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6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 1.69%
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shell32.dll

Windows Shell Common Dll by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove shell32.dll
Version:   6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952)
MD5:   06070d4cc64300d473c55abdc887b63c
SHA1:   6c50a55b713d1755fb5a7dc033d480061652b8bd
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.

What is shell32.dll?

The Windows common shell DLL files (such as Shell32) are operating system (OS) files that contain vital information about the OS and your PC's hardware configuration. The Windows shell is the main graphical user interface in Microsoft Windows, today hosted by Windows Explorer. The Windows shell includes well-known Windows components such as the Taskbar and the Start menu.

About shell32.dll (from Microsoft Corporation)

The Windows shell desktop is an array of icons, rendered behind all open windows and taking up the space left by the taskbar.

Overview

shell32.dll executes as a process with the local user's privileges. It configures an autoplay handler withing explorer.exe named MSCDBurningOnArrival that will launch the program automatically. The file is digitally signed by Microsoft Corporation. and is compiled as a 64 bit program.

DetailsDetails

File name:shell32.dll
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Windows Shell Common Dll
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll
Original name:SHELL32.DLL.MUI
File version:6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952)
Product version:6.3.9600.17031
Size:20.24 MB (21,225,584 bytes)
Build date:3/26/2014 8:18 PM
Certificate
Issued to:Microsoft Corporation
Authority (CA):Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Digital DNA
PE subsystem:Windows GUI
Entropy:6.247305
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
.NET CLR:No
More details

BehaviorsBehaviors

Shell open commands
  • themefile
  • msstylesfile
Context menu handlers
Located in '*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers'
  • CLSID: {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
  • Name: 'New'
  • CLSID: {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}
  • CLSID: {90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}
  • Name: 'Open With EncryptionMenu'
  • Name: 'Open With'
Search handlers
  • ShellSearch
Autoplay handlers
Runs under the registry key 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers'
  • Handler name 'MSCDBurningOnArrival'
Copy hook handlers
  • FileSystem
Approved shell extensions
Located in the registry at 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved'
  • 'Window TXT Preview Handler' with CLSID {1531d583-8375-4d3f-b5fb-d23bbd169f22}
  • 'Microsoft Windows RTF Preview Handler' with CLSID {a42c2ccb-67d3-46fa-abe6-7d2f3488c7a3}
  • 'Client application shell extension' with CLSID {25585dc7-4da0-438d-ad04-e42c8d2d64b9}
  • 'Control Panel' with CLSID {21ec2020-3aea-1069-a2dd-08002b30309d}
  • 'Programs Folder and Fast Items' with CLSID {865e5e76-ad83-4dca-a109-50dc2113ce9a}
  • '.cpl, .dll, .exe, .ocx, .rll or .sys files' with CLSID {66742402-F9B9-11D1-A202-0000F81FEDEE}
  • '.fon, .otf, .ttc or .ttf files' with CLSID {0AFCCBA6-BF90-4A4E-8482-0AC960981F5B}
  • 'Shortcut' with CLSID {00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
  • 'Layout Folder' with CLSID {328B0346-7EAF-4BBE-A479-7CB88A095F5B}
  • 'Command Folder' with CLSID {437ff9c0-a07f-4fa0-af80-84b6c6440a16}
  • 'Search Folders' with CLSID {b2952b16-0e07-4e5a-b993-58c52cb94cae}
  • 'Explorer Browser' with CLSID {71f96385-ddd6-48d3-a0c1-ae06e8b055fb}
  • 'Tree property value folder' with CLSID {708e1662-b832-42a8-bbe1-0a77121e3908}
  • 'Summary Info Thumbnail handler (DOCFILES)' with CLSID {9DBD2C50-62AD-11d0-B806-00C04FD706EC}
  • 'Alphabetical Categorizer' with CLSID {3c2654c6-7372-4f6b-b310-55d6128f49d2}
Internet Explorer web browsers
Located in the registry at 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser'
  • CLSID: {0E5CBF21-D15F-11D0-8301-00AA005B4383}

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Averages
 
CPU
Total CPU:0.00004076%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00003350%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00000726%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:9,375 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
Memory
Private memory:2.54 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):7.67 MB
Private (minimum):1.84 MB
Non-paged memory:2.54 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:87.95 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):89.98 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:2.5 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):7.7 MB
37.95 MB
Resource allocations
Threads:4
12
Handles:160
600

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:System
Platform:64-bit
Command line:"C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" shell32.dll,control_rundll mmsys.cpl
Owner:User

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 8.1 Pro 35.00%
Windows 8.1 28.00%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 15.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 5.00%
Windows 8.1 N 5.00%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 33.00% of Windows Shell Common Dll.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
ASUS 37.04%
Acer 20.37%
Dell 14.81%
Hewlett-Packard 13.89%
Lenovo 9.26%
Alienware 4.63%
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