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.
The process known as VLC media player (version 2.0.5, 2.0.1, 2.1.5, 2.0.2, 2.1.4, 2.1.1) belongs to software VLC media player or VideoLAN VLC media player by the VideoLAN Team (www.videolan.org) or VideoLAN or VideoLAN Team (www.videolan.org).
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 108,544 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 108,032 bytes and 18 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.
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If vlc.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 71% dangerous. The file size is 233,984 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 233,472 bytes, 232,960 bytes, 253,440 bytes or 244,736 bytes. There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The vlc.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Vlc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If vlc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 18% dangerous. The file size is 141,061 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The vlc.exe file is not a Windows system file.
If vlc.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 106,648 bytes.
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.
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 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 vlc.exe 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.