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What does the vidalia.exe file do?

The vidalia.exe process is also known as Vidalia and is a part of Vidalia or, as the case may be, Privoxy. 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:

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What you should know about vidalia.exe Vidalia

vidalia.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Vidalia.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 6,239,727 bytes (27% of all these files), 2,860,304 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
The vidalia file is not part of the Windows operating system. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Vidalia.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 33% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

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.
Anthony Stanton
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...)
Michael McConnell

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 or Privoxy

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To remove Vidalia from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Vidalia or Privoxy in the list of available programs.
  5. 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.

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