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6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 1.84%
6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 0.31%
6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 0.00%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.64%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.00%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.43%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.09%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.09%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.00%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.09%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.18%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.00%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 2.35%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 0.35%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 0.31%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 3.44%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 1.49%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 0.14%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 0.00%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 0.60%
6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504) 0.00%
6.2.9200.16451 (win8_gdr.121105-1502) 0.07%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.28%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.39%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.18%
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Windows Shell Common Dll by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove shell32.dll
Version:   6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504)
MD5:   4416d7f0f05098711ea45c9d95610a6e
SHA1:   527314ba95d5c5779b5e3c63fed1ce989e22447b
SHA256:   4945a0dcd88d744428486483bb10690fadc0bbf7071ffcf0e49938433ec84420
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.


shell32.dll executes as a process under the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges (the system and the administrator accounts have the same file 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. This version is installed on Windows 8 and is compiled as a 64 bit program.


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:6.2.9200.16496 (win8_gdr.130108-1504)
Product version:6.2.9200.16496
Size:18.84 MB (19,758,080 bytes)
Build date:8/1/2013 9:05 PM
Issued to:Microsoft Corporation
Authority (CA):Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Digital DNA
PE subsystem:Windows GUI
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
More details


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)
Total CPU:0.00007207%
Kernel CPU:0.00006364%
User CPU:0.00000843%
Kernel CPU time:234 ms/min
Private memory:3.05 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):9.07 MB
Private (minimum):8.9 MB
Non-paged memory:3.05 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:83.52 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):86 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:9.04 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):9.39 MB
37.95 MB
Resource allocations

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:System
Command line:"C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" shell32.dll,control_rundll mmsys.cpl

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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