What does the vshare.386 file do?
The file does not include any description of the product itself or any copyright information. The process appears in Windows Task Manager as vshare.386. An obsolete or defective version of vshare.386 can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- vshare.386 has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- vshare.386 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)
- vshare.386 has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module vshare.386. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about vshare.386 vshare.386
vshare.386 is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Vshare.386 is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 directory or, as the case may be, in the C:\Windows directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 14,933 bytes (97% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 14,925 bytes.
If necessary, you can manually stop or start this driver in the Device Manager. The Device Manager can be found in Windows Control Panel under Hardware and Sound/Devices and Printers/Device Manager. The driver facilitates access to your computer's hardware and accessories. This file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This vshare.386 process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: system.ini). The vshare file is not part of the Windows operating system. vshare.386 appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 68% 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 vshare.386. 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 vshare?
|From googling I found that some programs don't work with this so I guess it must be normal |
|Seems to be windows relatet. (further information...) |
Lasse F. Sørensen
|microsoft process (further information...) |
|used to free up conventional memory (instead of "share") according to http://www.empowermentzone.com/w31tips.txt |
|Per "support.microsoft.com": Many Windows-based applications that support OLE 2.0 require file-sharing and file-locking capabilities to be enabled. This is accomplished by loading VSHARE.386 in the [386Enh] section of the SYSTEM.INI file or by loading SHARE.EXE in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. (further information...) |
Summary: 5 users judge vshare.386 to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall unknown
To remove vshare.386 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 unknown in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if vshare.386 (vshare.386) 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 vshare.386. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for vshare.386 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 vshare.386 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.