What is vmware.exe?

The genuine vmware.exe file is a software component of VMware Management Interface by VMware.
Vmware.exe is an executable file that is part of the VMware Workstation, a command line tool that starts the VMware Management Interface. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The VMware Management Interface lets users manage guest virtual machines on a local host. Virtualization allows the hardware resources of a single computer to simultaneously run multiple virtual machines with different operating systems. VMware, Inc. is an American software company that develops cloud and virtualization software and services. It was the first to successfully virtualize the x86 architecture found in most personal computers. It was founded in 1998 by Diane Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Devine, Edward Wang and Edouard Bugnion. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California.

VMware stands for VMware 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.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.exe file information

The process known as VMware Workstation belongs to software VMware Workstation by VMware (

Description: Vmware.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The vmware.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,097,776 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 2,959,920 bytes or 3,160,624 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Vmware.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Vmware.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Recommended: Identify vmware.exe related errors

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

vmware.exe is part of VMware Workstation from VMware, Inc. It is a command line tool that starts the VMware Management Interface.
It's a program to WINDOWS proof your PC! A MUST HAVE for activists; this for easy 1 file backups/restore!

Summary: Average user rating of vmware.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks vmware.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving vmware issues

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