What is vetmsg.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 vetmsg.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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Vetmsg.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vetmsg
Vetmsg.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CA Antivirus Realtime Messaging Service or vetmsg belongs to software CA Internet Security Suite or Computer Associates Antivirus or CA Anti-Virus by CA ( or Computer Associates International (

Description: Vetmsg.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vetmsg.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\ca\etrust ez armor\etrust ez antivirus\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 255,216 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 201,840 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The vetmsg.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. It is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can search for help on the company's website or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > CA Internet Security Suite or CA Anti-Virus).

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If vetmsg.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 81,920 bytes. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.

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

CA Etrust Firewall Component
part of vet antivirus program
  lapuce   (further information)
Is a part of the EZ Antivirus software
Not much, which is why I am here looking -- if you run antivirus by etrust, it's part of that
vetmsg exe is a process that belongs to the eTrust EZ Antivirus from Computer Associates. This process should not be removed to ensure that your system security is not breached
  marko129   (further information)
Computer Associates eTrust EZ Antivirus Component
Part of Vet AV
it is installed when you install yahoo antivirus
I have CA's EZ Antivirus & assume this is one of their programs
Part of Computer Associates eTrust EZ Antivirus Component
  Zachary Taylor  
its a part of ca trust security center not dangerous at all
It is apparently a part of Computer Associates EZ Antivirus - part of Zone Alarm's Internet Security Suite. Even though I chose not to install the Anti Virus, VET Message installed and is running on its own. Also see CAISafe - another component of EZ Antivirus which also installed on its own and is now running on my system. I am going to disable them both and see if I really dont need them as I am already running AV software (that i paid for).
Is a part of the EZ Antivirus software
This is part of CA EZ Trust Antivirus software
ca epired on my laptop and ichoose not to renew it but the notice to renew constantly pops up on my screen and nothing I have tried will get rid of it so I call it a virus
I never installed any anti-virus software or have even heard of CA AV, so I don't know where this came from. It also consistently opened windows alerting me to a path that doesn't exist being a virus. I may have gotten a Trojan, but until I can prove that, I'm going to classify this process as a virus.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of vetmsg.exe: based on 19 votes with 16 user comments. 14 users think vetmsg.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think vetmsg.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving vetmsg issues

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