VLC Updater Malware

This page aims to help you remove VLC Updater Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

VLC Updater

VLC Updater is a Trojan Horse malware program – a type of malicious software that tricks the users about its true purpose by being disguised as a seemingly harmless piece of data. Threats like VLC Updater are often used for data theft and Ransomware distribution.

VLC Updater Malware

A user complains that VLC Updater is installing unwanted software.

If the insidious VLC Updater Trojan virus infection has infiltrated your system there’s really no time to lose as this threat may cause all kinds of unpredictable issues in your computer that could be related to loss of data, financial theft, and even espionage and stalking. The good news is that you’ve been able to spot the malware and you now know what you have on your hands. All that remains to be done now is to remove the threat from the infected computer. Getting rid of a Trojan isn’t always an easy task and in some cases, you may need the help of a reliable anti-malware tool to fully achieve it. Fortunately, there is a set of manual instructions below which you can use to remove the virus and if for some reason they don’t fully work in your case or if you don’t think you can complete all the steps, there is a recommended security tool inside the guide which is tested against this sort of infections and can help you locate and remove all files and system entries related to this Trojan Horse.

The VLC Updater Malware

If Vlc-updater.exe is in a “C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME” or “C:\Documents and settings\YOUR_USERNAME\” or type %HOMEPATH% in Explorer address bar the security assessment is 100% hazardous.It is a file with no intelligence about its developer. Vlc Updater Malware is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and check applications.

As we said, it is good news that you are aware of the presence of VLC Updater in your machine. Many computer users that have a Trojan in their systems have actually no idea about the ongoing infection. There are many different tactics that Trojans are known for employing in order to stay undetected in the computer for longer periods of time. For instance, some Trojans are known for ending and even prohibiting certain processes. Often those are processes related to the antivirus programs in the computer – the Trojan may end their processes and may block the user from starting the antivirus again. It’s even possible that the Trojan doesn’t allow you to install new security programs, in which case your only remaining option would be to use the manual instructions from the guide.

Another stealth tactic that allows viruses like VLC Updater to remain unseen is the disguise they use for their own processes and files. Most Trojans are known for giving their processes the names of system-related ones that no one would suspect of coming from a malware program. The same is done for the files of the Trojan – they could have the names of OS-related files or they may be hidden deep inside system folders. All of this makes the timely detection and removal of VLC Updater and other similar infections quite difficult, not to mention the high likelihood of deleting something that is actually coming from the OS while trying to remove the Trojan data and system-entries.

How harmful is VLC Updater

Currently, we cannot tell you with certainty what the goal of this malware is but you must know that the Trojans, in general, are known for stealing data, abusing the system’s resources, and spreading other threats like Ransomware. Only the timely removal of the Trojan can prevent those things from happening to you.


Name VLC Updater
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  A Trojan could delete some of your data, crash your system to BSOD, use all of your RAM and CPU, and cause other similar forms of disturbance.
Distribution Method  Usually, Trojans get distributed through spam messages or by being disguised as pirated games and programs.
Detection Tool

Remove VLC Updater Malware

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

VLC Updater Malware

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

VLC Updater Malware


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

VLC Updater Malware

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    VLC Updater Malware

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

    VLC Updater Malware

    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

    VLC Updater Malware

    VLC Updater Malware

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

    VLC Updater Malware

    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

    VLC Updater Malware

    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    VLC Updater Malware

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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