What is VBoxHeadless.exe?

The genuine VBoxHeadless.exe file is a software component of VirtualBox by Oracle.
VirtualBox is a virtualization tool for running multiple operating systems simultaneously on the same machine. VBoxHeadless.exe runs processes required for the functioning of VirtualBox. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. VirtualBox is a cross-platform application that lets multiple operating systems run simultaneously on hardware that might not otherwise support them. This becomes useful when needing to run software developed for one operating system on another (for example, Mac software on Linux or Windows) without having to reboot the system. The Oracle Corporation is an American company that specializes in developing computer hardware and software. The company is best known for its own brand of database management solutions. Oracle was founded by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates in 1977. It is the second largest software developer in the world by revenue, after Microsoft. It is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Redwood City, California, United States.

VBoxHeadless stands for Oracle VirtualBox Headless Launcher

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, 5.1.8) or Roxio Streamer (version x64) or VirtualBox Headless Frontend

belongs to software KOPLAYER Pro version or Oracle VM VirtualBox or Roxio Streamer (version x64) or

by Oracle ( or Axentra (

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 (57% of all occurrences), 1,057,312 bytes, 305,040 bytes or 133,408 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The VBoxHeadless.exe file is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% 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 KOPLAYER Pro version: using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact Customer Service.

Recommended: Identify VBoxHeadless.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as VBoxHeadless.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. 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.
This was directly related to my Droid4x android emulator. When I ended the task for VBoxHeadless.exe, droid4x stopped working. After numerous tests, I am convinced that VBoxHeadless.exe was a task related to Droid4x.
Genymotion android emulator -- Looking at the "Command Line" column on task manager, I realized this was a byproduct of starting each virtual device.
  Bob Stein  

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Summary: Average user rating of VBoxHeadless.exe: based on 7 votes with 8 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 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 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 VBoxHeadless.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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