What is vdsldr.exe?

The genuine vdsldr.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
The client side process for Microsoft's Virtual Disk Service, this application runs on client machines to support virtual disk implementation. A host machine running VDS will have a management console that will allow access to all storage that is accessible through the client machines. This makes storage across the network easily accessible and simple to manage from one server. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

VDSLdr stands for Virtual Disk Service Loader

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 vdsldr.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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Vdsldr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vdsldr
Vdsldr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Virtual Disk Service Loader appears to belong to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Vdsldr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vdsldr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Run). The vdsldr.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous.

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If vdsldr.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 19,968 bytes. It is a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Vdsldr.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The software is a hidden stealth process.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vdsldr.exe. Therefore, you should check the vdsldr.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 vdsldr issues

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