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What is vmware-hostd.exe?

The genuine vmware-hostd.exe file is a software component of VMware Workstation by VMware. vmware-hostd is a common library for VMWare products. VMware software provides an entirely virtualised set of hardware to the guest operating system. VMware software virtualises the hardware for a video adapter, a network adapter, and hard disk adapters. The host provides pass-through drivers for guest USB, serial, and parallel devices. In this way, VMware virtual machines become highly portable between computers as every host looks nearly identical to the guest.

vmware-hostd stands for VirtualMachineWare-Hosted Workstation

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-hostd.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-hostd.exe file information

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

The process known as VMware Workstation belongs to software VMware Workstation or VMware Server by VMware (www.vmware.com).

Description: Vmware-hostd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vmware-hostd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 11,839,488 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes, 121,392 bytes or 11,837,440 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/vmware-hostd.exe.html 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The vmware-hostd.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Vmware-hostd.exe is able to connect to the Internet, monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous.
If you still experience problems with vmware-hostd.exe, you can use the software publisher's support site or uninstall the software VMware Workstation or VMware Server using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

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

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vmware-hostd. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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-hostd.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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