What does the vidalia.exe file do?
The vidalia.exe process is also known as Vidalia and is a part of Vidalia. This software is produced by vidalia-project.net (www.torproject.org/projects/vidalia.html.en). An obsolete or defective version of vidalia.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Vidalia has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Vidalia 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)
- vidalia.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module vidalia.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about vidalia.exe Vidalia
vidalia.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file vidalia.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 6,239,727 bytes (75% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 2,860,304 bytes.
Vidalia.exe does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This vidalia program is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: Run). Vidalia.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 35% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A vidalia.exe file has a 42% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 6,239,727 bytes. This vidalia program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The vidalia file is not part of the Windows operating system. Vidalia.exe is capable of track other applications.
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 vidalia.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 vidalia?
|tor client |
|GUI for the Tor-Proxy; Grafische BenutzeroberfIäche für das Tor-Proxy (further information...) |
|Part of Tor. Not dangerous or memory hog. |
|Vidalia is a cross-platform controller GUI for the Tor software, built using the Qt framework. Vidalia runs on most platforms supported by Qt 4.2 or later, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux or other Unix variants using the X11 window system. (further information...) |
Summary: 4 users judge vidalia.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. For this reason, one user has already deleted vidalia.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Vidalia
To remove Vidalia 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 Vidalia in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if vidalia.exe (Vidalia) 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 Vidalia. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Vidalia 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 vidalia.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.