What is VBoxHeadless.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 VBoxHeadless.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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VBoxHeadless.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with VBoxHeadless
VBoxHeadless.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Oracle VM VirtualBox (version 4.3.12_ZZZZ) or Roxio Streamer (version x64) belongs to software Roxio Streamer (version x64) or by Axentra ( or Oracle (

Description: VBoxHeadless.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. VBoxHeadless.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 62,976 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 133,408 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with VBoxHeadless.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Roxio Streamer x64 or Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.12_ZZZZ using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact Customer Service [1][2].

Recommended: Identify VBoxHeadless.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as VBoxHeadless.exe. Therefore, you should check the VBoxHeadless.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

VBox Headless is used to remotely run a virtual machine without showing a GUI. This process comes from Oracle VirtualBox, and is not related to Roxio Streamer or Axentra.
  FileScanner   (further information)
part of virtual box: an emulation program to run another os with-in the main windows system (on your desktop) without need of rebooting. should be located in its own vbox/virtualbox folder, otherwise it maybe part of some os spoofing software (stipulation and dangerous if part of another folder you do not recognise). It is not required for windows to run, but will be required for programs designed to run on a system NOT windows: hence the reason for desktop emulation.
  The Bad Apple  
VBox Headless is used to remotely run a virtual machine without showing a GUI. This process comes from Oracle VirtualBox, and is not related to Roxio Streamer or Axentra.
  FileScanner   (further information)
This could be very incorrect information, unless there are two VBoxHeadless.exe files. This is actually Oracle's VirtaulBox VM software. If you're a developer or user using VirtualBox to run a virtual machine on your system, that's what this is: many developers user VirtualBox with Vagrant and Chef Solo to easily set up development environments (such as Linux) on their Windows machines.
  FlipperPA   (further information)
it uses to much cpu and i don't know what it is doing and i dont know what it is
Moin, ich konnte festellen das ein Programm das ich benutze davon Gebrauch macht. Ich habe ein Android-Simulator namens "Andy" bei mir auf dem Labtop Laufen, dieses scheint es zu benutzen.

Summary: Average user rating of VBoxHeadless.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving VBoxHeadless issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with VBoxHeadless. 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 VBoxHeadless.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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