What is vmware-authd.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 vmware-authd.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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Vmware-authd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vmware-authd
Vmware-authd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VMware Authorization Service belongs to software VMware Workstation or VMware Server or Evernote v by VMware (

Description: Vmware-authd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file vmware-authd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 113,200 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 79,872 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The vmware-authd.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is a Verisign signed file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to visit the website or uninstall the software VMware Workstation or VMware Player using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify vmware-authd.exe related errors

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

Das ist ein Teil von VMware Workstation.
  Vampire   (further information)
This is virtual mashine authentifacation service
  apolon   (further information)
One of the components used by VMWare to allow virtual machines to see your network
Used by VMWare virtual machine software. Allows running Linux (or other OS) on Windows machines *without* rebooting, in a window. Most usefull!
  Richard Creighton  
Not dangerous. Controls VMWare Authentication and authorization for access to virtual machines
  Julian Llanten   (further information)
it comes with vmware workstation (or possibly other products from
Ist auch benötigt für den VMware-Player
  Mikaaaaa!!   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of vmware-authd.exe: based on 9 votes with 7 user comments. 9 users think vmware-authd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving vmware-authd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vmware-authd. 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 vmware-authd.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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