What is tvnserver.exe?

The genuine tvnserver.exe file is a software component of TightVNC by GlavSoft.
Tvnserver.exe is an executable file that belongs to the TightVNC program, an free, open source application designed to provide users with the ability to remotely view and control a target computer with a local mouse and keyboard. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. TightVNC is a remote viewing program that lets users monitor and control other computers through a main computer on which the software is installed. To get the best results out of the system, however, it is advised to install TightVNC on the target computer as well. The program supports multiple platforms and uses tightly encoded combinations of JPEG and zlib compression algorithms to deliver video data from the controlled computer to the controller. TightVNC was created by Constantin Kaplinsky, a Russian programmer, in 2000. It is currently maintained by GlavSoft, a company based in Tomsk, Russia.

TVNServer stands for TightVNC Server for Windows

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 tvnserver.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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Tvnserver.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tvnserver
Tvnserver.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TightVNC Server for Windows or TightVNC Server belongs to software TightVNC or TightVNC Server or GeekBuddy or GCafe 3.0 Client by GlavSoft (

Description: Tvnserver.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Tvnserver.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 815,704 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 828,944 bytes and 7 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Tvnserver.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with tvnserver.exe, you can also do the following:
  • search for help on the company's website
  • uninstall TightVNC software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify tvnserver.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as tvnserver.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the tvnserver.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

tightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer. TightVNC is: free for both personal and commercial usage, with full source code available, useful in administration, tech support, education, and for many other purposes, cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, with Java client included, compatible with standard VNC software, conforming to RFB protocol specifications.
  Andy   (further information)
TightVNC is a desktop sharing program, a remote desktop. Useful, but not completely without risk.
Tvnserver.exe: assistance program used to access the computers on a network
Never installed it but it was running, not cool if you don't want remote access to your machine....
TightVNC allows you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard. It supports numerous protocols for command line or graphical user interfaces. It is essential only if you need its capabilities and is likely running on your computer because you installed this software package as it is not included with any version of Windows.
  Barry R  

Summary: Average user rating of tvnserver.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade tvnserver.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving tvnserver issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with tvnserver. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the tvnserver.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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