How to remove the vmnethcp virus

Most antivirus programs identify vmnethcp.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.RCBCRC6 or TROJ_GEN.R2ECFCQ, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.2 or Trojan.Zbot.

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Vmnethcp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vmnethcp
Vmnethcp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as System Monitor Control belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Vmnethcp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Vmnethcp.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,680 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 7,168 bytes or 9,216 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Vmnethcp.exe is not a Windows core file. vmnethcp.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous.

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If vmnethcp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 6,656 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The file is not a Windows core file. vmnethcp.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the vmnethcp.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 vmnethcp issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active vmnethcp process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the vmnethcp.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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