What does the vcredist_x86.exe file do?
The vcredist_x86.exe process is also known as Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Microsoft Visual C (Version 2012 Redistributable). This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of vcredist_x86.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- vcredist_x86.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module vcredist_x86.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about vcredist_x86.exe Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor
vcredist_x86.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file vcredist_x86.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
The file size is 13,179,660 bytes.
It does not supply any version information or other description. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The vcredist_x86 file is not part of the Windows operating system. For this reason, 26% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A vcredist_x86.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 6,503,984 bytes. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). This file contains no information about the producer or the version.
- A vcredist_x86.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 455,720 bytes. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. Vcredist_x86.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Vcredist_x86.exe does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today.
- A vcredist_x86.exe file has a 36% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the Windows Temp directory. In this case, the file size is usually 2,723,264 bytes.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves vcredist_x86.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about vcredist_x86?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall the program or Microsoft Visual C
To remove Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program or Microsoft Visual C in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if vcredist_x86.exe (Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or vcredist_x86.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.