.sys. Therefore, you should check the vidstub.sys 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

works with Bootskin. A program to create your own excentric boot screen. (nice)
  Remco   (further information)
It's a user-installed application that changes your bootscreen. This is a Windows customization tool. It's not malicious.
Belongs to programm Bootskin by Stardock. Unloads itself after starting. Homepage see below.
  Flip   (further information)
This file crashes Vista on startup
  Chris Bangs  
It is part of bootskin by stardock. Caused XP to not boot in any mode on my computer...
Very often this file occur BSOD while loading Windows... You shouldnt use BootSkin...
it gave me a BSOD on startup on XP until i deleted it
Crashed my 32bit Vista, now I am stuck trying to fix it.
Bootscreen by Stardock
  Dan   (further information)
This driver file is part of BootSkin from Stardock software. It is not a threat. This free software allows WinXP users to change the bootscreen at starting. It is know to sometime crashe when using with Vista and doesn't works for 7 or higher OS.
  MoiMême   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of vidstub.sys: based on 18 votes with 12 user comments. 7 users think vidstub.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. One user thinks vidstub.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving vidstub issues

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