What is vds.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 vds.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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Vds.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vds
Vds.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Virtual Disk Service or Virtueller Datenträgerdienst belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: Vds.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The vds.exe file is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,350,656 bytes (77% of all occurrences) or 3,026,432 bytes. 
The vds.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The vds.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 95% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify vds.exe related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name vds.exe, for example Trojan.Gen or Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec), and HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic or not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win64.BitCoinMiner.azr (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the vds.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

vds.exe is a process from Virtual Disk Service by Microsoft Corporation and part of Microsoft Windows Operating System.
Microsoft Virtual Disk Service vds.exe is a necessary process that, among other things, formats a hard drive.
vds is an ancient way to watch movie or videos at home. it was later replaced by DVD
  Dr. Polmerius F. Ostragan  
nessessary process, especially when using diskpart from cmd.exe

Summary: Average user rating of vds.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think vds.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving vds issues

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