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: The original vds.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The vds.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 382,976 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 453,632 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The vds.exe file is a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Vds.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is vds.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true vds.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Virtual Disk Service". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as Trojan.Gen (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Ropest.G or Trojan:Win64/Ropest.G (detected by Microsoft).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If vds.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 94% dangerous. The file size is 101,888 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: RunOnce, User Shell Folders, Run, DEFAULT\Runonce, DEFAULT\Run). The vds.exe file is not a Windows core file. Vds.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as vds.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. 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 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 vds.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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