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%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.73%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.07%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.05%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.04%
6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520) 0.00%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.04%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 1.90%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 0.16%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 0.31%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 20.60%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 2.97%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 8.11%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 0.00%
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6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 2.32%
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6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 2.29%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 0.00%
6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) 0.00%
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Windows Shell Common Dll by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

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


There are 116 versions of shell32.dll in the wild, the latest version being 6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952). shell32.dll is run as a standard windows process with the logged in user's account privileges. It is integrated as a plugin to Internet Explorer and will load for each instance of IE. It adds a context menu to the Window's shell named Open With. The average file size is about 13.9 MB. The file is a digitally signed and issued to Microsoft Corporation by Microsoft Corporation. The programs RocketDock 1.3.5, Webplayer Toolbar and Grand Theft Auto V have been observed as installing specific variations of shell32.dll. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0065% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 3.08 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 7.85 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 182 Bytes per minute for reads and 2 Bytes per minute for writes.

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...
Damien Elmes
5% remove
Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it's a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase t...
Ebix Inc.
6% remove
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...
MicroVideo Software Corp.
7% remove
With Micro Video Capture, you can record video and image from webcam, TV tuner card, digital camera and other capture devices in real time, and all captured video files can be saved as AVI format by u...
Punk Software
19% remove
RocketDock is an application launcher developed by PolyVector and Skunkie of Punk Labs that provides a dock similar to that of the Mac OS X Aqua GUI. It is freely available under a Creative Commons li...
Rockstar Games
1% remove
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
7% remove
Through the convergence of control and information systems, Integrated Architecture delivers plantwide optimization, machine builder performance, and sustainable production and serves as a foundation....


(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}
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: 'Move to'
  • Name: 'Copy to'
  • CLSID: {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
  • Name: 'Empty Recycle Bin'
  • Name: 'Moveto'
  • CLSID: {90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}
  • 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\{459DD0F7-0D55-D3DC-67BC-E6BE37E9D762}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}'
  • Implemented as 'CLSID\{8FC07178-B74A-D932-F194-B99F41697888}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}'
  • 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
  • {459DD0F7-0D55-D3DC-67BC-E6BE37E9D762}
  • {8FC07178-B74A-D932-F194-B99F41697888}
  • {72267F6A-A6F9-11D0-BC94-00C04FB67863}
  • {1820FED0-473E-11D0-A96C-00C04FD705A2}
Internet Explorer bars
  • CLSID: {C4EE31F3-4768-11D2-BE5C-00A0C9A83DA1}
Search handlers
  • ShellSearch
Autoplay handlers
Runs under the registry key 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers'
  • Handler name 'MSCDBurningOnArrival'
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 shell browsers
  • CLSID: {0E5CBF21-D15F-11D0-8301-00AA005B4383}

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
65572d70eb8839462278989e25a37c98 1f1f3cf8e4f559a77540550d265b49e57afbe4f7 18.87 MB
bcab91af8542d6c82a22732c172de2db fb412a4e2b586a2a0136e610dcb893eea96ad2d0 16.75 MB
f162757540a3307af777c056544ae871 3ade03766773d8df3ac049264468a8d433066bfe 18.83 MB
f8e8ab38b693dd43a982f95b7a3158cc 4b99aa7f603a0f879294034f5a780921d969c232 18.84 MB
4416d7f0f05098711ea45c9d95610a6e 527314ba95d5c5779b5e3c63fed1ce989e22447b 18.84 MB
594c715f554206032fe8c8ac9ff8f440 19faeb71c7ad798f4b578479a9d8aa4b1e19a31b 16.75 MB
2afd6f0e07ede3e7b31c3ee2da6c403c f5e117267eceb85734202989a3e416ca376577f3 18.84 MB
9002a0c3e940e1a01bd03a7062b27b41 3c51049203f17953bcc16c8d3b908f8b6566505d 18.84 MB
b4c5e797ce7e6f815d2020f739dd71f6 ddc72adfccf2a4693dda21eaefaa45851ef7fdb1 18.84 MB
d6a35d8a7a15936ed2354759fde25cc1 867ebee482cbf54fe47a50e154a7baada18c5836 16.74 MB
19e82140190d8dc198c27296abff4912 7a8f7aad930eae1264890b276bd10e5a5a5bab31 16.75 MB
8aa2ce0249771dacbc01bd5ae76edd6c e786fdd7c74f068a1944e6bfae9df042b761ae54 18.86 MB
e44d3b94ef301b084fa4453bd1a5eb88 be3de578f9dc53a4afe51184c9cc48ce6a2580cb 16.75 MB
70cb7851b01f4b4e0eec0a9606e7d0a3 1d04da6b1920439109ec8f2d7895078f67c3d7bc 18.87 MB
b552d9f2d0f479cb0f9883741ccf6756 962ee9308197f0756f79887ca37784e9945126a7 16.75 MB
d36a739971b0542719aa1092d623ba37 6013e011bf3d116b63f98b68a6c7abf1c1e2e923 18.76 MB
6e8f65415e70f1977f2612531c651d5f 6c9b92a949a1071d6cd0bf5cae9a8fec543c178e 16.68 MB
fff8888fcaa60177c24fdad7b64812a1 ca0f994b298594765b602d0e4900e1928211fe84 16.84 MB
4a1f0c418486a9c9a75cfb1081f31c2c a0f8e367f45784917eed061ef57637de0eb05f09 15.82 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
68469d3522b80f40e23a11b39b1d80c0 00c0041d0aa8a50634f0d54196d9594b649e2c96 12.28 MB
a9188a0c01c515dd8c74ea5c8013d559 fb43f35a9bec0bf6c07a81623b0c0ed1dcc1b7c8 15.25 MB
699b9dda17581b8e7f50a0ff05c7e102 d2065960cd02f4abc70244a4ad27e8b9b44efc09 12.28 MB
7d9a76f744c3a7cd270dcf166f655527 5cf565134f4d57163a76a590fbbb22d0fc00a5b0 12.27 MB
41561c6d06d3ab2955b2bfcddf226a5e a8943f4e04c3b64ded527b397c21fdd7f72c213c 41.62 MB
1bfc94665bca35f9001adc7bfb167c63 9b9a11fe5add3b8513f1c0ee1dd864c11bfe0dca 13.52 MB
8bdbd0e038e53b13eb1cc39d712beaa8 a8cd7b0b2373f15c2e673a13a3b2718ccf1f9b3c 12.28 MB
565d78187494fb5f08b5a52deb2aea7a 47e26aa323075cd4edd63e60b6777f821ddeaecf 12.28 MB
a95798cd164d7b49b2b45f24e2c034cf aa333b78cc6e1a15df2e0fd3e31bc41982cc5a23 13.52 MB
71d5b886e07b4bd2d50fe7cc1a1a7cba e515708f3e4a13a2d9008186a2129bf57277f30a 12.28 MB
e02781d4871844dcd30df1d69a650f78 c82c5fcafd4d25693898aedabd8ebd2b0a30ed13 12.28 MB
e571a5a3e55d497ea2c3bfd4a15dd8da 21f0a4276eef38e52b9333739007c2fae8a2c9bb 12.28 MB
9f964547ef6019d7f5b7010f7eb1acc8 23144aaec3b9470b51557aac165754414f81fcdd 28.39 MB
e9d88493fbdb36d4b65c6f2f7f122c95 3b1ba0fcbbb9f551100f350f7d9f1b578c2f76c6 12.28 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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