What is VCFw.exe?

The genuine VCFw.exe file is a software component of VAIO Music Transfer by Sony.
VCFw.exe runs the VAIO Content Folder watcher. This program is part of the SonicStage (better known as VAIO Music Transfer) software that is pre-installed on various VAIO laptop models. Sony's VAIO (Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer) brand of personal computers first made its debut in 1996. Currently the brand produces notebooks, subnotebooks, desktops and media centers. Sony started off at the beginning of World War 2 as an electronics shop in Tokyo. Owned by Masaru Ibuka, it took up space in a department store and began operations with only $530 in capital and eight employees. Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation), as it was originally called, built Japan's first Tape recorder, the Type-G. In 1958, the company changed its name to Sony. Today, the Sony corporation is among the world's largest companies which operates under four segments - Electronics, Motion pictures, Music and Financial Services.

VCFw stands for VAIO Content Folder watcher

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 VCFw.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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VCFw.exe file information

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

The process known as VAIO Content Folder Watcher belongs to software VAIO Content Folder Watcher or PMB VAIO Edition plug-in or Setup_VEP_x64 or VAIO Entertainment Platform or Media Gallery by Sony (

Description: VCFw.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. VCFw.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 852,336 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 642,920 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The VCFw.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. VCFw.exe is a Verisign signed file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. VCFw.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ PMB VAIO Edition plug-in or Media Gallery.

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

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