What is mpc-hc.exe, uses, is it virus or safe?

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The mpc-hc.exe is a part of an open source media player software.  It’s very user friendly and support wide range of video formats. In this post, we are going to provide information of mpc-hc.exe, whether its safe or not, file information and few more. Read on!!

What is mpc-hc-.exe?

The MPC-HC stands for The Media Player Classic -Home Cinema and is an audio and video player for Windows. It is simple to use, a streamlined media player that supports many formats and codecs. FYI, it is written in C++ language.

mpc hc taskbar process


How to Download and install mpc-hc.exe?


  •  EXE (“executable”) files, such as mpc-hc.exe, contain step-by-step instructions that a computer follows to carry out an operation.
  • Your computer immediately executes the instructions as soon as you “double-click” an EXE file, to run on your PC.
  • Go to official website and download the software as per the system requirements.
  • Once .exe file is downloaded, double click on it to start the installation.
  • Select the language as per  your language preference and accept the agreement. It supports almost 42 languages.
  • select language for mpc-hc.exe
  • Select the file location and complete the set up .

complete set up

  •     If picture is upside down, try updating video card drivers with the help of IT expert.

File Location

The storage location depends on the version of the OS. Mostly, the mpc-hc.exe is located in C:\Program Files\K-Lite directory.  Since the name of the process looks genuine it easily manages to disguise itself. This file is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. More than its positive use of this file, it gained prominence because of its misuse by the cyber criminals. Here I chose location while installing MPC-HC software:

folder location for media player


Official Website and File Size Information

  • MPC-HC.exe can be downloaded here : mpc-hc.org/
  • File Size:  47 MB (May change with newer versions)

media player class


The version supports all the Windows Operating Systems, starting from XP, Vista till latest version Windows 10.

Since Media player classic is open source, one can find source code here :  github.com/mpc-hc/mpc-hc

Is it a Virus?

As we all know, executable file has .exe as an extension. Executable files sometimes may harm your computer.  If the mpc-hc.exe is not stored on its default location (C:\Program Files\K-Lite) then it might be malware of virus. Therefore, you should first check the source for its quality and decide after various analyses, whether the mpc-hc.exe on your computer is a virus that you should remove, or whether it is a genuine file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

Warning for  first time user

Mpc.hc.exe files is not malware but a genuine file and used by Windows OS to assure some specific programs to run properly. However, many of the cyber criminals use this file name in order to send forward their infectious files to replace the original one that causes the system to throw mpc-hc.exe errors on screens. If such errors are noticed in your computers you should immediately look for the system instability as the PC starts hanging and freezing regularly. This detrimental process elevates the other processes in order to obtain admin rights and take over the system.

Why do we get .exe errors?

Owing to its use, .exe files are used for delivering a virus/malware into the system. Always viruses will be hiding as a genuine .exe file and are carefully distributed through malicious websites and SPAM emails, which can lead to your computer being effected when you open your mail or when you double-click the EXE file.

Spam e-mails from unknown sources are used to spread a malicious virus which infects the .exe file and corrupt your system or sometimes they are used to enter your bank accounts and divert money from your account.

Moreover,  viruses have the ability to enter your PC, replace, or damage existing EXE files, which then shows error messages when MPC-HC is executed. Thus, if you like to download an executable file to your computer system then it should not be done without scanning it for viruses. The file should not be opened before that even it is downloaded from a reliable source.

Did you know?

Software apps on your company needs an executable file – your spreadsheet program, word processor, web browser, etc. – making it as irreplaceable files in the Windows operating system. Exe files are very important for running a program and without them, you wouldn’t be able to use any programs on your PC.


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