What is cvpnd.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the cvpnd.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Cvpnd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cvpnd
Cvpnd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Cisco Systems VPN Client belongs to software Cisco Systems VPN Client or Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service or Cisco Systems or v2.3 NSHP CECPV Calculator or T-Mobile VPN Client or TIBCO Rendezvous GAC Assembly or Gatorlink VPN Client by Cisco Systems (

Description: Cvpnd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Cvpnd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—typically C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,516,584 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 1,520,688 bytes and 21 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The cvpnd.exe file is digitally signed. Cvpnd.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Cisco VPN Client occur, you can turn to the software developer, Cisco, for advice, update to a possibly corrected version or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program ).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cvpnd.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cvpnd.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Part of Cisco VPN client software
Legitimate File provided by Organization for VPN
Not dangerous. Required for Cisco VPN
I use Cisco's VPN client, and it only shows up when I activate it, and then only for the period of time between initial login and when autheticated and connected. After that, it goes away. If it displays any other activity, or if you are not using Cisco VVPN CLient - get rid of it FAST.
trojan trying to write into secure memory segment
Your Cisco VPN client uses this process so you can access your office computer remotely. Not a resource hog, just bothersome.
Needed by the Cisco VPN Client subsystem to function properly. Removing the file may cause your VPN client to malfunction
  FuRaNzU™   (further information)
This file is safe if i is executed from Cisco Systems folder. Required to connect to Cisco VPN.
  IT Student  
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Summary: Average user rating of cvpnd.exe: based on 35 votes with 9 reviews. 29 users think cvpnd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think cvpnd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving cvpnd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cvpnd. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the cvpnd.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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