What is Virtual PC.exe?

The genuine Virtual PC.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Virtual PC by Microsoft.
Virtual PC.exe is an executable file that runs the Microsoft Virtual PC, a virtualization program for Microsoft Windows. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Virtual PC was originally developed by Connectix. The first version was released in June 1997 exclusively for Mac OS. Version 4.0, designed for Windows was released in June 2001. Microsoft acquired Virtual PC from Connectix in February 2003. Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, is the world's largest software maker with respect to revenue. Microsoft is best known for Windows. The company quickly rose to fame and fortune following the success of its 1986 public share offering turning three people into billionaires and an estimated 12,000 Microsoft employees into millionaires.

Virtual PC stands for Microsoft Virtual PC

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 Virtual PC.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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Virtual PC.exe file information

The process known as Virtual (version PC 2007) or Virtual PC belongs to software Microsoft Virtual (version PC 2007) or Virtual (version PC 2004) by Microsoft (

Description: Virtual PC.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Virtual PC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,478,320 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 4,460,832 bytes or 3,988,064 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. Virtual PC.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Virtual PC.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 occur, you can also completely remove it (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

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Summary: Average user rating of Virtual PC.exe: based on 7 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think Virtual PC.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think Virtual PC.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Virtual PC issues

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