What is vlc.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 vlc.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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Vlc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vlc
Vlc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VLC media player (version 2.1.5, 2.0.5, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.1.4, 2.1.1) belongs to software VLC media player or VideoLAN VLC media player by the VideoLAN Team ( or VideoLAN or VideoLAN Team (

Description: Vlc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vlc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 137,152 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 108,544 bytes and 19 more variants. 
Vlc.exe is not a Windows core file. Vlc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can use the software publisher's support site or uninstall VLC media player or VideoLAN VLC media player from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify vlc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vlc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Mal/EncPk-RP (detected by Sophos), and Trojan.Generic.4856565 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the vlc.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

VLC Media Player
  J   (further information)
vlc ist ein Open-Source Media Player
  Thorsten Speil  
vlc.exe is a process associated with VLC Media Player from VideoLAN Project.
when i open vlc,it shows a dialogue box ,showing "the system dll user32 was reallocated in memory"dis message showing whin i open the vlc.
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Summary: Average user rating of vlc.exe: based on 10 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think vlc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving vlc issues

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