What is VBoxSVC.exe?

The genuine VBoxSVC.exe file is a software component of Oracle VM VirtualBox by Oracle.
VBoxSVC.exe is an executable file that is part of the Oracle VM VirtualBox, a virtualization software for the Windows x86 platform. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Virtualization first started out in the 1960s in mainframe computers as researchers looked for a way to logically split the mainframes' resources for different applications. Virtualization software allow multiple operating systems to run on the same computer at the same time, each with their own virtual environment. Virtualization is usually used to emulate a complete computer system, for example to run Linux on a PC running Microsoft Windows, or vice versa. The Oracle Corporation is an American company that specializes in developing computer hardware and software – particularly its own brand of database management solutions. Oracle was founded by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates in 1977. Oracle is the second largest software developer by revenue, after Microsoft. It is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Redwood City, California, United States.

VBoxSvc stands for VirtualBox Interface Service

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 VBoxSVC.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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VBoxSVC.exe file information

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

The process known as VirtualBox Interface or Sun xVM VirtualBox Interface belongs to software Oracle VM VirtualBox or YouWave for Android or Sun xVM VirtualBox by Oracle ( or Sun Microsystems (

Description: VBoxSVC.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The VBoxSVC.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,670,080 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,744,896 bytes or 4,493,616 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The VBoxSVC.exe file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. VBoxSVC.exe is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Virtualbox provides an update site and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Oracle VM VirtualBox or Sun xVM VirtualBox).

Recommended: Identify VBoxSVC.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving VBoxSVC issues

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