6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 4.31%
6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 0.72%
6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 0.01%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 1.51%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.01%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 1.01%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.21%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.21%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.01%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.21%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.41%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.01%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.66%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 4.45%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 0.37%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 0.73%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 48.27%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 6.96%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 19.01%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.81%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 5.43%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.41%
6.00.2900.6242 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.120608-1638) 0.67%
6.00.2900.6072 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.110121-1719) 0.01%
6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.01%
6.00.2900.3402 (xpsp_sp2_qfe.080702-1240) 0.01%
6.00.2900.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) 0.01%
6.0.6001.18000 (longhorn_rtm.080118-1840) 0.93%
6.0.6001.18000 (longhorn_rtm.080118-1840) 0.01%
6.0.6001.18000 (longhorn_rtm.080118-1840) 1.21%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.01%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 1.39%



Windows Shell Common Dll by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove shell32.dll
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.


shell32.dll has 32 known versions, the most recent one is 6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952). It adds a context menu to the Window's shell named Open With. The average file size is about 14.5 MB. It is an authenticode code-signed executable issued to Microsoft Corporation by the certification authority Microsoft Corporation. The programs Webplayer, Grand Theft Auto V and Total Commander 64-bit (Remove or Repair) have been observed as installing specific variations of shell32.dll.

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.


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
Issued to:Microsoft Corporation
Authority (CA):Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ResourcesPrograms installed in

(Note, the programs listed below are for all versions of Windows Shell Common Dll.)
Conduit Ltd.
  80% remove
Webplayer Toolbar is a 'Community Toolbar' from Conduit, that plugs into the various web browsers such as IE, Chrome and Firefox. The toolbar is an advertising-supported program that is designed to di...
Ghisler Software GmbH
1% remove
Total Commander is an Orthodox File Manager (OFM) for Windows that features include a built-in FTP client, tabbed interface, file compare, archive file navigation, and a versatile multi-rename tool wi...
  62% remove
Webplayer is an adware program that integrates into the user's web browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox) and will perform a number of functions mostly designed to generate advertising supported or affiliate...
Rockstar Games
1% remove


(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of shell32.dll, select a unique version for details.)
Internet Explorer web browsers
Located in the registry at 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser'
  • CLSID: {0E5CBF21-D15F-11D0-8301-00AA005B4383}
Internet Explorer bars
  • CLSID: {C4EE31F3-4768-11D2-BE5C-00A0C9A83DA1}
Shell execute hooks
  • {AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972}
Shell service object delay loads
  • CDBurn
  • PostBootReminder
Shell open commands
  • themefile
  • msstylesfile
  • text/webviewhtml
Context menu handlers
Located in '*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers'
  • Name: 'New'
  • CLSID: {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}
  • Name: 'Open With EncryptionMenu'
  • Name: 'Open With'
Copy hook handlers
  • FileSystem
Safe for scripting controls
Marked as a safe ActiveX control for Internet Explorer (digitally signed with script execution permission)
  • Implemented as 'CLSID\{72267F6A-A6F9-11D0-BC94-00C04FB67863}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}'
  • Implemented as 'CLSID\{1820FED0-473E-11D0-A96C-00C04FD705A2}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}'
Safe for initializing controls
  • {72267F6A-A6F9-11D0-BC94-00C04FB67863}
  • {1820FED0-473E-11D0-A96C-00C04FD705A2}

VersionsAll file variations of shell32.dll

MD5SHA-1File size
ae7d8835a29fadb39c0d095ba32a9462 984accd10a37edb94415e366e1134734adedf65b 20.28 MB
06070d4cc64300d473c55abdc887b63c 6c50a55b713d1755fb5a7dc033d480061652b8bd 20.24 MB
411550ce9952b9b30c5a82cddad623c0 18d8f90320b5652fe5a389b852d623123006a50e 20.25 MB
417d7f4cfa25d440f292bf0004a8c003 26d3960fe06902c7ee4834c41463a7f4f81476de 20.21 MB
62555a43376c9f5e79829969767ba922 bb477c11bcd3d2582f7f89a64370857a6ea55394 17.78 MB
4115e21b08d3e9e824742c70d28af578 f861f7a1efae7e3bec97dcc0b281426dbd7db5ac 20.21 MB
5f9799975eab95431bf78428b26b4ff6 b7059b36c31148a96f34633cde2d94653835ec16 20.21 MB
ff73b88ba206966bd228320f664d4d92 625c6751e18cfd394281cd218d10c5b550c0b2fb 20.22 MB
3104fcde0470e5d89c9991fc0edde57e c885828c5eb6b3b562f78e4c7b6abcfbde4f7ff7 17.78 MB
ad8c705077689862fc864f94987015ec 691a1fb832988735cda48d175fec472e4a9874bc 20.2 MB
d78d3898263a2308e205c88943ef6200 6b78cc7c834ff6d68e40b9d27ca6762bbd54140b 19.92 MB
86acd89541a705275cb7da08bfa492c6 7d70bc9d7c8531ab9e2c4b66cd71851a4d85ada7 17.61 MB
19e82140190d8dc198c27296abff4912 7a8f7aad930eae1264890b276bd10e5a5a5bab31 16.75 MB
26e716ed95dc48cf6e5ac046089366af 2bd96b8ae5ae3ad14c16d2a98a91a9a9f26d179d 13.52 MB
9d5ea74b486a9ec5381341a3e85a567b 153a62889b13786a1faeb489a8f6370f86c3e12b 13.52 MB
0e35b943f6583380981c69ccb97a56d2 1183ade87e3474c4604a7e227f6c8f22aafe0494 13.52 MB
c6689007b3a749c49a5438dcf36e0ce4 bfb396ee24bb44f34a91fe0c854f6e1bad3db20e 13.52 MB
16ab4bd2acc52109f43739bf0e89e18f 1ba58d221a2c95178ae479affc29585b3a37bd01 12.28 MB
29e9794708df51db5dc89fb2e903a0f6 8173f42b4b91225b44cdaa1ddedea11955cc94a5 12.28 MB
8679917a54a08ce5b923a2d0a511babd 2328ae3d88439369ee7af25d48c91aa3d5f1ff96 12.27 MB
518c6116079414e7074e726925d07a41 cc82028c9d8791ce8413e05a70b8b2cc8c757076 12.27 MB
11535b22cfcc1f4d16c8d11289682ba3 73e9bdeb5befe7447370a49ae29f90b737279afb 12.27 MB
2133108adf0810e6521ff9165025b8ba 6010c470f9e351c0c10d2b7704183e5cd39d00b8 7.94 MB
27ee0fc7777a0352633c9fcbae887f22 508d58114b31da84c2c5062e1897b38b043c91c1 7.94 MB
56df6eb445b32d90268ad587f7604629 37c43030a3da1ea18d98dc412fc2429bad946017 7.94 MB
742710bbcdec8bc4920cf7b39f168514 644ec3e839a74c7c8db6de353b6fa3e89e670933 7.98 MB
155042b71f55939f7544012b71903439 932794e5d5a78d18022079357c8bd9860c5868fd 7.86 MB
33ae914c24f546aabf281ba7b138186d 9467c16823168bb99899083450f1badfbd877690 11.05 MB
d7dc3dcb97a022abdf6c986c79f7c84f 4b324dab468901384ec89227d2f393915b30ec48 12.3 MB
e9050087c3a3964b7b99899f22f51264 16288e9115c4aa24f78e4a0e26d466e263f5c722 12.3 MB
af54933386f459cec04ac91c49423b25 22933024bd51ac73495a9884c93b35e4560ed7ec 10.79 MB
cf1d75e7b4a7cc6d2a21fe64c9e50a12 41cfac0f431a8da01e6d0329b8d675459d95d034 10.79 MB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 8.1 42.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro 28.50%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 10.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 5.00%
Windows 8.1 N 2.50%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation 2.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 45.00% of Windows Shell Common Dll.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
ASUS 30.83%
Dell 19.27%
Lenovo 15.41%
Acer 15.22%
Hewlett-Packard 9.63%
Toshiba 7.71%
Alienware 1.93%
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