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vc_red. A threat or a Hoax? Myth debunked. 2019 update

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VC_RED is a part of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package

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Questions about VC_RED

VC_RED is a legitimate temporary file which is left on the computer after the installation of Visual C++ Redistributable package. It might also be combined together with VCRedist_x64.exe, VCRedist_x86.exe, and VCRedist_ia64.exe executables. Usually, Visual C++ is required to run programs which need this integrated development environment (IDE) product. 

Type System file
Related files VCRedist_x86.exe; VCRedist_ia64.exe; VCRedist_x64.exe;
Danger level Low
Distribution Enters the system together with Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package
Removal You can uninstall VC_RED with Reimage installed in the root directory like C:\VC_RED is entirely safe. However, if it appears in random folders on your computer, you should run a full system scan with professional antivirus software. For that, we recommend using Reimage since it has high malware-detection rates and is easy to use.

Note that the folder holding VC_RED can contain the following files, which are also safe[1]:

  • eula.1040.txt;
  • eula.1041.txt;
  • eula.1042.txt;
  • eula.2052.txt;
  • eula.3082.txt;
  • eula.1028.txt;
  • eula.1031.txt;
  • eula.1033.txt;
  • eula.1036.txt;
  • vcredist.bmp;
  • globdata.ini;
  • install.exe;
  • install.ini;
  • install.res.1028.dll; 
  • install.res.1042.dll;
  • install.res.2052.dll;
  • install.res.3082.dll;
  • install.res.1031.dll;
  • install.res.1033.dll;
  • install.res.1036.dll;
  • install.res.1040.dll;
  • install.res.1041.dll.

However, if the temporary file is corrupted, you might face multiple errors while trying to launch specific applications, during the startup or using computer functions like printing. Note that it is possible that the software is infected with malware and disrupting your computer's performance. In this case, you should immediately remove VC_RED virus.

VC_RED file illustration
VC_RED is a legitimate file generated during the installation of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package.

Most commonly, you can encounter, such errors related to VC_RED program as error, not found, Runtime Error: Usually, such messages appear during the installation of the software which is related to this file, like MSDN Disc 5000[2]

Likewise, if you have encountered problems mentioned above, you should first identify whether the file is infected with malware or it is merely missing on your computer. Scan your computer with reputable antivirus software and perform VC_RED removal if necessary.

If you have accidentally deleted or another software has removed the files, you can get VC_RED download from the official Microsoft website. Note that there might be similar programs which would try to lure you into installing the bogus version of this product. Thus, stay away from shady pages offering “legitimate” software. 

Temporary files are generated during the installation of Visual C++ Redistributable package

According to[3] experts, these files can appear on your computer after the installation of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package which places the components of Visual C++ libraries required to run applications. Likewise, if you have recently performed the setup mentioned above, do not worry since VC_RED is safe.

However, you might encounter VC_RED virus if you tend to rush through the steps while installing software recklessly. Hackers might bundle the malicious program disguising as the legitimate file with free applications and do not disclose information about it.

Likewise, you are advised to carefully check each step of the procedure as well as choose Custom/Advanced settings. Make sure that you have de-selected all previously marked boxes to ensure that none of the additional downloads are granted with permission to enter the system.

Delete VC_RED from your computer

Even though this file along with other ones is harmless, they are safe to delete. However, we do not advise doing that since improper VC_RED removal can lead to computer damage. Likewise, either leave the program present on your system or get a professional security software to help you.

Additionally, if you have noticed separate files in different directories without a related folder name, you should be aware that malware might have infiltrated on your system. In this case, it is vital to delete VC_RED virus from your computer. However, it should also be performed automatically by an antivirus tool.

Therefore, you can remove VC_RED in both cases with powerful anti-malware software. Download one of the listed security programs and run a full system scan to make sure that your computer is safe. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove VC_RED, follow these steps:

Remove VC_RED from Windows systems

Follow the guidelines to delete VC_RED from Windows.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall VC_RED and related programs
    Here, look for VC_RED or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

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